tag spotlight: grants // 2 nov 2018

Every week we’re going to profile a tag on indeqx, explain where it fits in our directory, and profile the amazing groups doing big things in each of these classifications.

This week, let’s talk about…



There are many organisations listed here on indeqx whose sole purpose is to raise money to distribute to other groups through grants. Many not-for-profits either don’t qualify for government funding, don’t suit corporate sponsorship or are limited in their own abilities to fundraise, so having other opportunities to be able to build meaningful projects is really important.

Grants programs are different at every organisation – some are project-based while others will provide ongoing funding to groups for their daily operations. Some are restricted to events, by location or theme, but generally there are funding opportunities for any meaningful idea, and by supporting those organisations that do the fundraising is imperative to the continued success of these programs.

Here’s a list of all organisations offering grants or funding assistance in the LGBTIQA+ space. All groups have different eligibility criteria so make sure to read more about them:


For five years, ACON has supported up to 10 groups and organisations each year in NSW for IDAHOBIT through the provision of a small grants scheme that aims to focus attention on the impact that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia has on the health and wellbeing of LGBTI families.

ACON grant applications are open in March every year for events that run during May to celebrate IDAHOBIT.

the aurora group

Since Aurora’s beginnings in 1999, they have proudly supported organisations around NSW with over $900,000 in funding to carry out projects that support the community, from youth outreach to legal support, education to counselling and creative projects.

Grants range up to $7,500 per project.

The Aurora Group grant applications are open in October every year for projects taking place within the next year.

black rainbow

Black Rainbow are currently offering community micro-grants to self-identifying LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. These micro-grants are to the value of $300 and include $200 to assist with hosting Indigenous LGBQTI community events.

Black Rainbow grant applications are open continuously throughout the year.

the channel

The Channel is a Giving Circle. Members join, make a monthly or annual donation, learn about challenges and opportunities faced by LGBTIQ+ communities, vote on community projects they want to support with grants from the pooled donations, and see the positive social change they have achieved collectively.

The Channel run three grants rounds per year. Check out their website for more information.


The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide funds for charitable activities/organisations which have as their sole or chief purpose/outcome, the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities, in Australia.

GALFA run grants grounds periodically throughout the year. Check out their website for more information.

hey grants

The HEY Grants support organisations (both specialist LGBTIQ+ and mainstream youth organisations) to undertake mental health promotion and community engagement activities which focus on LGBTIQ+ young people, aged between 14 and 25 years.

Hey Grants applications are open in July every year for projects taking place within the next year.

lesbians incorporated

Lesbian Inc is a not-for-profit organisation in Australia that advocates for lesbians. Since 2000, Lesbian Inc has provided financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia through its community grants scheme amounting to over $170,000.

LInc grants are up to $1,000 per project.

LInc run three grants rounds per year. Check out their website for more information.

parkstone foundation

The Parkestone Foundation was initially constituted as an Association in 1982 following a generous bequest by an Adelaide gay man, Peter Nation which enabled the establishment of a Trust Fund. The Foundation is managed by a committee of honorary Trustees who ensure that the Trust Fund is used for its intended purpose which is to support LGBTIQA+ community projects consistent with its objectives. Since it’s inception, the Foundation has allocated over $40,000 to support community projects in South Australia.

Parkstone Foundation grants are up to $1,000. 

Parkstone Foundation grants are open during May and June every year, and the closing date for applications is the second Friday in July.

the pollys club

The mission of the Pollys Club is to raise money for charity, which is done by organising GLBTIQ+ themed dances, which are safe, all-inclusive, cost effective and fabulous fun.

Each Pollys dance is dedicated to between one and three charities and donation recipients are invited to attend the dance to promote what they do.

Applications for the Pollys Club grants can be submitted at monthly members meetings. Check out their website for more information.

There are also many local councils that offer community grants or matched funding, so make sure to check their websites as well for other funding opportunities for your amazing future projects!

have we missed something?

If you run or know of an organisation that isn’t listed above, please email [email protected] so we can add it to our queer directory.

mack ebelt

mack ebelt

co-executive director // indeqx group


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