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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 a inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

Program objective

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

  • 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:

  • Multicultural Events— This funding round closed 29 July 2019. The successful recipients under the 2019–20 multicultural events funding round have been announced, check on the CMQ website.
  • Multicultural Projects— This funding round closed 6 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.

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.

If you are not incorporated, you can ask an eligible organisation who has operations or delivers services in Queensland, to auspice your project


Amount: One-off funding of Up to $40,000

                   Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years for Regional Partnership Demonstration projects


How to apply

Ensure you read the funding guidelines thoroughly.  

Funding Guidelines

Sample Application Form

FAQ fact Sheet


Apply Online

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Please note, applications, including supporting documentation, will not be accepted after the closing date.



Australian Communities Foundation

Each year, ACF makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally. Funding requests are currently being accepted by email. You are welcome to submit your request on the following template: Funding Request Template and email it to: with the subject: “Funding Request”.

To speak to the Grants Team, call (03) 9412 0412 or email:

Closing: Ongoing

TCC and DGR Status required


Community Assist’s Community Grant Program

Focus: EPIC’s Community Grants program aims to help level the playing field for people with disability, and create communities which value and welcome people with disability. EPIC will consider sponsoring initiatives that:

  • benefit people with disability
  • provide opportunities for EPIC to connect with potential job seekers and employers.

Amount: Up to $300


Apply Now

Application currently closed, recipients will be announced on 3 March 2020,


Community Conservation Grants 

Focus: The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of Australia’s native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Land and Water – Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Threatened Species – Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Cultural Heritage – Conserving and celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Parks for People – Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

Amount: up to $10,000


Apply Now

Application opens on 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020.


Community Led Grants

Focus: To enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities.


Application Kit, Initial Proposal Form & Application Form

Amount: undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing


IOOF Community Grants 

The IOOF Foundation are committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged families, youth and the aged, by investing in initiatives that improve quality of life and help others achieve their potential to meaningfully participate in the community. The Foundation provides grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

Amount:  $10,000 to $150,000


Apply Now

Currently closed.

* DGR Status is required


New Hope Group Community Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: The program actively supports advancement in education, health and welfare, and cultural and sporting initiatives. Applications will only be expected form these areas: Brisbane City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, and Ipswich City Council.

Amount: From $10,000 to $30,000 (including in-kind support)

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing (6 weeks processing time)


Stanwell Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: To supporting activities that make a genuine ‘quality of life’ contribution to the communities that host Stanwell assets, in the South Burnett and Rockhampton regions, Mount Isa, Cairns, Tully and Ipswich.


Apply Now

Amount: Undisclosed

Closing: Ongoing


Transurban Community Grants 

Focus: Every six months, Transurban offer grants of up to $5000 to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs. Applications are assessed against the following:

  • benefit to communities located near our roads
  • the scale of positive impact to the broader community and environment
  • potential to help overcome obstacles for transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • clear description of the grant’s intended use and the expected benefits for the community
  • making a long-lasting difference to the community that may not otherwise have been possible without grant support.

Amount: $5000

Apply Now

Closing: tba, re-opening mid of 2019

* DGR Status is required


Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Tackling Tough Times Together –

  • Round 16: Late February 2020 for applications received by 16 December 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 27 Nov. 2019.
  • Round 17: Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.


Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:


1.Small and Vital grants NOW OPEN

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

Round 4: Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT Thursday, 19 December 2019 for funds awarded in March 2020.

Round 5:  Friday, 20 December 2019.- Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020


2. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019


Round 5:  Opens Friday, 20 December 2019.- Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be made by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 4 February 2020. Invitations to submit a full application will be made to select applicants.



Community Fund

Community Fund is a grant program that provides funding to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. This funding empowers groups to make a difference in their community. We look for ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, support local prosperity, and are innovative, or enable access to future solutions.

Your project might support disaster recovery, diversity and inclusion, education, energy and environmental conservation, electrical safety or renewable energy projects, or provide essential equipment or facilities to the local community.

Eligible groups include:

  • Community groups
  • Local government or other government entities
  • Educational institutions
  • Charities
  • Sporting clubs
  • Industry associations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations

How to apply

If your project will take place in Energex’s South East Queensland network area – that’s from the state’s border north to Gympie, and west to the base of the Great Dividing Range – please apply to Energex. For all other Queensland locations, please apply to Ergon.

Application Forms:

  • Energex Community fund application form here
  • Ergon Community Funding Application here

Amount: from $200 up to $5,000,

If you have any enquiries about the fund, application requirements, or need help with applying, please contact:

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Acknowledgement of country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.