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The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program is an annual program that provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program aligns with the Multicultural Queensland Charter and promotes:

Funding rounds in 2020–21

In 2020–21, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

In 2020–21, the CMQ program will also support:

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural events

The 2020-21 multicultural events funding round closed on 25 September 2020.

Funding will be allocated to events to be delivered across Queensland in 2021 that promote intercultural connections and inclusion and will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities.

It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the outcomes before the end of December 2020.

Multicultural projects

It is anticipated that the 2020-21 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year will open in late 2020/early 2021.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible organisations and associations must:

How to apply

  1. Ensure you read the relevant funding program documents:
    • Funding Guidelines
    • FAQ Fact Sheet
    • Preview the application form.
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants.

Late applications, including submissions of supporting documentation, will not be accepted, and requests for an extension will not be considered.

Help with applying

If after reading the guidelines you still have questions, or you require further information about the program, you can contact the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you need advice with your funding application, or if you require information about other funding sources, you can contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at Multicultural Australia Ltd (formerly MDA Ltd) on (07) 3337 5400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multicultural Australia Ltd is a non-government organisation and is independent of the grant assessment process.

For more information about applying online, you can read the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants. If you are having difficulties with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, you can contact SmartyGrants directly:

Successful applicants

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

Events calendar

Funded events are automatically included in the events calendar. Please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any updates to an event so they can be reflected in our online calendar.

You can also use our event registration form to seek approval to promote other eligible events and project activities on the calendar.

Previous successful applications

* Due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of the 2020 funded events are being postponed. The Events Calendara> will be updated with information on new dates when they are known.

Previous funding guidelines

Guidelines from the previous funding rounds are listed below for information only. Funding guidelines are subject to change between each funding round:

More information

If you would like to receive future email communications about multicultural topics, including the opening of future funding rounds, complete the online registration form.

The Community Funding Program managed by Multicultural Australia Ltd, a non-government organisation, provides more information about other funding options available.