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LGBTI Community Grants Program 2016-17

Grant recipients announced

The Minister for Equality Martin Foley MP has announced grant recipients in the first round of the LGBTI Community Grants Program. See the Minister’s media release.

The funding will assist LGBTI community organisations build capacity through organisational development, and develop leadership and management skills of current and future LGBTI leaders. There will be 38 grant recipients in the 2016-17 round across two streams: 27 LGBTI community organisations and groups; and 11 current and future leaders.

The Government recognises the strong history and vibrancy of Victoria’s LGBTI communities, and has committed $4 million over four years for the LGBTI Community Grants Program. This investment into strengthening organisations, groups and leaders shows the government’s commitment to supporting a stronger, more sustainable LGBTI community sector into the future.

See the full list of 2016-17 grant recipients.

If you are interested in applying to future rounds of the LGBTI Community Grants Program, please provide your details via the button below, and we will contact you with further information as it becomes available.

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What is the LGBTI Community Grants Program?

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting LGBTI communities in Victoria, and to strengthening the organisations, groups and individuals within the LGBTI community and volunteer sector. This sector plays a key role in improving the lives of LGBTI Victorians, and assisting the Victorian Government to deliver its equality agenda.

The LGBTI Community Grants Program has been established to foster the further development of a sustainable and skilled LGBTI community and volunteer sector in Victoria. The Grants Program is designed to:

  • give LGBTI community organisations and groups the financial resources needed to build capacity by investing in organisational development
  • fund activities to develop the leadership and management skills of current and future LGBTI community leaders.

Groups, organisations and individuals that work across diversities within LGBTI communities are particularly encouraged to apply. These diversities include (but are not limited to): Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, culturally diverse and multi-faith communities, those with lived experience of disability, those living in rural and regional areas, youth and seniors.

Program Objectives

The LGBTI Community Grants Program aims to achieve the following:

  • strengthen and build the capacity of the LGBTI community and volunteer sector in Victoria, leading to sustainable and skilled organisations and groups that can provide better quality services to, and advocacy for, LGBTI Victorians
  • provide emerging and established LGBTI community and volunteer organisations with the financial resources needed to invest in organisational development
  • support the development of leadership and management skills for current and emerging community leaders to foster a stronger future LGBTI community and volunteer sector in Victoria
  • improve the LGBTI community and volunteer sector’s ability to advise the Victorian Government on the development of public policy to improve the lives of LGBTI Victorians.

Priority will be given to applications from individuals, groups or organisations that work exclusively with LGBTI communities over organisations that work with LGBTI communities as one part of the services they offer (for example, a mainstream service provider that has a program working with LGBTI communities).

While priority will be given to these applications, this will not exclude applications that meet significant areas of need or address intersectionalities between LGBTI communities and other diverse communities.

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