Up to $5,000 is available to community organisations to host multicultural arts and festivals projects.
Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants provide community organisations with assistance to host multicultural arts and festivals projects, providing opportunities for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions.
The Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants provide community organisations with assistance to host multicultural arts and festivals projects, providing opportunities for all Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions.
Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants primarily focuses on promoting inter-community harmony and understanding. The main aims of Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants are to promote respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for Australians of different cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds, focusing on the promotion of inter-community harmony and understanding, for example:
- promoting the importance of mutual respect, understanding and fair treatment of all, regardless of peoples’ cultural, ethnic or religious differences;
- promoting harmony between groups of people from different cultural, racial and religious backgrounds;
- promoting the understanding of Australia’s democratic principles, rights and obligations;
- providing a feasible, practical and effective means of addressing systemic issues of racism and discrimination;
- raising awareness for all Australians to build greater respect and understanding of diversity;
- promoting the benefits of living in a culturally diverse society, including through participation in community events and activities; and
- providing opportunities for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural traditions, including through multicultural arts and festival projects.
Funding will be available for projects that are consistent with the objectives of the Strengthening Communities Guidelines Overview – Multicultural Affairs, such as projects that:
- seek to educate a group (or groups) about another culture, including the Australian ‘way of life’ through information sharing;
- seek to develop ongoing knowledge about prejudice for ‘grass roots’ groups and others – for example, provide training to community leaders to develop their capacity to successfully plan and manage their own prejudice reduction projects;
- address tensions between groups in the wider community directly, for example, engage group members to discuss stereotypes, sources of conflict, and ways to have more co-operative relations;
- provide support through developing practical skills for a particular group and increasing their ability to participate meaningfully in society more broadly; and
- seek to engage a cultural group in mainstream activities including sport and choirs.
Funding will not be available under MAF for:
- Harmony Day events or activities;
- retrospective funding for projects already under way or completed;
- subsidy of general ongoing administrative costs such as electricity, phone, and rent of an organisation;
- major capital expenditure, for example towards buildings, gardens, motor vehicles, computers and sound systems although equipment can be hired for project work;
- projects that are the responsibility of other grant programmes and agencies, such as those which address anti‑social behaviour, family issues and crime;
- the delivery of settlement services – for example, casework and assistance to access mainstream services;
- projects focused on accessing services – for example, raising cross‑cultural awareness amongst service providers;
- English language lessons;
- projects that address employer discrimination, as this issue falls under the purview of other Australian Government agencies;
- projects which are primarily focused on curriculum development, academic research or teacher development;
- reprinting of existing materials or publication of existing manuscripts; and travel to conferences and short training programs.
Up to $5,000 is available for individual projects for events that will be held between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
Applications close 28 April 2016.
The question period for the Multicultural Arts and Festivals funding round is due to close on 21 April 2016 and DSS will not accept any additional questions regarding this funding round after this date.