Celebrating Multicultural Queensland

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland

Grants - Open grants, QLD Grants

Open now until 15th March 2021. The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program aligns with the Multicultural Queensland Charter and promotes:

  • Queensland’s multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased community capacity to address emerging issues and foster access to services
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming people from culturally diverse backgrounds into a wide range of community activities.

Funding rounds in 2020–21

In 2020–21, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • Multicultural Events— This funding round closed  25 September 2020.
  • Multicultural Projects— Open Wednesday, 3 February 2021 and closing 10.00am, Monday, 15 March 2021.

In 2020–21, the CMQ program will also support:

  • Regional Partnerships Demonstration Projects
    Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years has been approved for Balonne, Bulloo and Paroo Shire Councils to deliver demonstration projects, with community-based delivery partners and local communities, that implement strategies that strengthen welcome and inclusion in these regional locations.

Multicultural events

The successful applicants under the 2020-21 multicultural events funding round have been announced.

Total funding of $973,346 has been allocated to 122 events to be delivered across Queensland in 2021 that promote intercultural connections and inclusion and will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities.

Find out more about the 2020-21 successful grant applicants (PDF, 374KB).

2021 will also feature 89 additional events that were postponed from 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This means a total of 211 multicultural celebrations will take place throughout the year.

View the events calendar for additional information on upcoming events, festivals and celebrations.

It is anticipated that the next funding round for multicultural events, to be delivered in the 2022 calendar year, will open in 2021.

Multicultural projects

The 2020–21 multicultural projects funding round is now open for funding applications and will close on 15 March 2021.

Eligible applicants can apply for funding under two categories:

Category 1 – Economic and Social Participation Projects

  • Innovative projects based on identified need that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds in the economic, social and cultural life of Queensland.
  • One-off funding up to $40,000 available for projects to be delivered from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Category 2 – Youth and Community Connection Projects

  • For innovative projects that can assist with breaking down the barriers facing young people from culturally diverse backgrounds that can result in feelings of disengagement or disconnection with the community, and to increase their access to, and inclusion within the community.
  • Projects receiving funding under this category are to ensure young people from culturally diverse backgrounds are leading in identifying the barrier/need to be addressed, as well as the planning, design, delivery and evaluation.
  • One-off funding of between $5,000 to $120,000 is available. Project implementation timeframe can be up to two years. Projects are to be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023.

For further information, refer to the 2020–21 Funding Guidelines for Multicultural Projects (PDF, 530 KB) for information about the funding priorities and mandatory funding criteria for each category.

Please note, due to the high demand for funding, only one application per category for an organisation will be accepted.

Click here for more information on the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program.

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