National Multicultural Festival Grant

The National Multicultural Festival Grant Program provides funding to ACT based community organisations to participate at the Festival. The festival provides an inclusive and accessible platform for communities to participate, celebrate, and showcase their respective cultural traditions and heritage, though language, music, dance, cultural displays and food.

2018 - 2019 Recipients

Participation (National Multicultural Festival) Grant Program

2019-20 Participation (National Multicultural Festival) Grant Program [PDF 246KB]


The ACT Government is pleased to announce the 2019‑20 Participation (National Multicultural Festival) Grant Program.


This grant program will provide funding for projects that highlight and promote community participation, cultural diversity, and inclusion at the National Multicultural Festival.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how their activity, event or project will embrace cultural participation at National Multicultural Festival.

Funding Aims

The aim of this funding is to:

Funding Categories

Activities under the National Multicultural Festival Grants will be considered under the following two (2) categories:

Available funding

A total of $85,000 (GST exclusive) is available in the 2019-20 funding round.

It is the intention of this grants program that as many multicultural organisations as possible benefit from the funds available. Applicants are encouraged to consider grant funding as a contribution and should not rely solely on this funding for the viability of their activity, event or project. Applicants are encouraged to secure other funding sources including partnering with other organisations to deliver the activity, event or project.

Recommended applications may not receive the full amount applied for. The assessment panel will review and adjust the level of recommended funding as necessary. However, as a guide, organisations applying under the cultural activities category (Funding Categories above) can expect to receive approximately $500 as contribution for a performance or to run a program or activity at the Festival.

Organisations applying as a showcase (Funding Categories above) can expect to receive an amount reflecting the length of the showcase and the capacity to engage culturally relevant performers.


Eligibility requirements

Organisation eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply, organisations must:

  1. be incorporated or be auspiced by an incorporated organization or;
  2. be a registered not-for-profit or a charitable organization and;
  3. have no overdue reporting obligations for previous ACT Government grants including: evaluations, acquittal reports and audited financial statements and;
  4. have a current public liaibility insurance policy with a cover of a minimum of $10 million. (Organisations without public liaibility cover should contact the NMF Festival Team to discuss the issues.)

Not-for-Profit Organisations

A Not-for-Profit (NFP) organisation does not operate for the profit or gain of its individual members, whether these gains would have been direct or indirect.

A NFP organisation is not an organisation that has not made a profit. A NFP organisation can still make a profit, but this profit must be used to carry out its purposes and must not be distributed to owners, members or other private individuals.

For more information please visit the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission, the Australian Taxation Office and the Charities ACT 2013.

Who can not apply

Individuals, profit making groups, government entities and registered political parties are not eligible to apply.

Project eligibility requirements

Eligible projects/performances:

Obligations of auspicing organisation

An auspicing organisation must provide a letter of support with the application stating that it will:

  1. accept responsibility for the grant funding for the Project and administer the funding in accordance with the Grant Guidelines and Letter of Offer;
  2. disburse grant funding to the organisation applying for funding in accordance with the Grant Guidelines and Letter of Offer and not unreasonably withhold funding for the implementation of the Project (unless other arrangements are agreed); and
  3. comply with all grant funding contractual obligations, including the provision of progress reports, final reports and financial acquittal documentation.

If the auspicing organisation is unable to comply with the above eligibility requirements, your application will not be assessed for funding.

What the funds can be used for?

Applications will be considered for the following:

  1. to assist Canberra’s multicultural communities participate at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival; to purchase costumes, props, materials for multicultural performances, celebrations or observances;
  2. programs or activities at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival which enhance community relations, intercultural or social harmony and which promote cultural dialogue and understanding;
  3. activities that contribute to information dissemination and cultural exhibitions at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival; and
  4. to support NMF Showcase Coordination at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival.

What the funds cannot be used for?

Applications will not be considered for the following:

  1. Projects that do not contribute to the aim of the grant program;
  2. Commercial and fundraising projects and events;
  3. Hire and other costs related with food stalls;
  4. Recurrent administrative organisational costs or ongoing commitments such as salaries and public liability insurance;
  5. Activities that would normally be funded under other grants programs such as the Participation (Multicultural) Grant Program, the Community Support and Infrastructure Grant Program and the Participation (Digital Communities) Grant Program;
  6. The purchase of photocopiers, computers, machinery, vehicles or capital equipment of any kind; and
  7. Events that promote or are held for a political purpose.


