The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund (MCIF) offers grants to multicultural communities across Victoria to support the building and upgrading of community facilities, supporting Victoria’s diverse communities to feel connected with their traditional culture and identity.
The Large Grants Stream covers requests between $100,001 - $750,000 for major upgrades of existing community infrastructure or towards the construction of new facilities.
Applications and expressions of interest are closed
All available funding under the 2018-19 MCIF has been committed.
To be eligible, an organisation must:
- be a not-for-profit organisation
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
If your organisation does not meet the criteria you must nominate an eligible auspice to apply for a grant. Auspice organisations must meet the above criteria.
Local Government Authorities (LGAs) can act as an auspice for community groups but cannot apply independently for funding.
Matched funding requirements:
- projects less than $3,000 – no matched funding requirement
- projects more than $3,000 in metropolitan Melbourne – a minimum of one dollar for every dollar of Victorian Government funding
- projects more than $3,000 in regional and rural Victoria – a minimum of one dollar for every two dollars of Victorian Government funding
- no more than 50% of an applicant’s contribution to a project can be sourced via in-kind services or support
Types of projects that will be considered:
Building, upgrading and fitout of existing community infrastructure.
- projects to enhance the safety, accessibility and condition of existing facilities
- projects must be scheduled for completion within 12 months of being funded and no later than 30 June 2020
If your project is less than $100,000, you can apply for the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund – Small Grants Stream.
Activities and costs that won’t be funded:
- constructing or enhancing community gardens, schools, emergency service centres or civic centres
- recurrent or ongoing costs of an existing organisation
- projects supporting political activities or religious activities (for example, enhancement of infrastructure exclusively used for worship)
- projects that duplicate services or for a facility that is similar to one that already exists in the local area
- projects that could have a negative impact on existing businesses and services
- projects that relate to infrastructure or property owned by another State, Federal or Local Government
- retrospective funding for projects that have already been started or completed
- projects on privately-owned land or facilities
- projects that are not an appropriate use of public funds
- the purchase or upgrade of depreciating assets over the value of $10,000
- multiple applications under the small category where project works could be optimally completed as part of a larger project
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The project has a clear vision and scope that achieves the program objectives
- The project addresses an existing need or gap in community infrastructure
- The application describes how benefits will be sustained upon completion of the project
The project will benefit Victoria’s culturally diverse communities. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate how the proposed project will support:
- culturally diverse communities in regional Victoria
- culturally diverse women
- culturally diverse people living with a disability
- new and emerging communities
- older members of culturally diverse communities
Viability and readiness to proceed
- the project is well-planned with appropriate approvals and risk management in placet
- the project is ready to proceed
- the project will be delivered by an organisation with appropriate administration, management and governance expertise and financial stability
- the project is ready to proceed financially and is supported by a clear approach and realistic time frames
- the project is based on sound cost estimates and represents value for money
- the project demonstrates an appropriate use of public funds
- the project includes appropriate insurance and coverage for any other liabilities
Step 1: Prepare supporting documentation
- a Certificate of Incorporation for your organisation or your auspice organisation, OR a Certificate of Company Registration if you are a company with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status (only applicable if the organisation or nominated auspice has not provided during previous applications with the Department)
- a copy of the current land title or lease agreement (no less than 5 years) in place at the site of the proposed project
- evidence of any licences, building or planning permits in place or evidence of application for the required licences or permits (if applicable)
- a detailed project plan (for applications over $3,000)
- cost estimates or quotations for works to be undertaken
- evidence of funding source(s) to meet the matched funding requirement e.g. bank statements, a record of investment, bank loan or confirmation of funding from financial partners
- a Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance. The insurance must provide a minimum cover of $10 million for any one occurrence. Certificate of Currency for Workers’ Compensation Insurance if you have paid staff that will work on the project related to this grant application.
Additional documentation that will benefit your application includes:
- photos of the existing site your application relates to (for example, the existing kitchen area that you wish to renovate)
- letters of support (for example, from the relevant local council, local State Member, diverse community organisations and community groups likely to utilise the facility)
Step 2: Review the Common Funding Agreement
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Victorian Government Common Funding Agreement (CFA) with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. It is recommended that applicants before applying for a grant.
Step 3: Apply online
Applications must be submitted online via when the funding round is open. If it's your first time using the online portal you need to create an account. If you have previously used the portal, log in using your organisation's details.
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 auto generated email with an application number you can use as a reference. Please quote this number in all correspondence relating to your application.
Download the full program guidelines:
2018-2019 Successful grants
2017-2018 Successful grants
2016-2017 Successful grants
Reviewed 28 August 2019