Festivals and Events grants now open

27 February 2017

A new round of multicultural festivals and events grants is now open to support organisers of community events that celebrate Victoria’s rich diversity.

The Victorian Government has announced more than $2 million in funding available under the new Multicultural Festivals and Events Program for events that will be held during the 2017-2018 financial year.

Organisations can apply for small grants capped at $10,000 and large grants of up to $100,000, while schools can apply for funding of up to $2,000 to support cultural diversity celebrations for students.

Successful bids will showcase Victoria’s multicultural traditions through food, music and culture, demonstrate the impact of events for the community and engage the wider public in diversity celebrations.

A continued focus on regional support for multicultural celebrations will broaden as part of the new program, encouraging new groups in regional areas to apply. Multi-year funding of up to three years will be available to offer certainty to the operation of regional festivals and events.

New resources are also available to support organisations to meet new reporting requirements for organisations running larger projects, including an Evaluation Template to encourage a focus on the outcomes of festivals and events.

The program also encourages collaborations between community organisations, asking for joint submissions to be made between organisations for grants of $50,000 or more.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, awarded over 500 grants in the last round of the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.

Minister Scott said the Victorian Government is encouraging multicultural communities to engage the wider public as part of the recently-launched policy for the Victorian. And proud of it.

“As part of Victorian. And proud of it. this year, community groups will be required to open up festivals and events to the broader public to share in the cultural traditions that make Victoria the best place on earth,” said Minister Scott.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) plays a key role on an independent panel for the government’s community grants programs, which uses a comprehensive merit system to assess applications.

Find all information about the new program in the grants section of multicultural.vic.gov.au and read the Minister’s media release.

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