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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 a inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) Program in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter, promotes:

  • Queensland's multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

Funding rounds in 2019–20

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • The Multicultural Events— Open from Monday 17 June 2019 to Monday 29 July 2019 for events to be delivered in 2020 (calendar year)
  • The Multicultural Projects— The multicultural projects funding round will open later in the year.

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural Events

The 2019–20 multicultural events funding round is now open for funding applications and will close on Monday 29 July 2019

Eligible applicants can apply for funding of up to $20,000 per event, to be delivered in the 2020 calendar year. Pending availability of funds, multi-year funding may be considered for selected events.

Funding will be allocated to events to be delivered across Queensland in 2020 that promote intercultural connections and inclusion and will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting inclusive, harmonious and united communities.

Who can apply?

Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual; or hold an exemption from registration; or complete a Statement by Supplier form
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event or project
  • have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

How to apply

  1. Ensure you read the funding program documents:
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants.

Please note, late applications, including supporting documentation, are not accepted, and requests for an extension are not 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 in developing a funding application, or if you require information about other funding sources, you can contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at MDA Ltd on (07) 3198 2500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MDA 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:

  • Phone (03) 9320 6888
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Successful applicants

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

  • enter into a funding contract (PDF, 208KB) and its terms and conditions (PDF, 269KB) and comply with the requirements and conditions of the agreement
  • acknowledge the Queensland Government funding on all promotional material associated with the funded event or project
  • submit an online Acquittal Report, or final report for sponsorships, by the specified due date
  • • immediately inform the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any proposed changes to the funded event or project, e.g. change in activities, dates, and locations.

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 events and project activities on the calendar.

Multicultural Projects

The successful receipients, under the 2018–19 multicultural projects funding round, have been announced.

Total funding of $375,221 has been allocated to 12 projects to be delivered across Queensland from July 2019 to June 2020 that will create pathways to participation for people from diverse cultural backgrounds in the cultural, economic, and social life of Queensland.

Find out more about the 2018-19 grant recipients (PDF, 124KB).

The next funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in the 2020-21 financial year will open later in 2019.

Previous successful applications

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 Access Program managed by MDA Ltd, a non-government organisation, provides more information about other funding options available.


If you have any questions please email Multicultural Affairs Queensland on 

How to access interpreting services

If you would feel more comfortable discussing the grants program in your own language, please call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and ask for an interpreter who speaks your language.

Wherever possible, we will engage an interpreter and discuss the grants program with you.