Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities grants


The Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities Grants provides funding for projects that contribute to positive wellbeing and resilience outcomes for multicultural communities. Projects that encourage and support new and established migrant communities (including people on asylum seeker, partner, refugee visas and other non-permanent visas) to stay connected and support one another to maintain wellbeing and build resilience in the face of challenges.

Key dates

The Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities grants round is currently closed.

Funding available

Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities grants of up to $5,000 each per year are available in 2022/2023.

Past recipients

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


Grant guidelines 2022 (PDF 1.8MB)


The objectives of the Wellbeing and Resilience for Multicultural Communities Grants Program is to:

  • Strengthen wellbeing of multicultural communities
  • Build resilience of communities
  • Encourage community collaborations and partnerships
  • Build on community strengths and capabilities
  • Encourage community connection between groups who may not usually interact/cross paths

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, resident or relevant visa holder 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 grants and Community History grants.
  • 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).
  • 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. 
  • Parents and Citizens’ Associations are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community. 

  • 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.
  • NSW or Federal government departments.
  • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders. Note: this eligibility varies for Arts Grants.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 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. 
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.

Assessment criteria

  • Ability to demonstrate that the project aims to strengthen multicultural communities' wellbeing and resilience
  • Ability to demonstrate that the project seeks to strengthen community collaboration, connection and partnerships
  • Applicant's capacity to deliver a well‐planned project
  • 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

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying.

One-on-one sessions are available to provide grant applicants with tailored advice through a phone call to receive feedback and helpful tips on your project ideas from Council’s grant officers.

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.     

Apply now


For grant enquiries please contact Ingrid De Meyer, Community Programs Coordinator on 02 9335 2146 or email ingrid.demeyer@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or Aniela Pepe, Community Project Officer - Multicultural on 9392 5279 or multicultural@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 19 Sep 2022