Stronger Together Project Grants

The Multicultural NSW Stronger Together Grants Program aims to support multicultural projects across NSW. We invest in community projects and activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of our identity and way of life.

Project Grants range from $20,000 to $40,000 and are available for projects that can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level. Funding is available for projects delivered between 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023.

These grants are now closed.

Grant Criteria and Exclusions

We are stronger together when people from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds work together on projects that make a difference.

Grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 are available for 12-month projects than can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level.

Our project grants support collaborative relationships with Government and partnerships between community, non-government, educational organisations and the private sector.

Project Grants range from $20,000 to $40,000 are available for projects delivered between 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023.

Selection criteria

Applications must address how the project will link to Multicultural NSW’s 2021-2025 Strategic Priorities:

  • Language Services
    • Ensuring that language is not a barrier to information and that barriers are broken down between speakers of different languages.
    • That small, new and emerging communities have language support.
  • Sector Capability
    • Developing programs and services to meet the needs of culturally diverse communities.
    • Building resources that enhance leadership, engagement, communications, service delivery and planning capability for culturally diverse communities.
  • Community Resilience
    • Building and maintaining networks across the community that can solve respond to problems and actively support social cohesion.
  • Settlement
    • Establishing programs that help new arrivals to thrive in new locations.
  • A Shared Sense of Value
    • Building programs with strong intercultural and interfaith networks.

Eligibility & Exclusions

To be eligible for a Stronger Together Project grant, applicants must:

  • be a non-profit sharing organisation
  • be located within NSW
  • confirm past and current funding sources for the past three years
  • have acquitted all prior grants
  • demonstrate how the project aligns with Multicultural NSW’s strategic plan
  • demonstrate how the Project will measure outcomes
  • demonstrate that the Project is cost effective and viable with an accurate budget
  • have all appropriate insurances and licences
  • submit an application online through the Multicultural NSW approved SmartyGrants portal before the closing date with all aspects of the application form completed
  • Deliver the project within the 12-month project delivery period
  • promote the Multicultural NSW and NSW Government funded project on their website and social media platforms
  • commit to delivering the Project in line with NSW health guidelines and COVID-19 regulations
  • clearly show co-contributions from applications towards the project. It is unlikely that the project will be funded if there is no co-contribution
  • confirm other funding sources that are contributing to the total project budget

What items cannot be funded?

The following activities are excluded from receiving grant funding:

  • party political activities
  • religious festivals, rituals, events or promotions, except multi-faith events which involve people from more than one religion
  • activities that are dependent on recurrent annual funding
  • applications that seek support for supplementing, increasing or continuing ongoing service delivery or for funding the core business of the organisation commercial or fundraising activities
  • projects that duplicate existing services
  • capital expenses, including but not limited to building works (including maintenance) and equipment purchases
  • media productions that have not been endorsed by Multicultural NSW prior to publication

Grant funding will not be awarded to any organisation that:

  • does not demonstrate a commitment to multicultural principles
  • has Redress sanctions as described in the National Redress Scheme
  • is subject to a winding up order or has an appointed administrator
  • has a pending/ongoing legal case
  • is bankrupt
  • has no sound financial management and governance.

Project Budgets and Use of Funding

A detailed budget is required to be submitted with the grant application. In-kind contributions are also to be identified in the budget. Multicultural NSW strongly encourages co-contributions from applications towards the projects. It is unlikely that projects will be funded if there is no co-contribution.

For grants for projects, applicants are eligible to receive grant funding up to the amount of $40,000.

Funding restrictions apply for the following items:

  • No more than 5% of the budget can be used for catering.
  • No more than 10% of the budget can be used for administrative costs related to the grant funded project delivery. Administration costs do not include staffing.
  • No portion of the grant funding can be used towards insurance costs. Including, but not limited to, Public Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance and Volunteers Insurance
  • Capital Expenditure or Purchases. No portion of the grant funding can be used towards capital expenditure or purchase costs. Including, but not limited to, building costs or maintenance and equipment purchase.
  • Cash Prizes or Gifts. No portion of the grant funding can be used towards cash Prizes or gifts, including gift vouchers.
  • Independent Audit Fees. No portion of the grant funding can be used towards financial independent audit fees.

Assessment criteria – what are we looking for?

The following criteria and considerations are applied in the assessment of grant applications.

Application meets eligibility criteria and is not an excluded activity

Applications from ineligible organisations or excluded activities will not be considered.

Application form is complete and submitted on time

Applications that are not submitted online through the Multicultural NSW approved SmartyGrants portal before the closing date with all aspects of the application form completed (including all required supporting documentation, financial statements, insurances etc) will not be considered.

Application is appropriate to the Stronger Together Grants Program

Successful applications will clearly and convincingly demonstrate how funded project will support the grant criteria.

Application demonstrates capacity to successfully deliver the Project

Successful applications will clearly demonstrate the organisation’s capacity to deliver the project before 31 December 2023 and within budget.

Applications should clearly identify resources that will be committed to ensure the Project is a success. A work plan and risk mitigation strategy should be included with all applications.

Application presents good value for money

Successful applications will clearly demonstrate value for money with a well-considered, proportionate, clearly itemised budget.

Stronger Together Grants will be awarded for Projects from a diverse range of community organisations, for a diverse range of activities and approaches, and in diverse localities across New South Wales.

Applications are assessed in comparison to all other applications and in comparison to similar applications in terms of locality, cultural focus, and type of activity or approach.

Multiple applications

Eligible organisations can submit more than one application, for different Projects, within the same funding round. However, the same organisation can only be awarded a single grant within the same funding round.

Available funding pool

Multicultural NSW always receives more funding applications than the available total amount of funding for Projects. Therefore, successful applications will be of a high standard based on the criteria and considerations outlined above. The limited funding pool and competitive assessment process also means that sometimes even strong applications will be unsuccessful.

Funding agreements

Terms and Conditions will apply to the grant funding agreement. Successful organisations are required to review the Terms and Conditions and declare that they have read and understand them. They will acknowledge that an agreement based on those Terms and Conditions will apply to the grant. If a grant is awarded, they will agree to comply with these Terms and Conditions in acquitting the grant.

Acquittal for this grant requires independent audit of the grant financial statements and information. Grant funding can not be used for the independent audit. The applying organisation should consider this cost in their budgeting and other funding sources required to complete the mandatory reporting.

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