LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2021

Up to $50,000 in support for LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups seeking to build their capacity and strengthen their long-term viability.

$1 - $50,000
Not-for-profit groups

The LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants 2021 strengthen Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ communities, by supporting LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups to grow their crucial work.

Eligible organisations and groups were invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to:

  • build their capacity, including through staff training and development opportunities
  • better serve diverse LGBTIQ+ communities across Victoria
  • fortify their long-term viability by planning for the future

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  • To be eligible for funding, your organisation or group must be either:

    • a community, not-for-profit or peak community body based in Victoria that is an incorporated legal entity under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2001 (Vic), or a similar type of organisation
    • a social enterprise with a clearly stated purpose or mission related specifically to supporting LGBTIQ+ communities.

    And you must:

    • be operating for and across the LGBTIQ+ sector or communities (definition above)
    • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN), or an auspice with a current ABN
    • have an appropriate level of Public Liability Insurance to cover all aspects of the Program, or an auspice arrangement with this insurance cover
    • not have any overdue deliverables from other grants provided by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

    Larger and more established LGBTIQ+ organisations are eligible to apply, acknowledging that they play a vital role in supporting other organisations as they grow and mature. Larger organisations may choose to support smaller organisations by taking on the role of auspice and/or partner. 

    If your organisation or group does not meet the requirements above, please refer to the section 'Can I have an auspice arrangement?'

    Note: Applicants who have overdue or outstanding accountability reports for other grant programs funded through the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing are not eligible to receive funding through this program.

    To check if you are up-to-date with your contracted reporting requirements, email

  • LGBTIQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer. It is an inclusive umbrella abbreviation to encompass a range of diverse sexualities, genders and sex characteristics. People may identify with more than one of these terms.

    While LGBTIQ+ communities often work together, they are different communities with distinct experiences, needs and priorities.

    In preparation of your application, it may be helpful to review and consider the Victorian Government LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Language Guide to ensure the activities, services and spaces you provide are safe, affirming and welcoming for LGBTIQ+ Victorians. 

    Note: Applicants are advised that their organisation, group, activity or event may target all LGBTIQ+ communities, several communities, or an individual community.

  • The LGBTIQ+ sector encompasses a broad range of organisations, groups and businesses. An LGBTIQ+ organisation or group:

    • provides services to LGBTIQ+ communities which may be paid or unpaid and may include health, wellbeing, entertainment, arts and culture services
    • services one or multiple LGBTIQ+ communities
    • has a clear and evidenced purpose to provide a service for LGBTIQ+ people.

    Note: An organisation or group may be considered small, medium or large in terms of operations and/or revenue. They may be at different stages of their management, governance, maturity, program and service delivery.

  • A non-exhaustive list of the types of activities that will be funded through these grants includes:

    • development of strategic, business, marketing and fundraising plans
    • development and delivery of engagement plans across intersectional LGBTIQ+ communities
    • investment into diversification of revenue streams to increase business growth
    • development and/or delivery of regional and rural engagement plans and strategies (including online delivery)
    • advice from consultants or subject matter experts (such as legal, business, financial or fundraising)
    • creating or strengthening partnerships and/or working collectively to leverage resources and opportunities with other organisations
    • training and development of staff, volunteers and board members that will directly benefit the organisation and improve institutional knowledge. This may include organisational planning, policy review, governance, leadership and management, financial management, fundraising or philanthropy, volunteer management, marketing, social media, website development or effective advertising
    • activities relating to sustainable succession planning, skills development or institutional knowledge management
    • purchasing of office equipment and infrastructure including items such as computers and software
    • support for an organisation or group to apply for and obtain incorporation and/or charitable status
    • attendance at conferences and training in Victoria that provides direct and clear benefits to the organisation or group and/or the communities they engage
    • auspice fees (no more than 10% of the total funding request).

    Note: You may request reasonable administrative and project management costs for work directly associated with implementing your proposed activities. This is capped at 50% of total funding request. These costs are not intended to fund operational or program staff costs for business-as-usual duties.

  • The following activities will not be funded through this grant round:

    • competitions, commercial (for-profit) or direct fundraising activities or events
    • activities or costs that have already been funded by other Victorian Government programs
    • direct lobbying or activities that promote or are held for party political purpose
    • personal living expenses
    • expenses not related to the activity outlined in application
    • permanent or contracted staff positions or administrative costs for business-as-usual activities
    • external facing initiatives
    • purchase or lease of buildings or land
    • festivals and related costs such as venue hire, travel or catering
    • activities conducted outside of Victoria
    • Rainbow Tick accreditation or LGBTIQ+ competency activities
    • travel costs (regional and rural applicants may receive a limited exemption)
    • overseas and interstate conferences, training or study tours
    • Honours or Masters degrees, or courses that can be funded through a HECs/FEE-HELP scheme
    • advertising or marketing campaigns relating to activities, initiatives or events not funded through these grants
    • retrospective funding for activities that have already started or have been completed.
  • To ensure a fair and equitable process, no applications will be accepted after the closing date.

    Step 1: Read the guidelines to ensure your organisation and proposed activities are eligible.

