THE State Government has opened applications for round one of the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.
Announced last Wednesday, the program was designed to encourage more multicultural and multi-faith communities to showcase their cultural heritage and traditions through festivals and events.
Small grants up to $2000 (community stream) and large grants between $7000 and $70,000 (partnerships stream) are available.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the program was particularly keen to hear from new applicants, those in regional areas and from new and emerging communities.
“Regardless of our ethnicity, cultural identity or religion, we are all Victorians,” he said.
“I strongly encourage groups and organisations in Northern Victoria to apply for these grants.
“We are a multicultural society built on migration — our rich cultural, economic and ethnic diversity is key to our success as a state, and as a nation. By sharing and celebrating in different cultures, we foster a truly inclusive and diverse community.
“These grants strengthen our multicultural society and ensure inclusivity throughout the community.”
A regional roadshow will take place across Victoria from early next month to inform local communities and organisations about the program and how to apply.
In the last financial year, this program supported more than 750 events and had an estimated 2.5 million participants, delivering more than $10 million of total economic activity to Victoria.
Applications close on March 10 and eligible events must be held between July 1 and December 31.
For more information or to apply, visit: www.vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-andevents-program