Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP)

Up to $750,000 is available from CICP to maintain and build infrastructure or enhance cultural precincts for culturally diverse communities.

Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP)

Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP)

The Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program (CICP) offers grants to help maintain existing community infrastructure, build new community infrastructure, or enhance cultural precincts for culturally diverse communities. The CICP Program consolidates the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s (VMC) former Building and Facilities Improvement Grants and OMAC’s former Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund.



The Victorian Government is committed to preserving and promoting Victoria’s multicultural heritage, celebrating cultural diversity, leveraging economic benefits and promoting socially inclusive communities.

The CICP Program consolidates the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s (VMC) former Building and Facilities Improvements grants and OMAC’s former Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund. The program design, assessment process and grant recommendations are agreed utilising a collaborative approach between OMAC and the VMC.



The objectives of the program are to:

  • promote greater use of community facilities by Victoria’s culturally diverse communities; increasing their participation in activities and enhancing access to services; and
  • enable Victoria’s cultural precincts to remain sustainable and attractive for cultural and tourism activities.



Two streams of funding are available:

  • Small Grants – $500-$100,000, for minor works and upgrades to community facilities, and
  • Large Grants – $100,001-$750,000, for major upgrades and construction of new infrastructure and cultural precincts.


Eligible Projects

Small Grants

Minor works to:

  • existing community facilities (e.g. extension of an existing facility to provide additional meeting space, kitchen upgrade or ensuring equitable access); or
  • enhance streetscapes and public places that preserve and showcase the identity of existing cultural precincts in Victoria. These minor works could include improvements to culturally themed infrastructure within existing cultural precincts.

Large Grants

  • Major upgrades or construction of community facilities; or
  • Major upgrades and construction of cultural precincts in Victoria; and culturally themed infrastructure within cultural precincts.

The following applications can be supported; for projects that:

  • address the program objectives and funding criteria;
  • are submitted by an eligible organisation
  • have undergone sufficient planning and feasibility assessment;
  • secure the minimum matched funding contributions;
  • supply quotes from registered contractors or cost estimates from quantity surveyors;
  • are scheduled to commence implementation within one year after the offer of a grant has been made.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible under this round, organisation’s must:

  • be a not-for-profit entity or a Local Government Authority (LGA) who consults with culturally diverse groups and organisations and demonstrates they are enhancing infrastructure;
  • if a not-for-profit entity, be registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic), and
  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

If your organisation does not meet the above criteria you must nominate an eligible auspice to apply for a grant. Auspice organisations must meet the above criteria, and can include local councils.

If applying through an auspice organisation, the applicant must also supply the auspice organisation’s ABN. The auspice will be responsible for management of the funding agreement with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (Department of Premier and Cabinet).



Applications close 14 August 2017.


2017-18 Recipients

3CR Community Radio$30,075
63 Miller Street Epping Temple Charitable Trust$31,834
Africa Day Australia (ADA)$10,500
Alevi Communtiy Council of Victoria$40,000
Armenian General Benevolent Union$26,178
Association of Ukrainians in Victoria ‐ Newborough$22,500
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre$48,500
Australian Shia Gathering Place Inc$37,500
Ballarat Regional Multicultrual Council (BRMC)$75,000
Beth Weizmann Community Centre Inc$27,495
Calabria Club$60,000
Cambodian Association of Victoria Inc.$74,993
Chinese Association of Victoria Incorporated$19,000
Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria Limited$37,500
Darubilal Education, Charity & Welfare Association$41,250
Diversitat ‐ Geelong Ethnic Communities$211,500
Epirotic Philanthropic Society “Dodoni”$3,625
Finnish Society of Melbourne$2,291
Goulburn Valley Turkish Islamic and Cultural Society Inc$52,500
Greater Shepparton City Council$12,500
Greek Orthodox Community of Whittlesea$43,500
Greek Orthodox Parish of “St Vasilios” Brunswick$4,000
Guru Nanak Sikh Soiety Shepparton Inc$50,000
Hindu Society of Victoria (Aus) Inc$162,350
Horsham Rural City Council$33,300
House of Persia Community and Cultural Centre$12,500
Jewish Library of Australia Limited$7,500
Kirrae Health Services Inc$72,675
Lerian Club of Melbourne$38,663
Macedonian Community Cultural Heritage Society Shepparton and District Incorporated$25,000
Macedonian Orthodox Community of Melbourne$375,000
Maltese Community Council of Victoria Inc.$3,911
Melbourne Murugan Cultural Centre Inc$110,000
Micare Ltd$33,062
Multicultural Seniors Association of Victoria Inc.$7,500
Multicultural Youth Centre$375,000
Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc$30,338
New United Villages of Florina$65,175
North Eastern Jewish War Memorial Centre$23,246
Pammessinian Brotherhood “Papaflessas”$22,878
Panpyliaki Brotherhood Navarino” Of Melbourne & Victoria Ltd.$22,525
Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre Inc. trading as Refugee Legal$12,500
Rejoice Chinese Christian Communication Centre Inc$37,500
Russian House Melbourne Inc.$75,000
Serbian Pensioner Group of Frankston “Ravna Gora”$14,281
Societa’ Isole Eolie$38,510
Somali Cultural Association$5,625
Space2b Design$24,226
St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church ‐ Doncaster & Templestowe$36,000
St Mark’s Coptic Church$40,500
Tayyiba Educational Trust Fund$13,734
The Albanian Australian Islamic Society$9,650
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion$33,750
The Philanthropic Society of Kaloneri Siatista Inc$13,834
The Samaritan Foundation Inc$9,375
Trustees for Nathdwara Education & Cultural Trust$75,000
Vietnamese Community In Australia/Vic Chapter Inc$50,000
Wimmera Volunteers Inc$175,000
Wyndham Community and Education Centre$32,686
Zee Cheng Khor Moral Uplifting Society Inc$8,839


More Information


Media Release

The Andrews Labor Government will provide more than $3 million to over 60 culturally diverse community organisations across Victoria to support the restoration or construction of community facilities and cultural precincts.

This funding will be provided through the Labor Government’s Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program.

CICP promotes greater use of community facilities by Victoria’s culturally diverse communities, increasing their participation in activities, improving access to services and enabling Victoria’s cultural precincts to remain attractive for cultural and tourism activities.

The Labor Government is promoting an inclusive society where every Victorian can preserve and share their culture and traditions in spaces of their own heritage.

Projects that will be funded include:

  • a ‘Diversability Centre’ project in Norland of Greater Geelong City Council, to create open plan office spaces and meeting spaces for diverse communities and the wider community
  • a Space 2b Design project in St Kilda to upgrade an existing community centre as a community enterprise that runs employment pathway programs to culturally diverse communities
  • And upgrading the Hindu Society of Victoria’s car park in Carrum Downs.

All funded projects will increase diverse communities’ access to good, functional facilities that enable them to better use services, participate in activities and share their cultures with the wider Victorian community.

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