Building Multicultural Communities Program

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy has announced a new funding program to support multicultural communities. The Building Multicultural Communities Program is broadly aimed at funding infrastructure and resources for multicultural communities and the guidelines appear to allow purchasing musical equipment, for example, in Stream One of the project.


Local councils, not for profit organisations (including NFP arts organisations), community organisations and faith groups are eligible; schools, for profit organisations and individuals are not (click here for more eligibility details)


The BMCP will provide one-off funding to eligible Australian not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations and local government authorities that provide services and key support to their community groups, for projects that enhance multicultural community spaces through infrastructure, equipment and capital works.

The BMCP aims to empower communities to embrace the benefits of multiculturalism and maintain cohesive and socially inclusive neighbourhoods. The enhanced multicultural community spaces will provide an opportunity for Australians of all backgrounds to come together for activities, programs and events, while promoting a sense of belonging for Australians of every race, culture and religion.

How much?

BMCP funding will be available under two streams:

  • Stream One: non-fixed infrastructure and equipment. $1,000 to $10,000
  • Stream Two: capital works and fixed infrastructure. Up to $150,000

Deadline: 28 June, 2013

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