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South Australia launches ‘Celebrate Together Grants’ initiative for multicultural groups




Applications for Multicultural Affairs’ Celebrate Together Grants for 2023 – 2024 are now open giving the opportunity to multicultural organisations to host festivals and events in South Australia. 

Through a $1 million funding program, the Malinauskas government is committed to supporting multicultural communities share their cultures, customs and traditions with all South Australians.

There are two categories of grants under the Celebrate Together Grants:

  • Large Grants from $5,001 to $30,000 are available for festivals and events that can be delivered within 12 months, commencing in July 2023.
  • Small Grants (Round 1) of up to $5,000 are available for festivals and events to be held between 1 July 2023 and 31 December 2023.

Multicultural Affairs (DPC) will accept one application for each round of the Celebrate Together Grants per organisation per year.

Organisations with regional offices can submit one application per regional office.

Key multicultural service providers, who have a direct responsibility working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, can apply up to two times per round, as a lead agency in partnership with one or more multicultural community organisations.

The Celebrate Together Grants invests in multicultural organisations to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • increase understanding of the culturally diverse community in which we live
  • celebrate and showcase the culture and customs of South Australia’s diverse multicultural communities with the wider community,
  • build a visible profile to highlight the unique cultural brand of South Australia,
  • support new and emerging communities to increase their skills and experience through delivering events,
  • foster partnerships (financial or non-financial) between culturally diverse communities and other sectors through shared hosting of festivals and events.

To be eligible for funding, multicultural organisations must:

  • be non-government, not-for-profit and incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985, or 
  • an Australian Public Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001, or
  • a Statutory Authority established through an Act, or
  • registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission with a comparable legal status,
  • have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN),
  • provide satisfactory evidence that their core purpose is to deliver initiatives, services or support for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in South Australia,
  • be South Australian based.

Funding can be used for eligible expenses that directly relate to the coordination, management and delivery of the festival or event.

The following can be funded:

  • Venue hire (hall hire fees)
  • Equipment hire (lighting/ sound/audio visual equipment hire or catering equipment hire)
  • Staging hire
  • marquee / stall / table / chair hire
  • traditional costumes for performances
  • security guards
  • event advertising and marketing such as flyers, booklets and posters
  • framed certificates and trophies for presentations
  • cleaning materials

Online application forms and guidelines are available at www.multicultural.sa.gov.au. Applications close on March 31st, 2023, at 11pm.

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