Intercultural Understanding Partnership Program (ICUP)


The Intercultural Understanding Partnership (ICUP) is an exciting new initiative created by Together for Humanity (TFH) for partner schools to receive up to $15,000 for a government grant funded project over two years to support schools in addressing any cross-cultural and/or interfaith challenges in their school community.    JCMA is working in partnership with TFH in Victoria to provide support and the opportunity for a number of schools in Victorian Schools to work closely with educators at JCMA and TFH on this program.

The ICUP has grown out of the Good Practice program work TFH has undertaken with schools over the last two years. See one example in this video, or click here for more examples.  The program is supported and funded by an Australian Government grant program.

How To Apply

To apply complete an Expression of Interest form which can be downloaded here and email to  The ICUP application date is Friday May 22, 2020.  For more information about the program you can email to


Frequently Asked Questions

How many grants will be issued?

At this stage we expect 12 grants will be issued across metropolitan and regional Australia.

Can a school submit more than one application?

Yes, a school can submit as many applications as they like so long as each represents a different intercultural challenge in their community.

What is the process for the selection of grant recipients?

After the submission deadline a panel of experienced educators from Together for Humanity (TFH) will meet and shortlist applications. For each shortlisted application a TFH facilitator will contact the school to discuss their intercultural challenge in more detail. The school will also be presented with the accountability requirements required to receive the grant. After these visits the TFH panel will reconvene and decide which schools will receive the grant.

What is the expected timeline for the project given the COVID-19 situation?

With the new EOI deadline of May 22, it is expected that shortlisting will occur in Term 2.  By early Term 3 schools will receive confirmation if they have been successful with their application. Stage 1: Planning would begin in Term 3, with Stage 2: Implementation occurring at the earliest in Term 4 2020, but most likely at the start of the 2021 school year.

What is the role of the TFH facilitator?

The TFH facilitator is part of the school ICUP team. The TFH facilitator is NOT the chair of the ICUP team. Their role is to work with the team to develop their ICUP plan, provide networking opportunities, share their expertise and assist the team meet accountability requirements.

Who would be on the school ICUP team?

Team membership will be decided in discussion with school leadership, the ICUP facilitator and is based on the nature of the intercultural challenge.

How will the money be distributed?

The grant funds will be distributed based on the ICUP plan that is developed with the school ICUP team. It is expected that the grant will be allocated in stages rather than one lump sum.

What are some of the accountability requirements for spending the grant money?

TFH needs to report to the Australian Government how the grant money is being used. There is no restriction on how the grant money is spent, so long as it aligns to the school ICUP plan. We anticipate that funds would be spent on teacher release for meetings and planning, teacher PD, collecting data, creating teaching resources and student resources.

Further questions?

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