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 differences.

Read the Program Guidelines

What's new in the 2018-19 program?

Evaluation requirements for all applications

  • Applications for under $25,000 per annum are required to outline an approach for how the applicant will assess the outcomes of their funded activity.
  • Applications for over $25,000 per annum are required to submit a Project Evaluation Plan with their application.

Refer to page 5 of the Program Guidelines for further detail on evaluation requirements for all applications.

Priorities for funding for this year’s program

DPC has outlined priorities for funding for this grant program which complement the objectives. 

During the application process applicants will be required to identify the relevant funding priority an activity responds to and provide a rationale for how the application meets the priority. Applicants may respond to one or more of the funding priorities.

Refer to page 5 of the Program Guidelines for further detail on funding priorities.

What funding is available?

Grants of up to $100,000 per annum for one or two years.

Who is eligible to apply?

For more information about the program and eligibility requirements refer to the Program Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Applicants who have overdue accountability reports for previous grants funded through the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Office of Multicultural 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?

Submissions for the 2018-219 program are now closed and applications are being assessed.


Further information

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