Community-Led Celebration Day (Multicultural) Grants


The Multicultural Grants provides financial support to plan and deliver celebrations of national cultures or national days of cultural significance to local communities across the Inner West. Formats vary but may include an official component, music, dancing and entertainment activities, recognition of community or individual achievements and culturally significant refreshments. Applications from groups from multiple diverse backgrounds seeking to work together on local celebrations are also welcome.

Key dates

    Grants round now closed.

      Funding available

      Community-Led Celebration Day (Multicultural) grants of up to $5,000 each per year are available in 2020/21.

      Past recipients

      A list of successful applicants and their projects for earlier rounds, can be found on the Successful Multicultural Grants page.


      Grant guidelines 2020 (PDF 8.9MB)


      • Provide financial support to plan and deliver celebrations of national cultures or national days of cultural significance in local communities across the Inner West.

      Eligibility criteria


      To be eligible for funding, you must:

      • Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
      • Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
      • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
      • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
      • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
      • Address the grant stream objectives.
      • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
      • Only submit one application per applicant each year.


      Inner West Council does not fund:

      • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
      • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
      • Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
      • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders.
      • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
      • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
      • Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
      • Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants in 2020/2021.
      • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
      • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
      • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
      • General donations to charities. Council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
      • Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or associated groups.
      • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.

      Assessment criteria

      • Impact and quality of the project that contributes to Council’s Multicultural Policy
      • Ability to deliver cultural benefits to communities in the Inner West
      • Applicant's capacity to deliver a well‐planned project including applicant experience, skills and time
      • Realistic budget including all sources of project income with inclusion of relevant quotes
      • Merit of the application in comparison to the other applications

      Application support

      Council holds one-on-one sessions to support potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying.  

      One-on-one sessions

      These sessions provide grant applicants with tailored advice on their project and grant application. Receive feedback on your draft application and project ideas from Council’s grant officers and receive helpful tips on how to write your grant application.  

      How to apply

      Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage.

      Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.    


      For grant enquiries please contact Ingrid De Meyer, Community Programs Coordinator on 02 9335 2146 or email



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      Page last updated: 30 Nov 2020