Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage culturally diverse communities, groups and individuals, and the broader community, to partner and contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

The department acknowledges the cultural diversity of First Nations peoples. However, for the purposes of the CMQ program, the term ‘culturally diverse’ refers to people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, people seeking asylum, and Australian South Sea Islander peoples.

    Program objective

    The objective of the CMQ program, in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter, is to provide funding towards events and projects that promote:

    • Queensland's multicultural identity;
    • intercultural connections and community participation;
    • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups;
    • increased opportunities to support the economic and social aspirations of people from culturally diverse backgrounds;
    • increased community capacity to address emerging issues and foster access to services; and/or
    • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming people from culturally diverse backgrounds into a wide range of community activities.

    Multicultural events

    Funding rounds – opens 1 June and closes 13 July each year for events to be delivered in the following calendar year, for example:

    • Funding round opening on 1 June 2023 is for events to be delivered in 2024
    • Funding round opening on 1 June 2024 is for events to be delivered in 2025.

    Events funded under the CMQ program will:

    • welcome people from culturally diverse backgrounds into communities to increase a sense of belonging for all;
    • increase understanding of the diversity of small and emerging communities and new arrivals; and/or
    • celebrate, promote, and increase opportunities for intercultural connections.

    Examples of the types of events the program supports are:

    • A festival that showcases the cultures and traditions of multiple cultural groups to enhance appreciation and recognition of the diverse cultures in Queensland and promote community awareness about the benefits of multiculturalism.
    • A cultural event that celebrates the traditions of people from a particular cultural group or community, together with the wider community, usually held on a date of cultural significance or as a celebration of cultural heritage.

    Funding outcomes for multicultural events are expected to be announced by 31 October of each year. All applicants will be notified by email of their funding application outcome.

    Refer to the Previous successful applications at the bottom of this page for information about previous successful applicants.

    All successful events are included in the Events calendar – see the calendar for information on upcoming events, festivals and celebrations.

    2024 Multicultural events

    The 2023–24 multicultural events funding round is now closed.

    Eligible applicants could apply for one-off funding of up to $20,000 for events to be delivered in the 2024 calendar year that promotes intercultural connections and inclusion by bringing together the people of Queensland to build an inclusive, harmonious and united community.

    Multicultural projects

    Funding rounds – Opens 1 October and closes 12 November each year for projects to be delivered in the following financial year, for example:

    • Funding round opening on 1 October 2022 is for projects to be delivered from 1 July 2023.
    • Funding round opening on 1 October 2023 is for projects to be delivered from 1 July 2024.

    There are two categories for project funding under each funding round:

    • Category 1 – Economic and Social Participation (E&SP) Projects
      • Pathways to economic and social participation – projects based on identified need that aim to support economic and social participation – one-off funding up to $40,000.
    • Category 2 – Youth and Community Connection (Y&CC) Projects
      • For innovative projects that can assist with breaking down the barriers facing young people from CALD backgrounds that can result in feelings of disengagement or disconnection with community. These projects will enable young people to feel heard, valued, supported and empowered, resulting in their increased access to, and inclusion within the community – one-off funding up to $120,000.

    Examples of the types of projects the program supports are:

    • Community based activities (such as workshops, training, skills development, knowledge and awareness raising, fostering social connections) to address an identified issue, which are conducted over a period of time with key deliverables/milestones and specified anticipated outcomes.
    • Targeted activities that provide benefits for groups of individuals, such as increased community participation, economic independence, inclusion or access to opportunities within the local community.

    Funding outcomes for multicultural projects are expected to be announced by 31 March each year. All applicants will be notified by email of their funding application outcome.

    Refer to the Previous successful applications at the bottom of this page for information about previous successful applicants.

    2022–23 Multicultural projects

    The successful applicants under the 2022–23 multicultural projects funding round have been announced.

    Total funding of $999,565 has been allocated to 20 projects across the two categories.

    Find out more about the 2022–23 successful grant applicants for multicultural projects (PDF, 155.9KB) .

    Who is eligible to apply?

    • Not-for-profit/charitable organisations legally registered in Australia
    • Local Government bodies
    • State School P&C Associations
    • Charitable institutions established through specific legislation
    • Queensland Universities

    Eligible organisations must have:

    • a registered and active Australian Business Number (ABN);
    • operations or deliver ongoing services in Queensland; and
    • no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding provided by the department.

    If you are not incorporated or do not have an active ABN, you can ask an eligible organisation to auspice your event. If successful in receiving funding, the auspicing organisation will enter into a funding agreement, receive the funds and carries the financial risk and legal responsibility for activities of the auspiced organisation.

    How to apply

    1. Ensure you:

    2. Apply online through SmartyGrants.

    • An Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form is required to be provided as part of the application to ensure funding is provided to successful applicants as quickly as possible after the funding announcement. The EFT form can be accessed through the application form.

    SmartyGrants will automatically close at 11.59pm on the closing date and will not allow applications past this time. Please ensure you allow adequate time to submit your application. Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted after this time to ensure fairness to all applicants.

    Help with applying

    If after reading the guidelines you still have questions or you require further information about the program, you can contact the department by email at MAfunding@cyjma.qld.gov.au.

    If you need support with grant design and application writing, please contact the Community Development and Training Coordinator at the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), by emailing advocacy@eccq.com.au. Please note, this support is available up to one week prior to the closing date. You can also access online and easily accessible resources and information on education workshops on ECCQ’s website.

    For more information about applying online, you can read the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants. If you are need assistance with your SmartyGrants account, you can contact SmartyGrants Technical Support on (03) 9320 6888 or service@smartygrants.com.au. Support desk hours are 9am to 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday.

    Successful applicants

    All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

    • enter into a funding agreement which comprises of the approval letter, funding guidelines, the submitted application, and the Terms and Conditions (PDF), as amended from time to time. “Particulars” in the Terms and Conditions means the submitted application
    • comply with any relevant laws and regulations, such as the requirements for working with children, in the delivery of the event or project;
    • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million that covers the event or project
    • acknowledge the Queensland Government funding with the use of the Queensland Government crest on all promotional material associated with the funded event or project
    • submit any online forms, such as Progress Reports (if required), Event Details Confirmation forms (if required) and Acquittal Reports by the due dates
    • submit an online Variation Form to request any proposed changes to the funded event or project (e.g. change in activity title, dates, locations, proposed attendance, funded activities or scope)
    • immediately inform the department of the cancellation of the funded event or project via email to MAfunding@cyjma.qld.gov.au.

    Events calendar

    • Funded events are automatically included in the Events calendar.
    • You can also use our event registration form to seek approval to promote other eligible events and project activities on the calendar.

    Planning an event

    There are a number of resources available to assist event organisers to successfully plan and manage an event including the Events in Queensland, Best Practice Guidelines for event delivery in Queensland.

    Community facilities and venues for hire

    There are a number of venue options available in your local area to host a meeting or event. A list of suggestions has been compiled to help locate venues for hire in your community.

    Previous rounds

    Previous successful applications

    * Due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the 2020 and 2021 funded events were postponed. The Events calendar will be updated with information on new dates when they are known.

    Previous funding guidelines

    If you would like to receive email communications about multicultural topics, including the opening of future funding rounds, complete the online registration form and select 'Government funding' under Areas of Interest.