More funding to unite and celebrate cultural diversity and unity


Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced funding is available for projects which celebrate cultural diversity and help bring the community together.

The 2016-17 Unity and Celebration Grants, which form part of the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, provide funding for projects which help unite local communities, promote social cohesion and showcase the benefits of cultural diversity.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring NSW remains a diverse, cohesive and harmonious place to live and work. The Multicultural NSW Grants Program plays an important role in achieving that,” Mr Ajaka said.

“The Unity and Celebration Grants will help galvanise and unite our local communities, as well as celebrate our cultural diversity.

“A key focus of the Unity Grants will be on initiatives that combat racism and build interfaith understanding.”

Unity Grants provide up to $30,000 to support local community projects, and Celebration Grants provide up to $5,000 for festivals and events that bring communities together and showcase the benefits of cultural diversity.

Successful Unity and Celebration Grant recipients have included:

  • Helping Auburn PCYC address social isolation in young in the local community
  • Establishing a local cultural club in Wagga Wagga
  • Helping vulnerable female refugees in the Hunter find jobs and work towards financial independence
  • The Ritmo Brazilian Festival organised by the Brazilian Community Council of Australia

Only not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for Unity and Celebration Grants.   Applications close 9 September 2016.

For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, visit


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