What is the MCIF?

The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) offers grants to culturally diverse communities across Victoria to support the building, upgrading and fitout of community infrastructure.

The objectives of the MCIF are to support Victoria’s culturally diverse communities to feel connected with their traditional culture and identity as they participate in and contribute to our wider society. The MCIF seeks to achieve this by supporting the delivery of new facilities or spaces for culturally diverse communities and increasing the safety, accessibility and condition of existing services.

MCIF is underpinned by Victoria’s Multicultural Policy Statement and seeks to ensure that every Victorian has the opportunity to thrive in a peaceful and prosperous society with a shared sense of belonging, respect, acceptance and contribution.

There are two streams of funding available:

Small Grants

Requests between $500 - $100,000 will be considered for minor fitouts or upgrades to existing community facilities.

Large Grants

Requests between $100,001 - $750,000 will be considered for major upgrades of existing facilities or towards the construction of new facilities.

Program guidelines

Find out more about eligibility requirements in the program guidelines.

What new features does this program have?

  • Flexible application times
  • Applicants with a proven history of funding with the Department can apply for up to $10,000 towards the purchase or upgrade of depreciating assets. Assets must support the routine delivery of community activities within facilities and can only be applied for under the small grants funding stream. Examples of items that may be approved for purchase or upgrade under this stream include reverse cycle heating units, kitchen appliances, and audio visual equipment.
  • Matched funding is no longer required for applicants requesting less than $3,000.

  • Local Government Authorities (LGAs) can act as an auspice for eligible organisations only and are not eligible to apply independently for funding.

How do I apply?

The MCIF is a discretionary merit-based grants program administered by the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

The program involves an eligibility and merit-based application process and is highly competitive. Many more applications are received than can be supported and partial funding may be offered.

To ensure your application has the best possible chance of success, please read the program guidelines carefully before you apply.

Small Stream Application

Step One: Read the program guidelines and to discuss your application or eligibility contact 03 7017 8196

Step Two: Ensure you have all the supporting documentation prepared.  A list of the mandatory supporting documents is available on page 15 of the program guidelines.

Step Three: Submit the full Small Stream Application Form and any supporting documents via the grants portal.

Applications can be submitted at any time before 11.59pm Friday 22 February 2019.

If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays.

Start a Small Stream Application.


Large Stream EOI

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the large funding stream can be submitted at any time. Applicants successful at the EOI stage will be invited to submit a full application.

Step One: Read the program guidelines and to discuss your application or eligibility contact 03 7017 8196

Step Two: Ensure you have all the supporting documentation prepared.  A list of the mandatory supporting documents is available on page 16 of the program guidelines.

Step Three: Submit the Large Stream EOI Form and any supporting documents via the grants portal.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time before 11.59pm Friday 22 February 2019.

If you need assistance with applying online, please call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays.

Next Steps: Applications successful at the EOI stage will be invited to submit a full application. A MASC representative may contact you to arrange a site visit while the full application is being prepared.

Applications unsuccessful at the EOI stage will be provided feedback on their application and encouraged to reapply.

Start a Large Stream EOI
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Additional Information and templates

Already started an application? Edit or submit your current application

In-kind contributions – How to calculate in-kind contributions

Large Stream EOI form and Full Application form templates - Large Stream EOI formFull Application form

 

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