Up to $100,000 is available for projects that encourage cross-cultural exchanges and mutual respect.
The Unity Through Partnerships (UTP) Grants Program is funded through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC).
In order to achieve this, the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program aims to support major multicultural festivals and events in Victoria that:
- foster cross-cultural connections by encouraging community organisations from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds to work in partnership on a joint project;
- showcase the vibrancy of multiculturalism through festivals and/or events that encourage the participation of the whole community;
- demonstrate the benefits of cultural, linguistic and religious diversity to the broader Victorian community;
- build the capacity and experience of participating community organisations through mutual support, skills development, knowledge sharing and mentoring between partnering organisations;
- develop sustainable relationships between partner organisations with a view to maintaining partnerships after the completion of the project;
- provide opportunities for meaningful and sustainable participation and engagement of a wide range of Victorians, with emphasis on new and emerging communities or groups currently under-represented in community activities; and,
- promote education and awareness of racial and religious diversity and acceptance in Victoria.
The objectives of the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program are to: encourage cross-cultural exchanges and mutual respect; promote greater unity by celebrating, sharing and appreciating our differences; and, develop strong, sustainable relationships between partnering organisations.
The information below provides examples of projects and activities funded through the UTP Grants Program. It is expected that funded projects will involve ongoing engagement, knowledge sharing and capacity building across partner organisations, and will culminate in a public event or festival. Examples of funded projects include:
- Cultural Events – celebrations of cultural and religious days of significance which seek to involve a wide range of Victorians, and are organised in collaboration between partners that represent different cultural, ethnic and/or faith communities and the local community.
- Multicultural Festivals and Events – local multicultural festivals and joint events hosted by multicultural organisations. This could also include large-scale regional multicultural street festivals that involve a range of multicultural organisations celebrating the diversity of a particular area.
Priority is given to projects demonstrating:
- opportunities for organisations to engage in practical training and capacity building opportunities throughout the funding period; and
- willingness to maintain sustainable relationships between partnering organisations after the project and funding period concludes.
Community organisations and non-profit organisations can apply for funding. Organisations must be incorporated under the Australian Corporations Act or as an Association under the Associations Incorporation Act and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
If you wish to apply for funding and are not a formal organisation (i.e. you do not meet the above criteria), you are able to apply in partnership with another organisation that will act as an auspice for your project. Auspice organisations must meet the above criteria. Organisations may submit multiple applications, although priority will be given to only one application. If you are applying for more than one project, please fill out one application form for each project.
The Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program is funded with $1.1 million per annum. Organisations may apply for up to $100,000. In previous rounds, grants have ranged in value from $10,000 to $100,000.
Applications for the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program will close on 28 February 2014.
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
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Unity Through Partnerships Program Guidelines