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Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

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 community capacity to address emerging issues and foster access to services
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming people from culturally diverse backgrounds into a wide range of community activities.

Funding rounds in 2020–21

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

  • Multicultural Events— This funding round closed  25 September 2020.
  • Multicultural Projects— Open Wednesday, 3 February 2021 and closing 10.00am, Monday, 15 March 2021.

In 2020–21, 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.
  • Examples of the types of event the program supports are:

    • a multicultural festival
    • cultural celebrations that involve people from a particular community or diverse cultural groups, and the wider community.
    • a public or substantial gathering for the purpose of celebrating particular cultural traditions.
  • Examples of the types of project the program supports are:

    • community based activities (such as workshops, training, skills development, knowledge and awareness raising, fostering social connections) to address an identified issue, which are conducted over a period of time with key deliverables/milestones and specified anticipated outcomes
    • benefits at an individual level, such as increased community participation, economic independence, inclusion or access to opportunities within the local community.

Multicultural events

The successful applicants under the 2020-21 multicultural events funding round have been announced.

Total funding of $973,346 has been allocated to 122 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.

Find out more about the 2020-21 successful grant applicants (PDF, 374KB).

2021 will also feature 89 additional events that were postponed from 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This means a total of 211 multicultural celebrations will take place throughout the year.

View the events calendar for additional information on upcoming events, festivals and celebrations.

It is anticipated that the next funding round for multicultural events, to be delivered in the 2022 calendar year, will open in 2021.

Multicultural projects

The 2020–21 multicultural projects funding round is now open for funding applications and will close on 15 March 2021.

Eligible applicants can apply for funding under two categories:

Category 1 – Economic and Social Participation Projects

  • Innovative projects based on identified need that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds in the economic, social and cultural life of Queensland.
  • One-off funding up to $40,000 available for projects to be delivered from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Category 2 – Youth and Community Connection Projects

  • For innovative projects that can assist with breaking down the barriers facing young people from culturally diverse backgrounds that can result in feelings of disengagement or disconnection with the community, and to increase their access to, and inclusion within the community.
  • Projects receiving funding under this category are to ensure young people from culturally diverse backgrounds are leading in identifying the barrier/need to be addressed, as well as the planning, design, delivery and evaluation.
  • One-off funding of between $5,000 to $120,000 is available. Project implementation timeframe can be up to two years. Projects are to be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023.

For further information, refer to the 2020–21 Funding Guidelines for Multicultural Projects (PDF, 530 KB) for information about the funding priorities and mandatory funding criteria for each category.

Please note, due to the high demand for funding, only one application per category for an organisation will be accepted.

The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs will be hosting two 30-minute information sessions through Microsoft Teams for applicants interested in applying for funding under the new category for Youth and Community Connection Projects. The sessions will be held in the second week of February with one session held during the day and another after-hours.The sessions will provide information on completing an application and the assessment process. The sessions will be held on:

  • 12.00pm to 12.30pm, Wednesday, 10 February 2021
  • 5.30pm to 6.00pm, Thursday, 11 February 2021

If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please send an email to by Monday, 8 February 2021, and indicate the session you would like to attend. The Department will get back to you with the relevant details for the session.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity
  • Non-government not-for-profit organisations
  • Local Government Authorities (LGAs)
  • P&C Associations.

Eligible organisations and associations 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 relevant funding program documents:
  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 Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs by emailing

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

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:

  • 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 with a Queensland Government crest on all promotional material associated with the funded event or project
  • submit an online Progress Report (if required) and Acquittal Report by the specified due date
  • immediately inform the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs via email to of any proposed changes to the funded event or project, e.g. change in activities, dates, and locations.

Community Facilities and Venues for Hire

There are a number of venue options that are available in your local area to host a meeting or event. A list has been compiled to help locate venues for hire in your community.

Events calendar

Funded events are automatically included in the events calendar. Please email us on 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 Calendar 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 online registration form and select ‘Government funding’ under Areas of Interest.

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

Last updated: Thursday, Feb 4, 2021