The Andrews Labor Government is supporting multicultural community festivals and events across Victoria to strengthen cultural diversity and understanding, and encourage participation by all members of the community.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott today announced nearly $2 million through the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program.
From today, community groups and schools can apply for funding through the program for cultural celebrations, festivals and events held between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.
This year’s program includes a new $50,000 schools stream, to make it easier for schools to apply for funding closer to the time of their Cultural Diversity Week 2019 celebrations.
Successful bids will showcase Victoria’s rich diversity through food, music and culture, strengthen ties with the public and celebrate their contribution to the wider Victorian community.
The grant program also aims to build the capacity and experience of smaller or emerging community groups to deliver cultural events that benefit their communities in partnership with other organisations.
Victorians come from more than 200 different countries, speak more than 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott
“This funding will strengthen community participation in our vibrant, multicultural society – giving Victorians from all walks of life ample opportunities to celebrate and engage with Victoria’s rich cultural diversity.”
“I encourage community organisations to apply for a grant and bring Victoria’s vibrant multiculturalism to life.”
“We are building a Victoria where everyone belongs, feels accepted and can freely participate and contribute.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020