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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.

Program objective

Engage migrants, refugees and the wider community in building a united, harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

Funding rounds in 2018–19

In 2018–19, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • The Multicultural Events funding round opened on 7 August 2018 and closed 14 September 2018.
  • The Multicultural Projects funding round opened on 5 November 2018 and closed 14 December 2018.

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural Events

The successful recipients, under the 2018–19 funding round, have been announced.

Total funding of $1.3 million has been allocated to 152 events to be delivered across Queensland in 2019 that will build capacity to promote and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism, supporting united, harmonious and inclusive communities. The funded events will aim to promote intercultural connections and inclusion.

Find out more about the 2018-19 grant recipients (PDF, 425KB).

The next funding round for multicultural events to be held in the 2020 calendar year will open in 2019.

Successful applicants

All applicants successful in receiving funding will be required to:

  • enter into a funding contract (PDF, 266KB) or sponsorship agreement 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 Multicultural Affairs Queensland 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.

Multicultural Projects

The 2018–19 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in 2019-2020 is now closed.

The process of assessment and decision making may take several months with funding outcomes expected before the end of the 2018-19 financial year.

Funding outcomes for multicultural projects under the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program will be announced by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and will be promoted on the webpage. Applicants will also be notified by email of the outcome of their application.

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 Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

How to apply

  1. Ensure you read the relevant guidelines, FAQ fact sheet and preview the application form before applying.
  2. You can 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 you require information about the program or have questions after reading the Guidelines, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 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 once started, 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.

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 for additional events on the calendar.

Previous successful applications

Previous funding guidelines

Guidelines from the previous funding rounds are listed below and 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.