What is the program?

The Capacity Building and Participation (CBP) Program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural communities across Victoria to fully participate and contribute to everyday life in Victoria. 

The program seeks to strengthen the participation, inclusion and contribution of high needs groups including regional multicultural communities; refugees and asylum seekers; youth; women; seniors; and lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and intersex (LGBTI) multicultural community members. The program also seeks to build community capacity to respond  to family violence including through initiatives focused on promoting gender equality, women’s leadership, women’s financial literacy, family safety, family violence prevention and service access.

The CBP Program emphasises a collaborative approach where communities and organisations work together on priority issues, and additional contributions are leveraged through partnerships with  government, philanthropy and/or community agencies.

The program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • build the capacity of Victoria’s multicultural communities to actively contribute to all aspects of life in Victoria;
  • strengthen participation, inclusion and service access by multicultural communities across Victoria;
  • strengthen the capacity of multicultural community organisations; and
  • to foster collaborative and partnership approaches between community and organisations.

What funding is available?

The Capacity Building and Participation Program is divided into three funding streams:

Small Grants

  • Grants up to $5,000 per year to strengthen the organisational capacity of small multicultural organisations including multicultural seniors and community language schools.

Medium Grants

  • Grants up to $75,000 per year for one or two years for community capacity building projects benefitting multicultural communities.

Strategic Partnerships

Grants up to $230,000 per year for four years for strategic partnership approaches to either:

  • support refugees and asylum seekers in defined areas across Metropolitan Melbourne (grants up to $200,000 per year); or
  • build the capacity of regional multicultural communities, including refugees and asylum seekers, and strengthen community harmony, social cohesion and economic outcomes in defined regional areas (grants up to $230,000 per year).

Multi-year funding is available. See guidelines for more details.

Who is eligible to apply?

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements please ensure you read the program guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the VMC and/or OMAC are not eligible to receive funding. To check if you are up to date with accountability reports, please email community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au.

How do I apply?

Applications for small and medium grants have now closed. Applications for Strategic Partnerships have now closed.
Please visit our Successful Grants page to see outcomes. Funding agreements are expected to be with successful organisations by early October 2016.

Further information

For more information contact community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au or call 1300 366 356.