NSW Government announces extra funding for multicultural events and festivals

The NSW Government announced on Tuesday that it will provide additional funding for local groups and organisations to host cultural events and festivals.

Minister for Multiculturalism, Mark Coure, said a total of $800,000 is available through Multicultural NSW’s Stronger Together Grants Program to support the hosting of cultural events, festivals and projects.

“This grants program is all about investing in your community by providing support for activities that foster community harmony and celebrate our State’s incredible cultural diversity,” Mr Coure said.

“To date, the NSW Government has already invested more than $1 million into groups and organisations to host cultural events and festivals in their local areas.”

This announcement comes as the NSW Government also made $11 million available to grassroots organisations helping vulnerable multicultural communities continue to recover from the pandemic.

Mr Coure said part of the $11 million would see 69 multicultural organisations receive a share of $4 million through the Empowering and Supporting Local Communities grants scheme.

The NSW Government is also investing in groups running youth-focused initiatives that promote social cohesion through the Community Partnership Action (COMPACT) Program.

This program will allow non-for-profit and community groups to apply for a share of $1.5 million to run programs and projects that empower young people to build social harmony and put an end to racism.

Mr Coure said the COMPACT Program is a first of its kind in Australia, which focuses on building social cohesion and community resilience.

For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program and to apply, visit


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