What is the program? 

The Capacity Building and Participation (CBP) Program aims 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 other diverse cohorts. 

The CBP Program emphasises collaboration between communities and organisations on priority issues and additional contributions are leveraged through partnerships with government, NGOs and/or community agencies. 

Under the program, a separate funding stream has been established to build the capacity of multicultural communities to address family violence and all forms of violence against women. 

The program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • build the capacity of Victoria’s multicultural and faith-based communities to actively contribute to all aspects of life in Victoria,
  • build the capacity of Victoria’s multicultural and faith-based communities to work towards creating a future free from family violence and all forms of violence against women,
  • strengthen participation, inclusion and service access by multicultural and faith-based communities across Victoria, including better connecting communities with the mainstream service system,
  • strengthen the capacity of multicultural community organisations to better engage and support the multicultural and faith-based communities and groups that they represent, and
  • foster collaborative and partnership approaches between community and organisations, in which communities are empowered to use their strengths, knowledge and resources, to improve social, cultural, educational and economic pathways and outcomes.

What funding is available?

Small Grants 

Grants of up to $5,000 per year for one or two years 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 to support community capacity building projects which benefit multicultural and faith-based communities. Priority groups include: 

  • regional communities,
  • refugees and asylum seekers,
  • young people,
  • women,
  • seniors, and 
  • other diverse cohorts.

Prevention of Family Violence Stream

This stream supports prevention initiatives that are specifically tailored for multicultural and faith-based communities. These initiatives will support the Victorian Government’s new prevention strategy, Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, and broader Victorian Government family violence reforms.

Grants of up to $75,000 per year for two years are available for community capacity building projects supporting multicultural and faith-based communities to prevent family violence. Initiatives under this stream could include programs that support the prevention of family violence and all forms of violence against women (including gender equality initiatives).

Please note that organisations are eligible to apply for, and may receive, grants under the Small and Medium Grants categories. 

Who is eligible to apply?

For more information about the program and eligibility requirement, read the program guidelines.

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the Victorian Multicultural Commission and/or Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet 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.

Who can apply for funding? 

  • Community organisations or local government authorities partnering with community organisations can apply for up to two years funding under the Small Grants Category (up to $5,000) or the Medium Grants Category (up to $75,000), which includes a Family Violence Stream.

  • Seniors groups and community language schools can apply for support under the Small Grants Category.

  • Agencies assisting to prevent family violence. Given the complexity and sensitivity of family violence prevention, organisations applying for grants to support initiatives must meet specific criteria.

What kind of activities are funded?

For information about activities which are typically funded under each type of grant, please read our Q & A document.

How can I apply?

Applications have now closed and are currently being assessed, applicants will be advised of an outcome shortly.

Previous rounds

Please visit our Successful Grants page to see the outcomes of the funding round for 2016-2017. 

Further information

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