Multicultural Festivals and Events Program

What is the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program?

The Multicultural Festivals and Events Program is a grant opportunity to help multicultural and multifaith community groups to hold cultural festivals and events for their local communities.



The Multicultural Festivals and Events Program is for the whole Victorian community to celebrate our diversity and embrace multiculturalism through an annual program of festivals and events.

This grants program is administered by the Multicultural Affairs (MA) Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC).

With restrictions easing, the 2020-21 MFE Program Round Two will provide the opportunity to deliver an event face-to-face or in a digital format. All events funded under the MFE Program must follow the latest health advice and social distancing measures throughout the lifespan of the project. For face-to-face events, organisations will need to comply with the COVIDSafe Public Event Framework requirements and other health directions. This will enable Victorians to participate in events that celebrate and embrace our state’s vibrant cultural diversity, while ensuring the health and safety of all Victorians remains a priority.

The Department will continue to monitor the health advice and changes to restrictions and will keep applicants well informed of any changes/additional conditions.



The 2020-21 Multicultural Festivals and Events Program Round Two objectives are:

  • Encourage Victorians to participate in festivals and events that showcase multiculturalism.
  • Promote and educate cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Ensure Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share traditions in meaningful ways.
  • Assist new and emerging and regional multicultural community groups to deliver festivals and events.

The 2020-21 MFE Program Round Two objectives are only applicable to activities taking place between 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.



The 2020-21 Multicultural Festivals and Events Program Round Two offers two funding streams to support organisations to deliver their events digitally or face-to-face:

  • Small stream – up to $2000 (or a lesser amount if requested)
  • Large stream – between $6,000 and $50,000

In this round, $200,000 will be available for Greek communities to hold celebrations marking the bicentenary of Greece’s independence in 2021.

The program will also invest $50,000 to support organisations to hold Hindu celebrations, events and festivals.


Eligible Activities

A celebration, event or festival is generally a one-off occasion. Events and festivals supported under this program can be held as a:

  • stand-alone event across one day or a series of two or more events across a weekend/month, with the same focus and held between 1 March and 30 June 2021

The types of activities that will be considered include:

  • celebrations of significant cultural days
  • multicultural performances and cultural exhibitions
  • events that promote cultural dialogue and understanding across communities.

All events must include activities that focus on showcasing and sharing cultures and traditions.

All festivals and events must be:

  • for Victorian communities
  • accessible by the general public.

They cannot solely rely on multicultural communities to attend.


Eligible Applicants

It is important that your organisation meets the eligibility criteria.

You must be either:

  • a not-for-profit entity – which you must clearly validate by showing your organisation is:
    • registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
    • or registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria as an incorporated association
    • or registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
    • or through your organisation’s constitution orgovernance documents.


  • a social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission related specifically to supporting multiculturalism.
    • led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit
    • derive a substantial portion of their income from trade
    • reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus in the fulfilment of their mission.

and you must have:

  • a current Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • no overdue reports from previous Fairer Victoria funded grants, including from Multicultural Affairs by 3 February 2021. Please email if you are unsure if your organisation is up to date.



Applications close 3 February 2021.


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