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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 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— This funding round will open at a later time within 2020-21.

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.

Multicultural events

Multicultural projects

Multicultural events

The 2020-21 multicultural events funding round closed on 25 September 2020.

Funding will be allocated to 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.

It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of the outcomes before the end of December 2020.

Multicultural projects

It is anticipated that the 2020-21 funding round for multicultural projects to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year will open in late 2020/early 2021.

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:
    • Funding Guidelines
    • FAQ Fact Sheet
    • Preview the application form.
  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 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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

  • 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

* Due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of the 2020 funded events are being postponed. The Events Calendara> 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.

The Community Funding Program managed by Multicultural Australia 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.