MULTICULTURAL festivals across Victoria are set to be the biggest and brightest yet, with a $2.4 million government funding boost announced this week.
The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, awarded over 500 grants this year as part of the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.
The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) plays a key role on an independent panel for the government’s community grants programs, which uses a comprehensive merit system to assess applications.
Chairperson of the Commission, Ms Helen Kapalos, said these grants support the work of Victoria’s diverse communities in celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion.
“With this funding, community organisations across the state will be able to celebrate and share their cultural heritage with all Victorians.
“Sharing our traditions is such a key process in expressing who we are, feeling a sense of belonging and generating positive connections that make our communities stronger,” said Ms Kapalos.
Coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Program received more than 650 applications from new and established groups, from both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
The grants will help support new and established communities to hold events which engage the broader community in multicultural celebrations as well as enhancing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
Minister Robin Scott said the Victorian Government actively supports multicultural communities, providing the largest ever funding allocation for local communities, initiatives to promote inclusion, festivals and events, community infrastructure and settlement support for refugees and asylum seekers.
‘’Our history of multiculturalism has shaped Victoria and has made us proud, diverse and accepting.
“The Andrews Labor Government supports a thriving, diverse community and these grants will help the entire community celebrate multi-faith cultures and traditions,” he said.