Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund
The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) offers between $10,000 and $100,000 to multicultural communities across Victoria to support upgrades to community facilities.
The program aims to support Victoria’s diverse communities to feel connected with their traditional culture and identity by increasing the safety, accessibility and condition of existing community facilities.
Free information webinar
To learn more about the fund and how to apply for a grant, watch our Multicultural Affairs grants webinar PowerPoint.
You must be either:
- a not-for-profit entity registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
- a social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission related specifically to supporting multiculturalism
And you must have:
- a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- no outstanding accountability reports or final reports required for any Multicultural Affairs-funded grants
Auspice arrangements are not permitted under this program.
Works on an existing community facility like:
- maintenance— painting, tiling or structural repairs such as roofing, plumbing or flooring works
- upgrades— kitchen or bathroom upgrades, energy efficiency improvements
- renovations— extensions or internal remodelling to improve accessibility or create new rooms, kitchen or bathroom replacement, heating and cooling systems
- security upgrades to an existing community facility which are not electronic in nature — securing doors or windows, security lighting, facade works, fencing and perimeter security
- outdoor areas – pergolas, playgrounds, fencing, garden beds
You must clearly list any assets you want to buy in the project application form. These are subject to approval by the Department.
Please note that equipment or assets cannot cost more than 40% of the grant you request.
Applications can be saved and completed at a later date. It's recommended that applicants start the process early to collate any documents needed.
Once submitted, you'll receive an application number you can use as a reference.
You must attach and submit all supporting documentation with your application, or your application will be considered ineligible and not assessed.
Submit your application by 20 February 2020.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information, or help with your application, contact the Programs and Grants Team:
Your project must start quickly and be finished no later than 31 May 2021. After that date, grant payments will cease. They cannot be carried forward or made available to pay for incomplete project activities in following financial years.
Your application must:
- come from an eligible organisation (see ‘Who can apply?’ above)
- clearly address one or more of the MCIF objectives
- meet a community need, have undergone sufficient planning and be ready to proceed
- demonstrate the minimum requirement for matched funding
- demonstrate evidence of land title or a lease agreement (no less than three years)
- supply quotes from registered contractors or cost estimates from quantity surveyors for any works (for any amount). Works over $20,000 require two quotes.
- clearly show the project will be completed before 31 May 2021
- include all relevant supporting documentation
Extra consideration will be given to applications that:
- are from a regional or rural area of Victoria
- are from a new and emerging community
- increase the shared use of a community facility by a more than one multicultural group
If we fund your project, we reserve the right to place restrictions on what the funding can and cannot be used for.
- A project plan—including whether you intend to use a project manager.
- Evidence of funding source(s) to meet the matched funding requirement. For example, bank statements, a record of investment, your bank loan or confirmation of funding from financial partners.
- Evidence of any applicable licences, building or planning permits in place, or evidence that you’ve applied for them.
- Your organisation’s financial statements for the last three years—as already provided to Consumer Affairs Victoria (through myCAV) or to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, or in a way we agree to.
- A copy of the current land title or lease agreement (no less than 3 years) for the site of the proposed project.
- Cost estimates or quotes for works of any cost. Please note any project works over $20,000 need 2 quotes.
- Concept designs/site plans for the upgrading of facilities or new works your application relates to (if applicable and where relevant).
- No more than ten photos—less than 2MB each—of the existing site your application relates to (e.g. the kitchen area you want to upgrade or renovate).
- A Certificate of Currency for public liability insurance with a minimum cover of $10 million for any one occurrence.
- A Certificate of Currency for workers’ compensation insurance if paid staff will work on the project.
- applications from ineligible applicants
- applications that do not address the MCIF’s objectives and assessment criteria
- applications that are not complete
- applications that are not submitted on time.
We also will not support:
- un-fixed, mobile or transferable assets like computers, gardening equipment, musical instruments, small removable kitchen equipment like blenders, microwaves, toasters, etc
- projects that currently have funding or have received funding in the past from Multicultural Affairs or the Department
- completed projects
- buying land
- purchase of assets / materials / products for the project from overseas
- design, architecture and planning costs
- planning and building permit fees
- CCTV and other electronic security infrastructure
- predominantly decorative or ornamental projects
- projects to create or enhance privately-owned land or facilities, unless there’s an existing, satisfactory long-term lease agreement (minimum of three years) between the applicant and the asset owner
- projects advancing political activities
- projects advancing religious activities (e.g. enhancement of infrastructure exclusively used for worship—unless it is open for wider community use)
- construction or enhancement of schools or emergency service centres
- supplementing recurrent or ongoing costs of an existing organisation
- ongoing maintenance or administration costs
- staff salaries
- funding that could have a negative impact on existing businesses and services, or compete with other local commercial interests as per National Competition Policy
- funding for infrastructure or property owned by another state, local government or the Commonwealth of Australia
- inappropriate use of public funds which are inconsistent with the MCIF objectives and Victorian Values
Initially, we will assess and weigh your project against the eligibility and assessment criteria. Following an eligibility and merit assessment, the application will be assessed by a panel that includes representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and other relevant independent experts.
The final decision is made by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Once a decision has been made, we will advise you if you have been successful or not.
Please note that the Department of Premier and Cabinet can decide to change the grant guidelines at any time.
1. Does your project have merit and fill a community need?
- Your project must have a clear vision and scope that achieves the program objectives.
- Your project must address a clear need or gap in community infrastructure.
- Your application must describe how benefits will continue in future years after your project ends.
2. Does your project benefit any of the priority groups?
- The project will benefit one or more of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities.
- Preference will be given to projects supporting (one or more) of the following priority groups or communities:
- culturally diverse regional communities
- new and emerging communities.
3. Is your project feasible and ready to proceed?
- Your project is well-planned with appropriate approvals and risk management in place.
- You’re ready to start:
- If it involves property: We have to see evidence of an existing Land or Property title or lease agreement (no less than 3 years)
- If it involves permits: You must have all the relevant approvals and permits in place or be able get these within two months of being successful and receiving a Letter of Offer.
- Your project will be delivered by an organisation with appropriate administration, project management and governance expertise, and financial stability.
4. The budget
You can demonstrate your capacity to match our funding.
Your project is:
- financially ready to start and has a clear approach, with realistic time frames
- based on sound cost estimates and offers value for money
- an appropriate use of public funds
- appropriately insured and covered for any other liabilities
2018-2019 Successful grants
2017-2018 Successful grants
2016-2017 Successful grants
Reviewed 22 January 2020