Making Victoria’s Multicultural Festivities Bigger And Better

A new grants program is open to provide support to community organisations and groups to run multicultural celebrations, festivals and events across Victoria.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today encouraged community groups to apply for funding under the new Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program for 2015-16.

The Andrews Labor Government has allocated $2.7 million towards the Festivals and Events grants program, with grants ranging from $500 to $100,000.

The MFE ensures Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate and preserve traditions in meaningful ways while showcasing the vibrancy of Victoria’s multiculturalism to the wider community.

Larger events funded through MFE will aim to assist newer communities to deliver events by forming partnerships, and by fostering intercultural relationships and understanding.

Community harmony and resilience is greatly influenced by our ability to come together, learn from one another and develop partnerships based on shared values and joint activities.

The program aims to ensure that the wider Victorian community has the opportunity to participate and contribute to a broad range of events that strengthens social cohesion and celebrates unity.

The MFE combines the previous Multicultural Festivals and Events grants and Unity Through Partnership grant programs and is accessible for festivals and events being held between 1 January and 30 June 2016.

Applications close 24 January 2016. To apply for a grant and view program eligibility and guidelines visit: http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants/apply-for-a-grant

 

Quotes from Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott

“Victorians come from more than 200 countries and follow more than 135 faiths – we’re a great multicultural success story and we’re proud to celebrate this.”

“The Multicultural Festivals and Events grants program provides community organisations and groups with the financial support needed to develop or expand their festivities.”

“I encourage every Victorian to participate in the range of events that are funded through the MFE program.”

 

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