Grants available for LGBTIQA+ organisations in Gippsland

Gippsland Pride Initiative at February's Gippsland Pride Festival.Photo: Katrina Brandon

THE state government is calling for organisations and groups that support Victoria’s LGBTIQA+ communities to apply for grants that will help them strengthen their work and grow.

One of last year’s grant recipients was Gippsland Pride Initiative.

Minister for Equality and Morwell MP, Harriet Shing opened applications for LGBTIQA+ Organisational Development Grants last Friday.

Applications are open until April 30.

The annual grants program established by the state government in 2016 helps organisations and groups grow their capacity to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) communities across Victoria.

Recipients are supported to run a range of activities including training and mentoring for staff and volunteers, expanding their work into regional Victoria, and plan for the future of their organisations.

Established groups and those with demonstrated experience in serving LGBTIQA+ communities can apply for grants of up to $40,000, while newer organisations or those with limited experience can apply for grants of up to $20,000.

Applications are particularly encouraged from groups that support engagement with diverse LGBTIQA+ communities, including regional and rural communities across Victoria.

“We’re strengthening the community-led LGBTIQA+ sector with grants that help organisations and groups build safe, supported and inclusive communities in Victoria,” Ms Shing said.

“In Victoria, equality is not negotiable. These grants will provide vital support to organisations and groups that contribute to the economic and social inclusion needs of LGBTIQA+ communities being met across the state now and well into the future.

“I encourage all eligible organisations keen to see their LGBTIQA+ communities thrive to apply for these grants.”

Strengthening the LGBTIQA+ sector through grants programs is part of the government’s efforts to drive equality in Victoria, aligned with the Pride in our Future: Victoria’s LGBTIQA+ strategy 2022-32.

The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council received a grant in 2023 to engage a consultant to assist with organisational development activities, to help them continue their work in supporting the LGBTIQA+ multicultural and faith communities in Victoria.

The Gippsland Pride Initiative also received a grant for infrastructure to improve the support, representation and advocacy they provide for LGBTIQA+ communities across Gippsland.

Since 2016, the program has helped more than 100 LGBTIQA+ organisations to further develop their operations and expertise.

For information and to apply, visit