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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:

  • 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 administered two funding rounds:

  • Multicultural Events29 July 2019.
  • Multicultural Projects6 December 2019.

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will also support:

  • Regional Partnerships Demonstration Projects
    Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years has been approved for Balonne, Bulloo and Paroo Shire Councils to deliver demonstration projects, with community-based delivery partners and local communities, that implement strategies that strengthen welcome and inclusion in these regional locations.

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural events

The successful recipients under the 2019–20 multicultural events funding round have been announced.

Total funding of more than $1.3 million has been allocated to 165 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.

Find out more about the 2019-20 successful grant applicants (PDF, 193KB).

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

Multicultural projects

Due to the public health concerns and associated restrictions to manage the COVID-19 Pandemic, the difficult decision has been made not to proceed with the 2019-20 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in 2020-21. This funding has been redirected to a range of initiatives being delivered by community organisations to support diverse Queenslanders as part of the COVID-19 response.

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

Ensure you read the funding program documents relevant Guidelines, FAQ Fact Sheet and preview the application form before applying.

Late applications, including submission 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 in developing a funding application, or if you require information about other funding sources, you can contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at Multicultural Australia (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 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 agreement (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 Progress Report (if required)/Acquittal Report by the specified due date
  • immediately inform the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs via email to 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 eligible events and project activities on the calendar.

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 Program managed by Multicultural Australia, 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.