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Capacity Building and Participation Program

Receive up to $75,000 to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural and faith-based communities across Victoria

$0 - $75,000
Not-for-profit groups

The Capacity Building and Participation Grants Program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural and faith-based communities across Victoria.

This program aims to supports everyone, regardless of background, to fully participate and contribute to everyday life in Victoria. In particular, the program seeks to strengthen the participation, inclusion and contribution of priority groups including regional communities, refugees and asylum seekers, multicultural young people, multicultural women and multicultural seniors.

  1. Applications are closed.


  • Small Grants

    Grants of up to $5,000 per year for one or two years to strengthen the organisational capacity of small multicultural organisations, including multicultural seniors organisations and community language schools.

    Medium Grants

    Grants up to $75,000 per year for one or two years to support community knowledge and skills building projects which benefit multicultural and faith-based communities.

    Priority groups include:

    • regional communities,
    • refugees and asylum seekers,
    • young people,
    • women,
    • seniors

    Prevention of Family Violence Stream

    Grants of up to $75,000 per year for two years are available for community capacity building projects supporting multicultural and faith-based communities to prevent family violence. Initiatives under this stream could include programs that support the prevention of family violence and all forms of violence against women (including gender equality initiatives).

    Note: organisations are eligible to apply for, and may receive, grants under both the Small and Medium Grants categories.

    • Community organisations or local government authorities partnering with community organisations can apply for up to two years funding.
    • The Small Grants Category includes support for multicultural seniors groups and community language schools.
    • Given the complexity and sensitivity of family violence prevention, applications for funding for these initiatives require organisations to meet specific criteria (see the program guidelines below).
  • The Small Grants Category supports :

    • the establishment and operation of Community Language Schools, including materials and teacher professional development
    • day to day organisational running costs including rent, lighting, heating, catering, utilities, telephone, stationery and postage
    • purchase/hire of minor office equipment, kitchen equipment and other equipment for community capacity building activities
    • provision of community information sessions/seminars; activities or outings, including seniors clubs
    • community transportation costs

    The Medium Grant Category funds a broad range of initiatives to build the capacity of:

    • a specified multicultural or faith-based community (for example: the Vietnamese community in Brimbank or the South Pacific Islander community in Victoria)
    • multiple multicultural communities working together on a common priority (for example: partnership project with multicultural youth to develop social media tools which promote gender equality)
    • a defined priority needs group (for example: women, seniors, young people, or asylum seekers/refugees

    Note: initiatives must be community driven, responding to needs identified by communities themselves.

  • Applications must be submitted online via DPCs Online PortalExternal Link when the funding round is open.

  • Download and read the full program guidelines for more information about eligibility and application processes:

Reviewed 09 August 2019

Contact Us

Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division Department of Premier and Cabinet

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