Up to $750,000 is available from MCIF to promote greater use and access to community-owned facilities by Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (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.
There are two streams of funding available:
Requests between $500 – $100,000 will be considered for minor fitouts or upgrades to existing community facilities.
Requests between $100,001 – $750,000 will be considered for major upgrades of existing facilities or towards the construction of new facilities.
- Minor works to existing community facilities (e.g. extension of an existing facility to provide additional meeting space, kitchen upgrade or works to enable accessibility)
- The purchase or upgrade of depreciating assets (to the value of $10,000) that support the routine delivery of community activities within facilities (e.g. reverse cycle heating units, AV equipment).
- Repairs to an existing community facility (e.g. carpet, painting, roof repairs or asbestos removal).
- Major upgrades to existing community facilities.
- The construction of new community facilities.
To be eligible for funding, an organisation must:
- Be a not-for-profit entity registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
- 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 also meet the above criteria.
Local Government Authorities (LGAs) can act as an auspice for community groups but cannot apply independently for funding.
Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through MASC/VMC may submit an application (small stream) or EOI (large stream) for funding. However, if such an applicant is successful in their application, no funding will be provided until all overdue accountability reports have been submitted and approved by MASC/VMC.
Applications close 22 February 2019.
More than 45 culturally diverse community organisations across Victoria will share in more than $7.5 million from the Andrews Labor Government to support restoration and construction of community facilities.
The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund supports Victoria’s communities to feel connected with their traditional culture as they participate in and contribute to our wider society.
The Labor Government is promoting an inclusive society where every Victorian is able to preserve and share their culture and traditions, and have spaces that they can make their own.
Projects include the development of a Greek Community Centre in Mulgrave, a new multifunctional community centre in Ravenhall for the African community and Victoria’s first ever meeting hub in Dandenong dedicated to Victoria’s 40,000 strong Tamil community.
All projects will increase access to safe and functional facilities that enable diverse communities across the state to access services, participate in activities and share their cultures with the wider Victorian community.
More than 70 applications were submitted to the 2018-19 Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund by both new and established community groups across regional Victoria and metropolitan areas.