Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program
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 an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.
The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program aligns with the Multicultural Queensland Charter and promotes:
- Queensland's multicultural identity
- community participation and intercultural connections
- increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
- increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming people from culturally diverse backgrounds into a wide range of community activities.
Funding rounds in 2020–21
In 2020–21, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:
- Multicultural Events— This funding round closed 25 September 2020.
- Multicultural Projects— This funding round will open at a later time within 2020-21.
In 2020–21, the CMQ program will also support:
- Regional Partnerships Demonstration Projects
Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years has been approved for Balonne, Bulloo and Paroo Shire Councils to deliver demonstration projects, with community-based delivery partners and local communities, that implement strategies that strengthen welcome and inclusion in these regional locations.
Examples of the types of event the program supports are:
- a multicultural festival
- cultural celebrations that involve people from a particular community or diverse cultural groups, and the wider community.
- a public or substantial gathering for the purpose of celebrating particular cultural traditions.
Examples of the types of project the program supports are:
- community based activities (such as workshops, training, skills development, knowledge and awareness raising, fostering social connections) to address an identified issue, which are conducted over a period of time with key deliverables/milestones and specified anticipated outcomes
- benefits at an individual level, such as increased community participation, economic independence, inclusion or access to opportunities within the local community.
The successful applicants under the 2020-21 multicultural events funding round have been announced.
Total funding of $973,346 has been allocated to 122 events to be delivered across Queensland in 2021 that promote intercultural connections and inclusion and will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities.
Find out more about the 2020-21 successful grant applicants (PDF, 374KB).
2021 will also feature 89 additional events that were postponed from 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This means a total of 211 multicultural celebrations will take place throughout the year.
View the events calendar for additional information on upcoming events, festivals and celebrations.
It is anticipated that the next funding round for multicultural events, to be delivered in the 2022 calendar year, will open in 2021.
It is anticipated that the 2020-21 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year will open in early 2021.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity
- Non-government not-for-profit organisations
- Local Government Authorities (LGAs)
- P&C Associations.
Eligible organisations and associations must:
- have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual; or hold an exemption from registration; or complete a Statement by Supplier form
- hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event or project
- have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
How to apply
- Ensure you read the relevant funding program documents:
- Funding Guidelines
- FAQ Fact Sheet
- Preview the application form.
- Apply online through SmartyGrants.
Late applications, including submissions of supporting documentation, will not be accepted, and requests for an extension will not be 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 MAfunding@dlgrma.qld.gov.au.
If you need advice with your funding application, or if you require information about other funding sources, you can contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at Multicultural Australia Ltd (formerly MDA Ltd) on (07) 3337 5400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Phone (03) 9320 6888
- Email email@example.com
- SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:
- enter into a funding agreement (PDF, 208KB) and its terms and conditions (PDF, 269KB) and comply with the requirements and conditions of the agreement
- acknowledge the Queensland Government funding on all promotional material associated with the funded event or project
- submit an online Progress Report (if required) and Acquittal Report by the specified due date
- immediately inform the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs via email to MAfunding@dlgrma.qld.gov.au of any proposed changes to the funded event or project, e.g. change in activities, dates, and locations.
Community Facilities and Venues for Hire
There are a number of venue options that are available in your local area to host a meeting or event. A list has been compiled to help locate venues for hire in your community.
You can also use our event registration form to seek approval to promote other eligible events and project activities on the calendar.
Previous successful applications
- 2019–20 successful grant applicants for multicultural events (PDF, 193KB) *
- 2018–19 successful grant applicants for multicultural projects (PDF, 124KB).
- 2018–19 successful grant applicants for multicultural events (PDF, 415KB)
- 2017–18 successful grant applicants for multicultural projects (PDF, 131KB)
- 2017–18 successful grant applicants for multicultural events (PDF, 407KB)
- 2016–17 successful grant applicants for multicultural projects (PDF, 383KB)
- 2016–17 successful grant applicants for multicultural events (PDF, 565KB)
- 2015–16 successful grant applicants for multicultural events and projects (PDF, 389KB)
* Due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of the 2020 funded events are being postponed. The Events Calendar will be updated with information on new dates when they are known.
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:
- 2020–21 Multicultural events - Funding Guidelines (PDF, 324KB)
- 2020–21 Multicultural events - FAQ Fact Sheet (PDF, 151KB)
- 2019–20 Multicultural projects – Funding Guidelines (PDF, 266KB)
- 2019–20 Multicultural projects – FAQ fact Sheet (PDF, 154KB)
- 2019–20 Multicultural events - Funding guidelines (PDF, 314KB)
- 2019–20 Multicultural events - FAQ fact Sheet (PDF, 154KB)
- 2018–19 Multicultural projects - Funding guidelines (DOCX, 462KB)
- 2018–19 Multicultural events - Funding guidelines (PDF, 1MB)
- 2018–19 Multicultural events - FAQ fact sheet (PDF, 567KB)
- 2017–18 Multicultural projects - Funding Guidelines (PDF, 1.3KB)
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 Program managed by Multicultural Australia Ltd, a non-government organisation, provides more information about other funding options available.
Last updated: Thursday, Dec 3, 2020