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The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Grants Program invests in community projects, events and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.

Celebrating Diversity: Events – aim to support festivals and events that bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony. Celebrating Diversity: Events aim to attract everyone to share in the celebration of cultural diversity. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for Celebrating Diversity: Events.

Celebrating Diversity: Projects – aim to support new projects and initiatives that bring communities together and make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion. Celebrating Diversity: Projects aim to build community capacity at the grassroots, foster cross-cultural engagement and support the participation of migrants and new arrivals in society. Grants of up to $40,000 are available for 12-month projects than can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level.

All Celebrating Diversity Grant applications (Events and Projects) must address one or more of the Agency’s strategic priorities:

1. Community: 

  • Embracing a shared and active commitment to cultural diversity by sustaining wide-reaching, accessible and robust relationships.
  • Increased community participation and engagement at grass-roots, online and cross-sector collaborations.

2. Language:

  • Cultivating participation through language for all the people of NSW.

3. Capability: 

  • Utilising cultural diversity as an asset to improve social cohesion and community harmony.
  • Enhanced communication, coordination and capability across private sector, local communities, and government on priority issues.

To be eligible for grant funding an organisation must:

  • be a non-profit sharing organisation
  • be located within NSW
  • confirm past and current funding sources for the past three years
  • have acquitted all prior grants
  • demonstrate how the Event or Project will address Grant Objectives
  • demonstrate how the Event or Project aligns with Multicultural NSW’s strategic priorities and initiatives
  • demonstrate how the Event or Project will measure outcomes
  • demonstrate that the Event or Project is cost effective and viable with an accurate budget
  • have all appropriate insurances and licenses
  • for Celebrating Diversity Events, confirm other funding sources that are contributing the total event budget
  • submit an application online through the Multicultural NSW approved SmartyGrants portal before the closing date with all aspects of the application form completed
  • deliver the project within 12 months of receiving the grant
  • promote the Multicultural NSW and NSW Government funded event or project on their website and social media platforms.

Grants Calendar:

Round one:
Celebrating Diversity Grants - Events
27 August – 28 September 2018

Round two:
Celebrating Diversity Grants – Projects
5 November – 14 December 2018

Round three:
Celebrating Diversity Grants – Events
21 January – 25 February 2019

More information and application

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