The Victorian Government has consolidated and streamlined grants programs in the Multicultural Affairs portfolio to better meet the needs of the community. To make further enquiries, please contact the Community Grants Team by emailing  or phone 1300 366 356.

Current Grants Rounds

Multicultural Festivals and Events Program

Applications are now open for Round 2 of the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program. This grant encourages participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity.

For more information on how to apply, visit the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program page.

Hindu Festivals and Events Program

Applications are now open for the Hindu Festivals and Events fund. This is a dedicated grant round to support and highlight Hinduism within Victoria. In the 2019-20 round, $50,000 of funding is available to support organisations to celebrate through Hindu celebrations, festivals and events across the state. 

For more information, visit the Hindu Festivals and Events Program page.

Sikh Festivals and Events Program

The Sikh Celebrations and Events Fund supports local community celebrations and state-wide events celebrating the 550th birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh faith, during October and November 2019.

For more information, visit the Sikh Festivals and Events Program page.

Recent Grants Rounds

Seniors Grants

The pre-election commitment to provide a one-off $4,000 grant to the multicultural senior citizens associations, who are currently funded through the Multicultural Affairs portfolio, will be delivered through the upcoming State Budget and allocated from 1 July 2019. 

For more information, please contact the Community Grants Team by emailing  or phone 1300 366 356.

Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund

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

Expressions of Interest for the 2018-19 program are now closed. For more information, visit the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund page.

Community Harmony Program 2018-19

The Community Harmony Program is designed to enable Victorians to build social cohesion and community harmony through preventative initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance. Consolidates the grants programs formerly known as Promoting Community Harmony and Multifaith and Interfaith Initiatives.

Submissions for the 2018-19 Program are now closed and applications are being assessed. For more information visit the Community Harmony Program page.

Capacity Building and Participation Program 2018-19

The Capacity Building and Participation (CBP) Program aims to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural communities across Victoria to fully participate and contribute to everyday life in Victoria.

The program seeks to strengthen the participation, inclusion and contribution of high needs groups, including regional multicultural communities, refugees and asylum seekers, youth, women, seniors, and other diverse cohorts. 

Submissions for the 2018-19 Program are now closed and applications are being assessed. Visit the Capacity Building and Participation Program page.

Multicutural Sport Fund Grants Program

A new grants program promoting access and participation in sport for culturally diverse communities.
Applications for the program have now closed and are currently being reviewed.

LGBTI Communities 

Funding has also been made available for LGBTI communities and organisations through the Community Harmony Program 2016-17 and the Capacity Building and Participation Program 2016-17.  These programs will  support LGBTI communities and organisations to be more inclusive of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  For more information see the program flyer.

Are your details up to date? 

Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that you can be contacted in relation to grants you have received. Update your details by filling out this form. Alternatively, you can contact the Grants Team by emailing or calling 1300 366 356. 

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Alternatively, please check the website regularly for updates about grants.


Events Calendar

  • 21 Sep

    The Language Event - Melbourne

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  • 26 Sep

    Hope for Harmony

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  • 09 Nov

    Wyndham Diwali Mela 2019

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  • 17 Nov

    Polish Festival @ Federation Square

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