Building Multicultural Communities Program

Up to $150,000 is available for projects that enhance multicultural community spaces through infrastructure, equipment and capital works.

 

Building Multicultural Communities Program
 

Overview

The Building Multicultural Communities Program will provide one-off funding to eligible Australian not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations and local government authorities that provide services and key support to their community groups, for projects that enhance multicultural community spaces through infrastructure, equipment and capital works.

The Building Multicultural Communities Program aims to empower communities to embrace the benefits of multiculturalism and maintain cohesive and socially inclusive neighbourhoods. The enhanced multicultural community spaces will provide an opportunity for Australians of all backgrounds to come together for activities, programs and events, while promoting a sense of belonging for Australians of every race, culture and religion.

 

Background

On 12 April 2013, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, announced new measures to support Australia’s vibrant and diverse multicultural communities. One of the measures was a commitment to provide resources to improve infrastructure that will enhance social inclusion and create meeting places that provide opportunities to bring together individuals and families in the community.

The BMCP will provide one-off funding to eligible Australian not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations and local government authorities that provide services and key support to their community groups, for projects that enhance multicultural community spaces through infrastructure, equipment and capital works.

The BMCP is a discretionary, merit-based grants program. Decisions to award grants are made by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The Minister’s decision is final and there is no review or appeal process.

 

Objectives

The BMCP aims to empower communities to embrace the benefits of multiculturalism and maintain cohesive and socially inclusive neighbourhoods. The enhanced multicultural community spaces will provide an opportunity for Australians of all backgrounds to come together for activities, programs and community events, while promoting a sense of belonging for Australians of every race, culture and religion.

Infrastructure, equipment, and capital works projects funded under the program will:

  • enhance community development and service delivery in line with evidence of what works for individuals, families and communities experiencing social exclusion
  • facilitate community networking activities to continue to build a sustainable and self-sufficient community sector
  • provide opportunities for and build participation in key events, workshops and social gatherings
  • promote and support the role of community groups
  • improve community participation and cohesion through the delivery of social or recreational services or activities by enhancing community infrastructure
  • improve opportunities for people from disadvantaged or isolated community groups to be included in community activities.

 

Funding Categories

Building Multicultural Communities Program funding will be available under two streams:

  • Stream One: non-fixed infrastructure and equipment
  • Stream Two: capital works and fixed infrastructure.

Organisations are able to apply for one grant under Stream One, and/or one grant under Stream Two. Organisations cannot apply for more than one grant under each stream.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for BMCP funding, organisations must be Australian not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations or local government authorities that provide services and key support to their community groups.

 

Funding

Building Multicultural Communities Program funding of approximately $4.55 M is available for the Building Multicultural Communities Program (BMCP) in 2013–14.

  • Stream One provides grants of between$1,000 and $10,000 for the purchase of non-fixed infrastructure to upgrade equipment in existing facilities, to promote and foster social inclusion.
  • Stream Two provides grants of up to $50,000 to enhance existing facilities, to improve access for individuals, families and communities and to promote and foster social inclusion.

 

Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation. We are an independent grants consultancy and not affiliated, associated, endorsed by any government agency.

We know what it takes to secure this grant.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

 

Timing

Applications closed 5 pm AEST Friday 28 June 2013.

 

More Information

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