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 is underpinned by the Victorian Values Statement, which is the core of Victoria's new Multicultural Policy Statement.

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's new in the 2017-18 program?

The 2017-18 program has one stream of funding. Applicants may request up to $80,000 per annum.

The 2017-18 program has strong emphasis on outcomes and data collection for larger projects. Applicants requesting $50,000 per annum and above will be required to submit an Evaluation Plan during the application process. Refer to the Program Guidelines and the Evaluation Plan Guide and Template below for further information.

What funding is available?

Grants of up to $80,000 per annum for one, two or three years.

Who is eligible to apply?

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

Applicants requesting $50,000 per annum or more are required to submit an Evaluation Plan with their application. Applicants will need to upload the Evaluation Plan within the application portal. Refer to the Evaluation Plan Guide and Template for further information. 

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Office of Mulitcultural Affairs and Citizenship or the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion division 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 have now closed and are being reviewed.

Further information

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