Stronger Together Major Festival Local Council Grants

NSW Government

Relevent Country: Australia

The NSW Government is now accepting applications for its Stronger Together Major Festival Local Council Grants to support multicultural festivals, events and projects across NSW.

They invest in activities that foster community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity as a precious part of the identity and way of life.

Strategic Priorities

  • The Stronger Together Local Council Major Festival applications must address how the project will link to Multicultural NSW’s 2021-2025 Strategic Priorities:

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.


  • Establishing programs that help new arrivals to thrive in new locations

A Shared Sense of Value

  • Building programs with strong intercultural and interfaith networks.

Funding Information

  • Eligible applicants can apply for grant funding of up to $500,000 per year over 2 years to a total of $1 million.
  • Applications that seek to split the $500,000 funding over more than one festival to be held each year will be considered.  Please note when making this request:
  • The maximum funding available over the two years will be $1,000,000 ($500,000 per year).
  • The details of the request for multi-festivals are to be submitted in one application (that is, multiple applications from the same council will not be accepted).


The following activities are excluded from receiving grant funding:

  • party political activities
  • 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
  • capital expenses, including but not limited to building works (including maintenance) and equipment purchases

Grant funding will not be awarded to any local council 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
  • is bankrupt
  • has no sound financial management and governance
  • is located outside of the Six-Cities Regions

Eligibility Criteria

Local Councils within the Six-Cities regions and Western Sydney Councils include:

  • Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City
  • Central Coast City
  • Illawarra-Shoalhaven City
  • Western Parkland City
  • Central River City
  • Eastern Harbour City


Applications must address how the Major Festival will:

  • Demonstrate how the festival showcases and shares the community’s cultures and traditions
  • Build community resilience and social cohesion
  • Deliver local community economic benefit
  • Be inclusive and accessible
  • Reach and engage with the broader community
  • Be delivered in a compliant and safe way
  • Demonstrate value for money, including demonstrating value-match
  • Where appropriate develop in-language festival communications and print materials

Applicants must also agree to:

  • The terms detailed in the Partnering with Multicultural NSW – Partnership Principles section of this Guideline
  • participate in periodic planning milestone updates with the Multicultural NSW team.