What is the program?

The Community Harmony Program is designed to enable Victorians to build social cohesion and community harmony through preventative initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance. 

The program aims to support all Victorians to have a strong sense of belonging, whatever their religion, ethnicity, skin colour, or cultural identity, through creating opportunities for Victorians to build relationships with one another leading to increased understanding and respect for our common values and interests.

The program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • increase intercultural, inter-community and interreligious interaction, engagement and understanding; 
  • support diverse groups, such as different cultural, religious and social groups, to develop relationships with one another and deliver initiatives that promote social cohesion and harmony;
  • support and work with communities to build their capacity and leadership  to respond to emerging challenges to social cohesion; and
  • build the recognition that shared values and the foundations of common humanity transcend cultural and religious difference.

What funding is available?

The CH Program is divided into two funding streams:

  • small grants ($500 to $30,000 per annum); and
  • large grants ($30,001 to $110,000 per annum).

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 grants have now closed and are currently being assessed. The results will be announced in the coming months.

Expressions of Interest for large grants have now closed and are currently being reviewed. Expressions of Interest that progress to a second stage application will be contacted by mid May. The application time frame is expected to be approximately two weeks. Organisations that are not progressing will also be notified.

Further information

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