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The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building a inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) Program in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter, promotes:

Funding rounds in 2019–20

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will also support:

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural Events

The 2019–20 multicultural events funding round closed on Monday 29 July 2019.

Funding will be allocated to events to be delivered across Queensland in 2020 that promote intercultural connections and inclusion and will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities.

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes before the end of December 2019.

The next funding round for multicultural events to be delivered in the 2021 calendar year will open in 2020.

Multicultural Projects

The successful recipients, under the 2018–19 multicultural projects funding round, have been announced.

Under the 2018–19 multicultural projects funding round, total funding of $375,221 has been allocated to 12 projects to be delivered across Queensland from July 2019 to June 2020 that will create pathways to participation for people from diverse cultural backgrounds in the cultural, economic, and social life of Queensland.

Find out more about the 2018-19 grant recipients (PDF, 124KB).

Who can apply?

Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

How to apply

  1. Ensure you read the funding program documents:
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants.

Please note, late applications, including supporting documentation, are not accepted, and requests for an extension are not considered.

Help with applying

If after reading the Guidelines you still have questions, or you require further information about the program, you can contact the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you need advice in developing a funding application, or if you require information about other funding sources, you can contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at Multicultural Australia Ltd on (07) 3198 2500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multicultural Australia Ltd is a non-government organisation and is independent of the grant assessment process.

For more information about applying online, you can read the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants. If you are having difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, you can contact SmartyGrants directly:

Successful applicants

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

Events calendar

Funded events are automatically included in the events calendar. Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any updates to an event so they can be reflected in our online calendar.

You can also use our event registration form to seek approval to promote other events and project activities on the calendar.

Previous successful applications

Previous funding guidelines

Guidelines from the previous funding rounds are listed below for information only. Funding guidelines are subject to change between each funding round:

More information

If you would like to receive future email communications about multicultural topics, including the opening of future funding rounds, complete the online registration form.

The Community Funding Access Program managed by Multicultural Australia Ltd, a non-government organisation, provides more information about other funding options available.