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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program

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.

The grants program has an annual budget of $1 million. Funding is allocated to diverse multicultural events and projects across Queensland through 2 separate grants rounds annually:

The 2017-18 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, is now open.

Under this funding round, total funding of $300,000 is available for projects with the maximum grant amount of up to $25,000 available.

Multicultural projects, in alignment with the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter, will build community relationships to:

  • Celebrate Welcome—engage general community groups (including community associations, service clubs, and sporting groups) in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities and/or
  • Building Opportunity—promote opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to participate and contribute to community projects; support communities to become more cohesive and resilient, and build their capacity to respond to local needs and/or
  • Celebrate Diversity—bring people together to celebrate our diversity and build a sense of welcome and belonging for all members of the community. 

Applications are encouraged from not-for-profit, incorporated organisations who have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN) which is not for a commercial entity or individual.

Applications are encouraged from community groups and organisations, community associations including service clubs and sporting groups, and local councils who partner with community groups.

Unincorporated organisations can seek agreement from a not-for-profit incorporated organisation to act as an auspice for the project.

Gravis Festival Checklist 2018

While our team is well known for the work it does in the political field, there are many of the tools the team uses in politics that can be used for your event or festival in order to professionalise it, promote it and ensure that you get the upswing in interest in your event that you are looking for. 

These tools bring together all of our skills from phone services through to the printing of merchandise all the way to the writing together of grant applications. 

So as we head into the Christmas season, we have decided to publish a checklist for all of the festivals and event organisers can start to think about where they need help/take action and know that our team is here to help. 

  • Printing of merchandise: Whether this is pull up banners, marquees for stalls at your event or festival shirts for your volunteers. No matter what you need, we are here. For more information please click here to see our Gravis Merchandise web portal.
  • Digital presence: Whether it's your event website, social media platform or the both. Our Gravis Marketing team is here to build you what you need on the budget that suits your event. For more information click here.
  • Communications: We have seen many events use community SMS alerts or robocalls to drive awareness of events to the surrounding community. We have great phone lists and can ensure that your event gets the most connections with the community they are placed in. For more information on these services click here.

If you have any questions or have anything else that you want to ask our team about; please feel free to contact us and our team will be in touch


Social Enterprises: Points of failure to protect against

The growing trend in the NGO sector is to develop Social Enterprises as a means of alleviating the load of NGO balance sheets from an ever shrinking government funding pool. However, there are many pitfalls that these businesses get into (not unlike normal businesses) that need to be guarded against.

Before getting into the topic, I would like to mention two rules of thumb. Some ideas work and others don’t – that’s the first one. Knowing something that you shouldn’t do is more worth than knowing what you should do – and that’s the second rule of thumb. The purpose of mentioning these points is actually to relate the concept of successful and failed ideas that arises in every newly born enterprise. Talking specifically about the social enterprises, there arises numerous ideas for the welfare purpose and most of them gets failed due to some technical and managerial reasons (mentioned below), and when ideas gets failed, the purpose of a particular social enterprise gets failed and hence, when purpose gets failed, the enterprise as a whole gets failed.

Remember: Social Enterprises are businesses that provide a social dividend back to the NGO that owns them; often in both 'soft' (business being utilised by clients) and 'hard' (cash) returns.

Faulty Foundations: Get your foundations right before you start. You need to finance yourself, not just your social enterprise. Too many entrepreneurs equate starting a business with getting a job. They take a salary from the business increasing its chance of failure. The business is spending cash it can't afford, reducing the time available to develop a profitable product.

Beware the Love-struck Founder: Love-struck founders need to be balanced out in any social enterprise. Most people that are involved in NGOs are some of the most passionate, amazing people you will meet when it comes to their cause. That is what attracts them to the NGO in question. However, we need to remember that Social Enterprises are still businesses. They still need to make money in the real marketplace and they need to be run as such. Social enterprises will fail the same as normal business without experienced management. 

Due Diligence: If you were going to buy a house, car or business, you would do due diligence on the asset. Before entering into any new social enterprise, you must engage in a quality due diligence process. In order to do this properly, the 'owning' entity needs to enter into an independent due diligence partnership; for this, our Gravis Risk team needs to be engaged.

Cross Subsidisation: There are plenty of NGOs that go into the social enterprise of their choice as a means of ameliorating the pressure on their budget bottom line with the ever present pressures from a shrinking pool of social services funding from the Federal and State Governments. Then, for a variety of reasons they find themselves in a position where they are cross-subsidising the operating budget of the social enterprise instead of the other way around. This is unsustainable and needs rectifying ASAP.

Growth Strategy: Like all things in business, unless you plan to grow, stagnation will follow. The peculiarity of social enterprises are the number of entrepreneurs that pursue ideas that only work at a large scale. This means that social enterprises need to be moving into a scale where they are sustainable. 

For a consultation on your idea for a social enterprise, your social enterprise that is up and running and needs to be taken to the next level or your social enterprise that is 'stuck in the mud' - get in touch with the Gravis Risk team today by clicking here.

Multicultural Affairs Queensland: Multicultural Projects Funding

Before Christmas, Multicultural Affairs Queensland has released Multicultural Projects Funding which closes on 3 February 2017. This means that groups that are intending to apply for this funding need to start getting their funding applications together. 

This round is not a round that is about double dipping from the events round that was decided just before Christmas. We were proud as GIA to get 5/7 applications submitted in that round received some level of funding. This funding is about projects that are going to meet the terms and conditions outlined in the MAQ funding paper (click here for the paper).

Multicultural projects, in alignment with the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter, will build community relationships to foster welcome, inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in a range of activities across Queensland.

