The 2024 Festival and the 46th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will call on communities to imagine and demand the world we rightfully deserve under the theme Our Future.

In honour of the Mardi Gras Parade happening in Sydney this weekend we’re sharing some upcoming grant opportunities focused on initiatives supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, to help you in imagining and demanding your future!

Some of these deadlines are looming – so be quick, and as always, make sure you read the guidelines carefully!

Lesbians Incorporated: Community Grants Round One 2024 – closes 22 March

Lesbians Inc provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia. To be eligible for funding, projects must demonstrate that they:

  • meet an identified social, cultural, educational, health, welfare, recreational, personal development or legal need of the lesbian community;
  • target discrimination against lesbians and/or aim to improve the civil rights and/or status of lesbians within the general community;
  • aim to improve the access of lesbians to programs, services, activities and opportunities available to the general community;
  • aim to increase the vocational training and/or employment opportunities of lesbians.

Maximum grant value is $2,000. Total grant pool is $20,000.

Find out more.

Tasmanian Government Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer Asexual + (LGBTIQA+) Grants Program 2024 – closes 22 March

Grants provided through the Program will assist community organisations, tertiary institutions and Local Government to:

  • increase the number of Tasmanians who are accepting of diversity;
  • improve resilience and capacity in the LGBTIQA+ community;
  • foster inclusion, respect and dignity for LGBTIQA+ Tasmanians; and
  • enhance access to services and increase participation for LGBTIQA+ Tasmanians.

Maximum grant value is $5,000.

Find out more.

Pride Foundation Australia Small Grants Program Round – next round closes 15 April

The Small Grants program supports projects proposed by individuals and or organisations and or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

INDIVIDUALS: An application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the project, LGBTQIA+ community members will:

  • be more connected to each other and to their community
  • have improved skills and knowledge
  • have enhanced wellbeing and resilience
  • participate more fully in their community

ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY: An application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the projects, the organisation will:

  • be better able to recruit and retain volunteers and members
  • work better with the community and/or other organisations
  • improve the skills and knowledge of volunteers/members
  • develop resources it needs to undertake its work
  • The planned activity must involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ members and promote positive social outcomes in our community.

The maximum grant value is $1000.

Find out more.

General Grant Program 2023/24 (Northern Territory Office of Gender Equity and Diversity) – closes 31 May

Funding is available to eligible individuals, organisations or community groups for a project, service or activity that promotes gender equality in the Northern Territory. If you would like to undertake a project, service or activity which addresses intersectional gender-based inequalities you can apply for a general grant.

Maximum grant value is $5,000.

Find out more.

Make sure you check out the official Mardi Gras website to learn more about how you can support a more diverse and inclusive community.

These opportunities were sourced by our Grants Expertise Management System (GEMS) – find out more!