Revitalising the LGBTIQ+ Sector Fund

Up to $50,000 is available for LGBTIQ+ organisations and businesses to support recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19).

$30,000 - $50,000
Not-for-profit groups, businesses

The Revitalising the LGBTIQ+ Sector Fund will help drive the LGBTIQ+ sector’s economic recovery by:

  • backing LGBTIQ+ organisations and businesses
  • supporting LGBTIQ+ Victorians back to work
  • investing in our vibrant LGBTIQ+ communities and services

Eligible organisations and businesses can apply for grants of between $30,000 and $50,000 to deliver services to LGBTIQ+ communities, including staffing and training and development activities.

Community information sessions

Community information sessions with officers from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will take place at the following times:

  • 10am-11am, Tuesday 16 February 2021
  • 1pm-2pm, Thursday 18 February 2021
  • 5.30pom-6.30pm, Monday 22 February 2021

Register for an information session

Previous community information session

Community information session recording

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A copy of the presentation used during this information session is available here:


  • Funding is only available to organisations based in Victoria who provide targeted services specifically for LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

    To be eligible for support, all applicants must:

    • hold a valid Australian Business Number (ABN), and have held that ABN since 1 March 2020
    • have been delivering service activities to and with Victorian LGBTIQ+ communities since before 1 March 2020
    • have appropriate levels of Public Liability Insurance to cover all aspects of the services delivered through the grant funding
    • not have any overdue deliverables from other grants provided by the Victorian Government
  • LGBTIQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, Intersex and Queer and 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.

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

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

    • 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

    An organisation or business may be considered small, medium or large in terms of operations and/or revenue.

  • Funding may be used to meet the following project costs from April 2021 until 15 December 2021:

    • salaries to sustain staffing levels to continue delivery of services to LGBTIQ+ communities
    • salaries to employ new staff to build organisational capability and increase service delivery levels to LGBTIQ+ communities where service demand has increased due to COVID-19
    • training and development activities for new and existing staff to increase job-ready skills
    • operational, non-discretionary and fixed business costs (e.g. rent, insurance, utilities)
    • activities to support adaptation to new COVID-safe requirements
  • Funding cannot be used for the following:

    • building or building restoration work
    • capital equipment that the project does not require for its ongoing life
    • interstate and international travel
    • retrospective funding for projects or programs that have already started or are completed
    • activities taking place outside of Victoria
    • activities occurring outside of the funding period of April – 15 December 2021
    • organisations that have failed to complete projects previously funded by the Victorian Government, without demonstrating sufficient cause
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your organisation or business financially and how have you sought to remain financially viable? (30%)


    • the financial impact of the pandemic on your organisation or business
    • the impact of the pandemic on staffing your organisation, including how you sought to retain staffing
    • the ways you responded to financial pressures, which may include minimising expenditure, managing cost pressures, accessing alternative sources of funding (external/internal) and accessing credit.

    What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTIQ+ communities you serve through your organisation or business and, if relevant, how has your business or organisation responded to these changing needs? (30%)


    • the ways that the needs of the communities you serve have changed because of the pandemic
    • the impact of the pandemic on people accessing the activities you deliver
    • the ways you have adapted to respond to these changing needs
    • the current limitations you experience to servicing these needs, including staffing skills and capabilities to deliver the service

    Q. Describe in detail the services and/or activities your organisation or business will continue or commence delivering to LGBTIQ+ communities through this grant funding. (40%)


    • the activities or services you will continue to deliver or commence delivering
    • the number of staff who will benefit from this funding, including for training and development
    • the number of community members who will benefit from these activities and services
    • the impact these activities will have for LGBTIQ+ communities
  • Step 1: Read the Guidelines to ensure your organisation and project are eligible.

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

    Step 3: Attend one of the scheduled online community information sessions, or if unable to attend check on this page for the presentation slides and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

    Step 4: Discuss your application by emailing and requesting a call back.

    Step 5: Submit your application by 11.59pm Monday 15 March 2021 via the online grant application portal.

  • All applications are 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 above assessment questions.

    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
    • no more than 50% of funding will be available to creative industries

    After assessment has concluded, program staff consolidate panel recommendations and comments to develop a final list of 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 at this time if requested.

  • Auspice arrangements are not available to applicants of the Revitalising the LGBTIQ+ Sector Fund.

  • The following conditions will apply to projects that receive a grant:

    • 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 project must commence by April 2021 and be completed by 15 December 2021
    • funds must be spent on the project as described in the Funding Agreement and any unspent funds must be returned to the Department upon request
    • any variation to the approved project must be submitted to the Department for approval prior to implementation
    • the grant recipient has an appropriate level of Public Liability Coverage
    • requirement 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 (for applicable projects)
    • from 1 July 2019, where funding will support the care, education, services or activities for children (under 18 years), it is a whole of government requirement that the applicant is:
      • a separate legal entity that can be sued in its own right in child abuse proceedings; and
      • appropriately insured against child abuse

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

Reviewed 28 April 2021

Contact us

Equality Unit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing