Applications for the second round of funding are now open
Applications for funding through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2 initiative are now open.
Applications funded through Phase 1 of the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grants program are eligible to apply for Phase 2 funding.
The program will ensure organisations can respond to the current health crisis and its impacts for multicultural and faith communities, with a focus on providing support to those communities and areas most in need, and in particular to respond to the distinct and disproportionate challenges experienced by CALD women and young people and new and emerging communities. It will also promote capacity building of local community network and organisations.
How to apply
All applications must be submitted by 4pm (Melbourne time) Friday 28 May 2021 or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
Applications for funding through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2 will be assessed on a fortnightly basis, with funding approved for allocation by the Minister each fortnight. Organisations are encouraged to apply for funding as soon as possible. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Online information sessions
To attend an information session on the Priority response to multicultural communities during coronavirus (COVID-19) program, please register for your preferred date and time:
- Information session #1 - Thursday 4 March 2021 from 10am to 11am
- Information session #2 - Tuesday 16 March 2021 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Information session #3 - Wednesday 7 April 2021 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
- Information session #4 - Monday 19 April 2021 from 6pm to 7pm
- Regional and Rural Information Session - 12 April 2021 from 11am to 12pm
The key objectives of the program are to:
- maintain low number and proportion of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victorian multicultural and faith communities
- increase the number and proportion of individuals testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), support vaccine preparedness, and support a high number and proportions of individuals being vaccinated in Victoria’s multicultural and faith communities
- improve understanding and adherence to Victorian government health directions in Victoria’s multicultural and faith communities
- build stronger partnerships across the Victorian multicultural sector;
- build the capacity of local community networks, organisations and services to support prevention and improve preparedness against any future coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks;
- build digital literacy of seniors’ groups to increase ability to safely engage and be socially connected online;
- build the capacity and delivery of community-led health communications; and
- increase understanding of barriers to health participations and engagement by multicultural and faith communities.
The eligibility criteria for the program is as follows:
- organisations must be one of the following types:
- local council, or
- not-for-profit organisation that delivers services to community, or
- regional or state-wide peak multicultural/interfaith organisation, or
- faith-based or community-led organisation representing multicultural and faith communities
- organisations must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2019
- organisations must be operating throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and have the capacity to immediately deliver support and services to multicultural and faith communities
- organisations must accept it will deliver all project activities in compliance with the health directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Victorian Government Department of Health
- schools, registered training organisations and TAFEs are not eligible to apply for funding
- universities, however, are eligible to apply for:
- activities aligned with the objectives of the program, focused on multicultural student cohorts, for example international students.
- research projects that support the objectives of the program
- as a partner with a community organisation on a project aligned to the objectives of the program.
- organisations must be one of the following types:
Program funding is directed towards activities that will support multicultural and faith communities to protect themselves from becoming positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), and that supports individuals to follow health directions, including:
- Purchase of items
- emergency relief essentials (including food);
- personal health safety items such as masks and hand sanitiser;
- communications equipment, technology, and social media advertising; and
- transportation costs for vaccinations and/or medical appointments and pharmacies for multicultural seniors.
- Delivery of services
- community engagement;
- health communication and education, and translation of health messages, consistent with all current health directions and advice from the Department of Health;
- outreach and community support, including translation services as part of this support;
- research and community consultation; and
- training and mentoring programs.
- Any other activities as identified by communities and their representatives and accepted by Multicultural Affairs, which supports multicultural and faith communities to:
- protect themselves from becoming positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) and supports testing and individuals to follow heath directions;
- address social and economic coronavirus (COVID-19) risk factors and vulnerabilities;
- supports the creation of community-led health communications;
- contributes to a better understanding of multicultural and faith communities' communication consumption and preferences and barriers to health participation and engagement;
- provides novel solutions for known communication and content development barriers and challenges for multicultural and faith; or
- advances seniors’ internet accessibility, digital literacy and access to computers and online engagement.
The funding amounts that will be awarded will depend on each individual project. Due to the finite nature of the available program budget, in some cases, not all expenditure items will be supported for funding. Download the budget template and attach it to the online application form before submitting.
- Purchase of items
- activities that contradict current and future health directions and advice from the Victorian Government (throughout the duration of the Project)
- activities that do not meet the program objectives
- long term projects that do not provide immediate and time-limited support or services to CALD communities
- any illegal or regulated product or activity such as (but not limited to) alcohol, tobacco products, gaming services, weapons
- asset/infrastructure/capital; and a festival or event related activities or purchases unless agreed in advance with Multicultural Affairs
- retrospective activities or purchases
- cash payments and vouchers to community members.
- cash prizes or commercial gifts
- purchase of land
- major events, conferences, ticketed and fundraising events
- activities that are already receiving funds from other departments for the same application
- recurrent or ongoing maintenance and/or operational costs of an organisation
- activities that are dependent on recurrent annual funding
- purchase of vehicles.
The program guidelines include further information about the objectives of the program, eligibility and assessment criteria and activities that can and cannot be funded. Download the program guidelines before you apply.
Factsheets about the program are available in 11 languages.
Reviewed 20 April 2021