THE state government is supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians with funding for events throughout the state.

Minister for Equality Harriet Shing last week opened grants for events and festivals that connect LGBTIQ+ communities, celebrate diversity, build resilience, and promote inclusion.

“We’re supporting LGBTIQ+ pride across Victoria – funding events and festivals throughout the state that drive equality, connection, recognition, and celebration of our diverse communities,” Ms Shing said.

“Celebrating LGBTIQ+ lives is as important as ever. I encourage organisations that are planning events that promote rainbow arts and culture, raise visibility or combat discrimination to apply for a grant.”

The government said it is investing $220,000 into this year’s Pride Events and Festivals Fund.

LGBTIQ+ organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for the planning and delivery of events that promote queer arts and culture, celebrate the diversity in rainbow communities and raise awareness to combat discrimination.

The fund is underpinned by a commitment to inclusivity, ensuring all activities are welcoming and accessible to all communities, including LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those based in regional and rural areas.

Previous recipients include the Gippsland Pride Initiative, who used funding of $10,000 to deliver a regional Pride Gala earlier this year, and the Australian Queer Archives who received $7000 in 2021 to support a series of online workshops about Australian LGBTIQ+ history for Victorian youth groups.

Applications are open until Wednesday, August 28 2022. For further information and to apply visit: vic.gov.au/pride-events-and-festivals-fund.