The Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) Program funds multicultural and multifaith community groups to hold cultural festivals and events in their local communities.
The program aims to encourage Victorians to participate in festivals and events that celebrate and embrace our state's vibrant cultural diversity.
Applications for regional festivals and events will be highly regarded.
MFE 2019-20 includes two rounds:
Round 1 has now closed. Successful recipients of Round 1 are being funded to hold festivals and events from 1 July to 31 December 2019.
Round 2 has now closed. Applications are being assessed.
Information session webinar slides
To support organisations to apply for grants, a webinar information session was held on 29 August 2019.
Download the slides from this presentation:
To be eligible, an organisation must:
- be a not-for-profit organisation
- be an incorporated legal entity, such as an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic), a Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or similar type of organisation
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
Applicants that are not incorporated or do not have an ABN number may apply if they are supported by an eligible auspice organisation that has agreed to manage the grant for you.
Groups supported by an auspice organisation can apply in the Small Stream only. All applicants must be not-for-profit organisations.
Applicants who have overdue accountability reports will not be eligible for the program until they have returned these documents.
Please note that there is a limit of one application per organisation in any funding round.
What can be included in an MFE application
All festival and events are required to be open for the broader community to attend or participate.
The types of activities that will be considered for funding include:
- multicultural performances and cultural exhibitions
- celebrations of cultural days of significance
- events that promote cultural dialogue and understanding across communities
A celebration, event or festival is generally a one-off occasion such as a day or a weekend and may occur once or twice per year. In some instances, applications may consist of a clearly related series of 2 or more events held during the period of the grant program.
Festivals and events that engage priority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
This includes events for:
- newly arrived migrants
- refugees and asylum seekers
- young people
- regional and rural Victoria
- LGBTIQ communities
- socially isolated and disadvantaged communities
What types of events will NOT be funded?
Ineligible applications and activities
The following applications cannot be supported and will be ineligible for funding:
- commercial activities
- events where the primary goal is fundraising
- events that are only accessible to the organisation’s members i.e. closed organisation events, events where only the organisation’s members are invited
- events that promote or are held for political purposes
- sporting tournaments and competitions
- events taking place outside of Victoria
- events outside of the funding period (1 January - 30 June 2020)
- retrospective funding for projects or programs that have already started or have been completed (including any activity undertaken prior to the notification of the application outcome)
- from organisations that have failed to comply with the terms and conditions of previously awarded grants
- a specific event in the same year that has already been funded through the MFE or another grants program administered by MASC
- activities/organisations funded primarily under another state, federal or local government program, and/or where the project is within the responsibility of another government program
Small – $2,000 or less
The activity will reach the organisation’s community and be an event or festival that is accessible for the whole community to attend, with at least 100 people attending.
Medium - $5,000 to $25,000
The activity will reach at a minimum two separate communities or be an open event for the whole community with at least 1,000 people attending.
Large - $25,001 to $75,000
The activity will reach multiple communities across Victoria, with at least 7,000 people attending.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and an external panel made up of representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and independent experts (as required) before final endorsement by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
Note: applications have now closed.
Applications must be submitted online.
The online application form must be completed by a person authorised to submit the application on behalf of the applicant organisation. The online application system allows applications to be saved and completed later. It is recommended that applicants start the process early to allow sufficient time to obtain necessary supporting documents.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by an auto generated email after submitting. You will also receive an application number when you submit your application. Please quote this number in all correspondence relating to your application.
Tips on how to apply
- fill out an application form for each festival or event
- answer all questions and attach all supporting documentation to your application
- attach all supporting documentation before you complete and submit your application
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Victorian Government Common Funding Agreement (VCFA) which outlines the terms and conditions of the grant, including the use of funds, terms of the agreement and reporting requirements.
Organisations that are successful in receiving funding will have 90 days (only) to enter into a VCFA. If a grant offer is not accepted during this period the grant may be cancelled.
While commercial enterprises are not eligible to apply, they may partner in the application by providing funding through event sponsorship or project delivery. Local councils can also partner in an application but cannot apply as the lead applicant.
Applications that include other funding partners are strongly encouraged as it demonstrates the project’s financial sustainability and capacity building approach.
Read our full Multicultural Festival and Events Program guidelines:
Find the answers to some frequently asked questions:
Organisations that have been successful in previous grant rounds.
Reviewed 09 September 2019