  • Community groups, including diverse cultural groups, community-based organisations, local councils and non-government incorporated organisations will develop practical strategies to:
  • promote community participation and intercultural connections among diverse cultural groups, and between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • engage general community groups (such as sporting groups, local clubs, school communities) in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities. 

If you would like our professional help in putting together your application, fill in the form below and we will be in touch.

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BCC Building Stronger Communities Grants

The Brisbane City Council Building Stronger Communities Grants Program are grants that we believe at GIA are suitable to many community organisations that need some basic funding for building their organisations. 

There is up to $7500 for 'Organisational Development' which allows for groups to get funding for a variety of projects that will be good for organisations that are clients of GIA. For example: professional services to develop a strategic plan, conduct governance and committee training, undertake an organisational review and succession planning, and develop policies and procedures, marketing and membership development, deliver volunteer and coaching programs, conduct referee recruitment and education, website and database development.

So, if you are in the BCC area and you need funding for projects like this, get in touch with the GIA team and we will get your application rolling today!

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We can speak to BCC on your behalf if you haven't


    Empowering YOUth Initiatives Round 2 Grants Funding – Applications now open

    The Department of Employment is seeking applications for Round 2 of Empowering YOUth Initiatives. Funding of up to $5 million per proposal is available for not-for-profit and non-government organisations to deliver new and different approaches to help vulnerable young people with the skills they need on their pathway to employment.

    Applications close 5 pm (Canberra time) Friday 28 October 2016.
    Applications for Round 2 will be conducted in two stages:

    Stage 1—Expression of Interest submission
    Successful proposals will be shortlisted and applicants will be provided feedback and invited to attend a meeting.

    Stage 2—Initiative Proposal submission (shortlisted applicants only)

    Questions and Answers

    Questions and Answers can be found in Q&As: Empowering YOUth Initiatives Round 2.

    Further information on Department of Employment programs and services to support young Australians and help them to move from welfare to work is available at:

    To have the Gravis Government team help you to apply, get in touch today.

    Event Funding

    One of the most common questions our team at Gravis Government get asked is how to get funding for events. Now, this funding normally comes out in smaller lots and are spread around local, state and federal funding pools. 

    This means that you need to have your event details laid down firmly before proceeding into a grant search/application process with our team. 

    So whether the event is cultural, tourism, community focused, arts focused or anything else - fill in the checklist and the team will be in touch with you to get the grant underway.

    Are you incorporated in Queensland? *
    If you are not incorporated, you will be ineligible
    Location/Proposed location of event *
    Location/Proposed location of event



    Skilling Queenslanders into Work Applications - Open until 20 October

    The Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative represents a significant investment of $240 million over four years to support up to 32,000 Queenslanders into work.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides training to people who are under-utilised or under-employed in the labour market, as well as building the skills of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job seekers, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    Targeted programsfocused on skills develment will be delivered by community-based organisations, local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations. Local community ownership of projects is a cornerstone of the initiative's past success and will help to ensure future projects meet local skills needs and deliver positive skills development and employment outcomes for participants.

    Skilling Queenslanders for Work is supported by a statewide regional network, working closely and forming partnerships with community organisations and local employers to determine local skills and entry-level industry and labour needs.

    Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

    Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

    There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs.

    The second round of funding for 2016-17 opened on 30 August 2016 and will close at 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 October 2016.

    The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP)

    About the Queensland Destination Events Program
    Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Tourism is an essential industry to many rural and regional centres, ensuring economic stability, and events can be a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists in its own right.

    The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.

    The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program (RDP), seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

    Within this context, the aims and objectives of the QDEP are as follows:

    • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
    • Attract external visitation to the destination
    • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
    • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination

    Type of funding available to events
    The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:


    • Destination Event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
    • Significant Event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)

    How the funding can be used

    • Marketing costs
    • Strategic plan development
    • Engagement of short-term specialised personnel
    • Hire of temporary infrastructure
    • Eligibility criteria
    • To be eligible to apply for funding through the QDEP, an event must meet the following key objectives:

    Destination event funding

    • The event must take place wholly within Queensland
    • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the historical size of the event in terms of:
    • Audience
    • Spectator numbers
    • Participant numbers, and/or
    • Media profile
    • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the event's capacity to grow against the baseline
    • Significant event funding

    In addition to the criteria for Destination Event funding, events seeking Significant Event funding must meet the following criteria:

    The event must have received a minimum of one year of support under the Destination Event program and have met all the requirements as outlined in the contract.

    The event must provide a recent report showing evidence of the total number of event attendees (including participants and spectators), specifically detailing the breakdown and number of visitors from outside the region; this information must be independently gathered and reported, or independently verified. 

    The event must present a strong opportunity for Queensland and demonstrate extensive recognition outside the region in which it is held in terms of visitation and/or media profile
    For more information on eligibility, funding uses, funding conditions, and the application process please click the following link: QDEP Funding Guidelines.

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    Number of participants/support staff coming from interstate and overseas
    This is a Tourism Grant. You need to be able to prove that people will come to the region for the event in the grant. Need data on numbers, time staying and projected amount spent.



    IAS Community Led Programs Grants - open now!

    The revised IAS Grant Guidelines include a new Community Led grants process that will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities.

    The local PM&C Regional Network office may invite applicants to provide a short initial proposal which outlines the project. Based on the information provided, the Department may then provide advice to the organisation.

    •Community Led Grants Initial Proposal Form -  PDF 115 KB

    The Department has prepared an Application Kit and an online Application Form to support this funding process:

    •Community Led Grants Application Kit - PDF 260 KB
    •Community Led Grants Application Form - PDF 705 KB

     .If you would like the GravisPolitics team to write these grants for your business or community organisation, please get in touch with the team and we will give you a quote. 

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