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Frequently Asked Questions

What is COMPACT?
COMPACT stands for Community, in Partnership, taking Action to safeguard Australia’s peaceful and harmonious way of life against extremist hate, violence, fear and division.

What is a COMPACT grant?
Successful applications will bring together partners or consortia with the demonstrated experience, expertise and capacity to engage and effect positive change in young people (female and male young people aged between 12-30). More information is available at

How do I apply?
Multicultural NSW accepts grants applications an online grant application service. See to start an application or to found out more about the service:

When do applications close?
Applications now close Friday 24 August 2018 at 5pm.

Where can I find more information?
Please visit the Multicultural NSW website for more information or call the Multicultural NSW Grants Officer on 02 8255 6779.

Who is eligible?
The host organisation must be a non-profit sharing organisation. Named partner organisations may be profit sharing if they are make cash or in-kind contribution to the project. This is to be indicated in the project budget. Named partners must have agreed in writing to be a partner in the project.

Are regional applicants eligible?
Yes! Engaging young people in regional NSW is a COMPACT priority area. We encourage regional partnership grant applications.


What is the COMPACT Alliance?
COMPACT supports an alliance of community partners who are committed to addressing and resolving community issues and tensions. Current membership of the COMPACT Alliance consists of 37 existing partnership organisations, including the existing 14 funded host organisations and a further 23 partner organisations.

What are COMPACT partnership grants valued at?
Partnership projects are valued between $50,000 and $150,000 annually for up to two years.

What is a COMPACT partnership?
COMPACT is based on a partnership model. All proposals must specify the host organisation and named partner organisations. All partners must have agreed in writing to be a part of the project prior to submitting an application.  

What does a successful grant application have to demonstrate?
Applications must:

  • be located within NSW
  • demonstrate how the project will address one or more of the objectives nominated by Multicultural NSW
  • demonstrate how the project will address one or more of the youth engagement categories also identified above
  • demonstrate how the project will measure outcomes
  • be cost effective and viable with an accurate budget
  • have clearly defined project outcomes including a tangible measurement for outcome evaluation.


What are the COMPACT priorities?
To bring fresh perspectives and experiences into the COMPACT Alliance, this new round of COMPACT partnerships especially encourages new applications for partnership projects that:

  • engage the private sector and/or philanthropic partners to secure in-kind resources, expertise and/or matched funding
  • bring together grassroots organisations with larger well-established organisations to facilitate capacity building and cross sector collaboration
  • bring together three or more partner organisations with different skill sets to support COMPACT objectives
  • engage young people in regional NSW support COMPACT objectives
  • engage female participants


What are the COMPACT youth engagement categories?
COMPACT partnership projects will address one or more of the following youth engagement categories:

  • Creative communicators: includes creative methods to produce and disseminate positive, credible messages that inspire young people to be champions for community harmony through art, music, writing, public speaking, performance or dance.
  • Skills & enterprise: includes innovative methods to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and social conscience of young people through engagement with business and social enterprise.
  • Critical thinkers & problem solvers: includes methods to educate, raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, enhance critical thinking, identify, monitor and reduce or resolve community conflict or tension.
  • Families & intergenerational engagement: includes methods to engage and support young people, parents and families, address issues of intergenerational conflict, and build resilience at the family level.
  • Volunteers & humanitarians: includes methods to engage young people in volunteering, civic activities, charity and local and/or international humanitarian work with a clear benefit to local communities.
  • Sports for social cohesion: includes methods to engage young people, break down barriers, reinforce positive messages, and create support networks, mentoring opportunities and positive role models.


What activities are excluded?
The following activities are excluded from receiving funding through a COMPACT Partnership Grant:

  • party political activities
  • celebration of national or independence days with the exception of key Australian days including ANZAC Day, Australia Day, Clean Up Australia Day and NAIDOC day
  • religious festivals, rituals, events or promotions, except multi-faith events which involve people from more than one religion
  • projects funded under other State or Commonwealth grant programs
  • building works (including maintenance) and equipment purchases
  • events and festivals charging admission
  • media productions that have not been endorsed by Multicultural NSW prior to publication or broadcast
  • commercial or fundraising activities
  • projects or organisations that are already funded under COMPACT during the same funding period.