The Victorian Government is consolidating and streamlining grant programs in the Multicultural Affairs portfolio to better meet the needs of the community.

It is anticipated that these new grant programs will open in 2016.

Download a flyer and PowerPoint presentation for more information about the consolidation of grant programs.

More information sessions will be held in 2016.

To register your interest or make further enquiries, please contact the Community Strengthening Team at or phone (03) 9651 0636 or 1300 366 356.

If your organisation is hosting larger events, seminars or workshops to provide an update on grants, the Community Strengthening Team may be able to make a presentation. Please contact the Team to check availability.Grant Programs Open

The Multicultural Festivals and Events Program opened on Friday 11 December, 2015 for events being held between January and June 2016, which includes the former Unity Through Partnerships Program and Schools Cultural Diversity Week Events.

Click here for information about the program and how to apply.

Applications will close at midnight, 7 February 2016*
*This date has been extended from the closing date previously communicated.

If your event is held in January or February please submit your application as soon as possible so that the application assessment can be prioritised.

Recent Grant Programs
Applications for Senior Citizens Organisational Support Grants are now closed, it is expected that outcomes will be announced in early in  2016
Applications for Multicultural Media Grants are now closed, outcomes are expected to be announced early in 2016.

Forthcoming Grant Programs

The Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program is anticipated to open early in 2016 for small capital infrastructure projects ready to commence followed closely by a second round for small and large capital infrastructure projects commencing in 2016-17.

The Community Harmony Program is anticipated to open early in 2016, which includes the grant programs formerly known as Promoting Community Harmony and Multifaith and Interfaith Initiatives.

The Capacity Building and Participation Program is anticipated to open in early 2016, which includes the grant programs formerly known as Strengthening Multicultural CommunitiesOrganisational Support Grants, Community Language Schools Program GrantsRefugee Action Program and Asylum Seeker Support Program.

Multicultural Festivals and Events Program, which includes the former Unity Through Partnerships program, is anticipated to open in early 2016 for festivals and events to be held between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Please note that the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program is being streamlined into one major round, rather than two rounds in 2016.

Events Calendar

  • 21 Feb

    Melbourne Tomato Festival

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  • 28 Feb

    Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

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  • 02 Mar

    Australian Red Cross 2016 National Practitioners' Forum

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  • 05 May

    Triennial International Conference of the Settlement Council of Australia

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