Andrews Govt Provides Support For Multicultural Festivals In Year 2017-18

Andrews Govt Provides Support For Multicultural Festivals In Year 2017-18

Victoria Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

Kicking Off Victoria’s Multi-Festival Season

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Organisers of community festivals and events celebrating Victoria’s diversity can apply for funding from the Andrews Government this year.

More than $2 Million will be available to community groups and schools as part of the Government’s recently launched Victorian, And proud of it multicultural policy.

From today, organisers are encouraged to apply for grants under the Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program for any events held during the 2017-18 financial year.

“As part of Victorian, And proud of it this year, community groups will be required to open up festivals and events to the broader public to share in the cultural traditions that make Victoria the best place on earth.” Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said.

“This events program has been going from strength to strength and it just shows how much people value the freedom to celebrate their roots.”

Successful bids will showcase Victoria’s rich diversity through food, music and culture, strengthen ties with the public and demonstrate their contribution to the wider Victorian community.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott attributed the success of the program to its support of Victorians in celebrating their traditional roots and having the freedom to be themselves.

Victorians come from more than 200 different countries, speak more than 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths.

“Victoria is a proudly diverse state and as a Government, we don’t just tolerate our differences, we celebrate them.” Mr. Scott said.

Applications will be assessed under three tiers. Small grants are capped at $10,000, large grants at $100,000, while primary and secondary schools can apply for up to $2,000.

Multi-year funding of up to three years is also available for long-running events or those based in regional areas.