This is the event funding for Multicultural NGOs for events to be held in 2016. The structure of this round in terms of events has been maintained with multi-year funding for signature events and sponsorship arrangements being abandoned. 

This round also sees the re-emergence of the old 'Strengthening Capacity Projects' which have been re-named 'Multicultural projects' with the old ceiling of $50,000 cut to $25,000. 

This also spells the end (by all accounts) of the Economic Participation Grants program of the former LNP government with all $1 Million going into this round of funding. 

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program funds initiatives that celebrate and promote Queensland’s multicultural identity, increase community awareness of benefits of multiculturalism, foster community cohesion, and support equal access to opportunities by people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Ministerial Media Release

$1 million up for grabs to support Queensland’s multicultural groups

Applications are now open for multicultural groups to apply for a share of $1 million under the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shannon Fentiman said the grants would ensure that multicultural groups could continue to stage events and deliver projects across the state.

“Our vibrant multicultural groups and organisations play a vital role in strengthening community harmony and we are pleased to support them to continue their great work,” she said.

“We want all Queenslanders to continue to experience our state’s rich cultural diversity and the grants program will go a long way in helping us achieve just that.”

The grants are available in the three categories, signature events with a maximum grant of $20,000 per event, cultural events with a maximum grant of $10,000 per event and multicultural projects with a maximum grant of $25,000 per project, which must be held within the 2016 calendar year.

Ms Fentiman said promoting community harmony and increasing awareness of Queensland’s cultural diversity was an ongoing priority for the Palaszczuk Government.

“Last year alone about 1.1 million Queenslanders participated in more than 100 funded events and projects across the state and we hope this year the number to be significantly more,” she said.

For more information about the grants program and how to apply visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/multicultural .

Applications are open from 5 August to 14 September 2015.