The closing date for Round One of the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program (MFE) 2019-2020 has been extended by one week, due to the recent tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand.

On behalf of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those affected by the tragedy. We understand that organisations have been focused on providing support and comfort to their communities.

The final closing date for MFE Round One is midnight, Friday 29 March 2019.

What is the program?

The Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program encourages participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity.

What's new in the program?

There are several changes to the 2019-20 MFE program that applicants should be aware of and should consider in this application.

These include:

  • two application rounds

Two application rounds (round 1 and round 2) will be open in 2019-20. Round one is for projects held between 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019 and is currently open until 22 March 2019. Round two will open in July 2019* and is for projects held between 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020.
*Dates to be confirmed.

There is a limit of two applications per organisation in any funding round.

  • application and evaluation process

All applications in the Medium and Large streams will be asked how the success of the project will be measured. Applicants will be required to report on these performance measures through an accountability report and/or evaluation plan.

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports will not be eligible for the program until they have returned these documents.

  • Regional projects

Applications for regional festivals and events will be highly regarded as a proportion of MFE funding will be allocated for regional projects. The MASC Community Grants Team held a number of community grants information sessions in metropolitan and regional locations across the state in February and early March. Attached is a copy of grants information session powerpoint if you were unable to attend. Further forum dates are being planned for MFE Round 2.

Program guidelines

Find out more about eligibility requirements in the program guidelines.

How do I apply?

The MFE program is divided into three funding streams, based on the size and scope of your project (see below). Click on the following links to the grants portal to begin your application:


Funding Available

Suggested Size/Scope of Event 

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Up to $10,000  The activity will reach the organisation’s community
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$10,001 - $50,000

The activity will reach the organisation’s community and at least one other, or more than 1,500 people.
Note applications must include a project plan, communication strategy and evaluation plan

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$50,001 - $100,000 The activity will reach multiple communities, or more than 10,000 people.
Note applications must include a detailed project plan, communication strategy and evaluation plan

Further information

The program is underpinned by the Victorian Values Statement, which is the core of Victoria's Multicultural Policy Statement.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • showcase the vibrancy and contribution of Victoria’s multiculturalism through regular celebrations and events that encourage participation of the whole community;
  • foster cross-cultural awareness, understanding, respect, community unity and intercultural relationships;
  • ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share traditions in meaningful ways; and
  • build the capacity and experience of smaller or newer community groups to deliver events through the development of genuine partnerships between community organisations.

Find out more about eligibility requirements in the program guidelines or contact

Successful applicants

A list of successful applicants for the 2018-2019 program can be viewed on the Successful Grants page.