Assessment of applications

An Assessment Panel will review all applications and recommend eligibility and priority to the delegate , the Executive Director, Inclusion and Participation Division. The Assessment Panel will include a Chairperson represented by the Senior Manager, National Multicultural Festival Team and community representatives as members;

The Assessment Panel will assess all eligible grant applications against the following selection criteria:

Event summary and purpose

The application demonstrates that the activity, event or project aligns with the aim of the grant program and adds cultural value to the National Multicultural Festival.

Clear outcomes

The application demonstrates that the activity, event or project has clear and logical expected outcomes that align with the funding categories.

Benefit to community

  1. The application demonstrates how the activity, event or project will assist the organisation participate at the National Multicultural Festival.
  2. Consideration will be given both to projects that have a broad benefit to the community and those that meet specific priorities such as youth, or new and emerging communities.

Timeframes and Budget

The application demonstrates the activity, event or project:

  1. has a realistic timeframe;
  2. budget is based on sound cost estimates, is realistic, clearly details all the expenditure for the project and demonstrates value for money.
  3. Successful applicants will be required to enter into an Agreement with the ACT Government setting out the terms and conditions for which funding will be provided, including acquittal requirements within the agreed timeframe. This Agreement will be a Letter of Offer.


Accepting a Grant

Grant requirements

Acquittal/reporting requirements

All successful applicants/organisations must expend the funds within the timeframes nominated in the Letter of Offer. For the 2019-20 Participation (National Multicultural Festival) Grant Program, the successful recipients must submit the completed acquittal and expenditure by 31 March 2020.

When you have expended the funds, please log on to SmartyGrants External Link and complete the Acquittal Report forms. Use the same username and password to log in that you used to register with SmartyGrants when you applied for the grant.

We require you to keep ALL receipts for all related expenditure including evidence of any income to performers and artists. Copies are required for your Acquittal Report.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible for funding in future grants rounds, applicants must meet all acquittal and reporting requirements.


For many projects the organisation must carry out at least $10 million in Public Liability Insurance.

The requirement to have insurance and the level required is determined by an assessment of the risks and liabilities of the proposal. Usually low risk proposals are not required to have additional insurance.

Successful applicants will be notified in their Letter of Offer if additional insurance is required.


Important Information for Applicants

When to submit your application

Late applications will not be accepted.

How to submit your application

Using the On-line Application Form

Navigating (moving through) the grants application form
On the right hand side of every screen, there is a box which links directly to every page of the application. Click on any page to jump directly to that page. You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.

Saving your draft application and returning
You can press 'save' at any point and log out. When you log back in, your draft application will be saved and you can start where you left off.

Submitting your application
The submit button is on the final page. You will not be able to submit your application until all the questions are completed.

Attachments and support documents
You may wish to upload/submit attachments to support your application. For some Categories you will have to include attachments. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, on a zip drive, or similar. If you are not able to upload a document, please contact the Program Officer for support on (02) 6205 5313.

Completing an application in a group/team
A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details provided that only one person is working on the application at any given time. Ensure you save as you go.

Once you have completed your application it will be submitted to the Program Officer.

PLEASE NOTE: The Grants Program Officer is unable to view your application until it is submitted.



Any additional information provided by the Community Services Directorate as part of this grant program will be posted online

In addition, all applicants that have started or submitted an online application form will be notified by email to the address that is registered with SmartyGrants.


All material submitted to the Community Services Directorate is provided in confidence. However, the ACT Government may promote successful applicants for the mutual benefit of the Grants Program and the applicant. Details of applications will not be made available to third parties without permission.


What you can expect

A complaint is defined as an expression of dissatisfaction in relation to the application process and/or an unsuccessful application for a grant.

You or your representatives have the right to raise your concerns. This information supports us to improve services and supports your right to ask questions about the grant application process as well as decisions made in relation to an unsuccessful application.

If you make make a complaint, you can expect to:

  1. be treated respectfully, fairly and in confidence;
  2. have your concerns dealt with as soon as possible;
  3. be informed of progress; and
  4. be told of the outcome.

Further information

For more information or to lodge a complaint, please contact the Program Officer:

Telephone: (02) 6205 5313