Up to $100,000 is available from Multicultural Festivals & Events Program to encourage Victorian participation in festivals and events.

Multicultural Festivals & Events Program


Multicultural Festivals & Events Program

The Multicultural Festivals & Events Program (MFE) program encourages participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity. This initiative is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) Division.

There are several changes and additions to the 2017-18 MFE program of which applicants should be aware and consider in preparing and submitting their application. These include:

  • targeted multi-year funding opportunities for regionally-based festivals and events
  • a stronger emphasis on outcomes and data collection for larger projects ($50,000 and above), including a requirement for the submission of an Evaluation Plan
  • a requirement for joint submission by a main applicant and co-applicant for applications requesting $50,000 or more



The Multicultural Festivals & Events Program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To showcase the vibrancy of Victoria’s multiculturalism through regular celebrations and events that encourage participation of the whole community,
  • To foster cross cultural awareness, understanding, community unity and intercultural relationships,
  • To ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate and preserve traditions in meaningful ways, and
  • To build the capacity and experience of smaller or newer community groups to deliver events through the development of genuine partnerships between community organisations.



The Multicultural Festivals & Events Program is divided into three funding streams:

  • Small Grants ($500 to $10,000 for small celebrations and events);
  • Large Grants (from $10,001 to $100,000 for large festivals and events); and
  • School Grants ($500 to $2,000 for Victorian primary and secondary (Prep through Year 12) educational institutions holding Cultural Diversity Week events during or around Cultural Diversity Week).


Priority Areas

The 2017-18 Multicultural Festivals & Events Program will be guided by several priority areas, and will give additional weighting to applications that focus on:

  • developing cross-cultural partnerships for the planning and delivery of activities, where all partner organisations are actively contributing;
  • engaging segments of the Victorian community that may at times be excluded from community activities;
  • mentoring and developing the skills, knowledge and practical events management experience of smaller, new and emerging communities to plan and deliver projects; and
  • using innovative strategies to engage segments of the Victorian community that have not previously attended or taken part in multicultural events.


Eligible Projects

Small Celebrations and Events ($500 to $10,000)

Small multicultural community not-for-profit organisations and groups across Victoria regularly come together to celebrate cultural days of significance. Activities are held in a local community setting and involve smaller group participation or celebration. Events that encourage inclusive participation of the broader community are strongly encouraged.

Large Festivals and Events ($10,001 to $100,000)

Major Festivals and Events foster strong cross-cultural and interfaith connections and maintain ongoing relationships. A number of community groups and organisations work together in partnership to deliver a major
festival, event or gathering which is promoted to the whole community and reaches a wide audience across a sub-regional or regional catchment area.

School Cultural Diversity Week events ($500 to $2000)

Victorian primary and secondary institutions can only apply for funding under the Schools stream for events held during or around Cultural Diversity Week (details for Cultural Diversity Week 2018 will be available at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au). Activities that will be supported build intercultural understanding and/or embed
global and multicultural citizenship perspectives for students. Activities that engage and build partnerships between schools and multicultural communities will be prioritised.

Schools that are awarded a grant for their Cultural Diversity Week event are required to register their events at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au as a condition of their funding.

The types of activities that will be considered under the program across the three funding streams are:

  • multicultural festivals or events with one or more cultural groups;
  • multicultural performances and cultural exhibitions;
  • cultural days of significance celebrations;
  • events that promote cultural dialogue and understanding; and
  • conferences and forums focused on culture and multiculturalism.

The following applications can be supported:

  • applications for projects that address the program objectives and funding criteria; and
  • applications submitted by an eligible organisation.

A celebration, event or festival is generally a one-off occasion for a defined period of time such as a day or across a week and may occur once or twice per year. In some instances, however, funded applications may consist of a clearly related series of two or more events, such as an art event series held during the course of the year.


Eligible Applicants

For projects funded under the Small Celebrations and Events and Large Festivals and Events streams organisations must:

  • be a not-for-profit entity or a Local Government Authority (LGA) who partners with a not-for-profit entity (LGAs cannot apply independently);
  • 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 an organisation does not meet the above criteria they must nominate an eligible auspice to apply for a grant. Auspice organisations must meet the above criteria, and can include local councils.

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the VMC and OMAC are not eligible to receive funding.

Primary and Secondary Schools are eligible to apply under the Schools Cultural Diversity Events stream. An application for a festival or event can be submitted under one funding stream only: schools, small or large.



Applications close 26 April 2018


More Information


Media Release

Thousands of Victorians will be able to celebrate and share their diverse cultures and traditions thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Multicultural Festivals and Events program will this year fund 897 grants to support events that showcase Victoria’s multiculturalism and bring the community together.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced the successful applicants, which span both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

More than 1,000 applications were submitted from both new and established community groups, spanning metropolitan and regional Victoria.