    Step 2: Consider the assessment criteria in terms of your project.

    Step 3: Discuss your application by emailing and requesting a call back.

    Step 4: Attend an online information session to find out more and ask questions.

    Step 5: Submit your application by 11.59pm, Wednesday 14 April 2021 via the online grant application portal

    Submit your application online

  • Selection criteria 1: What does your LGBTIQ+ organisation or group do?

    Words: 100 

    Weighting: 5%

    Please include:

    • a concise description of your organisation or group, including your primary purpose or goals
    • a clear outline of how LGBTIQ+ communities in Victoria benefit from your services, operations and/or spaces.

    Selection criteria 2: What organisational and/or community needs or gap have been identified?

    Words: 400

    Weighting: 20%

    Please include:

    • organisational constraints that limit your ability to grow or meet your identified purpose or engagement with Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities
    • the communities and people that will benefit most from the proposed organisational development

    Selection criteria 3: What are you going to do?

    Words: 500

    Weighting: 30%

    Please provide a detailed action plan that clearly outlines the proposed activities by describing:

    • the activities will be undertaken
    • the proposed timelines for the activities within the grant period
    • readiness to proceed with the activities and that the funded activity is achievable.
    • In addition, you will be required to complete a budget table that shows clear cost estimates that represent value for money.

    Selection criteria 4: Who is involved?

    Words: 300

    Weighting: 5%

    Please outline who will be involved, the role they will play and the skills they will bring including:

    • any primary coordinators, and specific individuals responsible for distinct tasks
    • demonstrated success to engage personnel who have delivered previous or similar activities
    • any partner organisations, members of LGBTIQ+ communities in Victoria, members or volunteers and their roles
    • any external provider organisations and their roles.

    Selection criteria 5: What will the proposed activities achieve?

    Words: 600

    Weighting: 35%

    Please demonstrate:

    • alignment of the activities with the funding program objectives (above) and the strategic direction of your community organisation or group
    • the extent to which the proposed activity addresses the identified need or needs
    • the extent to which the activities will build the capacity of the LGBTIQ+ organisation or group

    Selection criteria 6: How will you measure success?

    Words: 300

    Weighting: 5%

    Please describe the methods that will be used to measure whether the activities:

    • have been successful and met the objectives of this program
    • have increased the applicant’s ability to achieve their core goal or purpose amongst LGBTIQ+ communities.
  • All applications need to be submitted online, unless a prior arrangement has been agreed with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

    Each application will be scored against the assessment criteria outlined above.

    Eligible applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives from the Department of Families Fairness and Housing, the Office of the Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities and other relevant Victorian Government representatives.

    Additional considerations during assessment will include:

    • at least 30% of successful applicants will be based in rural and regional Victoria
    • a clear and demonstrated commitment to engaging with Victoria’s diverse and intersectional LGBTIQ+ communities.

    After your application is assessed, program staff will consolidate panel recommendations for approval by the Minister for Equality. The decision of the Minister for Equality is final.

    All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email. Feedback will be provided to applicants upon request.

  • If your organisation does not meet the requirements outlined above, you may nominate an auspice organisation which meets the above criteria to apply for a grant on your behalf.

    Any legally constituted body may act as an auspice. If the application is successful, the auspice organisation will receive funds and will be responsible for oversight of the project, including reporting and acquittal of funds.

    If you are planning on having your grant managed by an auspice organisation:

    • ensure your application is submitted by that auspice body on your behalf
    • any associated auspice fees are presented in your budget (maximum of 10% and included within the maximum request of $50,000 per application).
  • Partnership applications are encouraged. Several small organisations or groups may collaborate to submit a single partnership application. These applications should demonstrate strong value for money, achieve wide benefit and meet an identified needs gap for all beneficiaries.

    For example, if there are several applicants that have similar development needs (e.g. board governance training or grant writing workshops), these organisations may submit a partnership application that enables them to coordinate and access the same resources or training as a larger group. One organisation will need to submit on behalf of the partnership and nominate the primary contact person coordinating the partnership and application.

    Partnerships are still subject to a maximum request of $50,000 per application.

  • The following conditions will apply to all successful applicants to the LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants:

    • the grant recipient must enter into a Funding Agreement with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing which will set out the conditions, reporting requirements and contractual targets of the funding
    • the funded activity must commence by June 2021 and be completed by 30 May 2022
    • funds must be spent on the project as described in the Funding Agreement
    • any unspent funds must be returned to the Department
    • any variation to the approved project must be submitted to the Department for approval prior to implementation
    • the grant recipient must have an appropriate level of Public Liability Coverage
    • where relevant, organisations are required to arrange Working with Children checks on staff and people aged 18 and over who come into regular, direct and unsupervised contact with young people
    • from 1 July 2019, where funding will support the care, education, services or activities for children (under 18 years), it is a requirement that the applicant is:
      • a separate legal entity that can be sued in its own right in child abuse proceedings
      • appropriately insured against child abuse.

    This requirement will improve the ability of child abuse survivors to bring a legal claim for compensation and ensure that successful claims can be paid.

Reviewed 16 June 2021

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Equality Unit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

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