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The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) raises and distributes funds for activities that benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) people, and allied communities, in Australia. GALFA is Australia’s peak LGBTIQ philanthropic organisation.

In 2017,  GALFA's Small Grants Program is offering $4,000 to be allocated to a maximum of 8 x $500 small grants (or a greater number of grants less than $500 may be made). The grants available include:

  • 4 x $500 grants to be allocated in response to a public call for applications, and
  • 4 x $500 grants (or up to $500) to be set aside for quick response grants in response to ad hoc applications (out of time).

This small grants program aims to support LGBTIQ individuals and/or organisations and communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. It is intended directly or indirectly to assist, involve and benefit LGBTIQ members and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

Issues of LGBTIQ discrimination, disadvantage and need are little-addressed by other philanthropic organisations. With individual contributions and co-funding from like-minded organisations, GALFA supports underfunded and important LGBTIQ projects that make a difference in our community.

Please note, funds are not available for for-profit organisations. GALFA only funds projects benefiting LGBTIQ people in Australia. 

GALFA will invest in projects that benefit either LGBTIQ individuals or strengthen LGBTIQ organisational capacity:

Individuals – at least one of the following intended outcomes

LGBTIQ community members will:

  • be more connected to each other and to their community
  • have improved skills and knowledge
  • have enhanced wellbeing and resilience
  • participate more fully in their community

Organisational capacity – at least one of the following intended outcomes

LGBTIQ organisation will:

  • be better able to recruit and retain volunteers and members
  • work better with the community and/or other organisations
  • improve the skills and knowledge of volunteers/members
  • develop resources it needs to undertake its work.

The planned activity must involve and benefit LGBTIQ members and promote positive social outcomes in our community.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a permanent resident or community group, operating in Australia.
  • Applicants need only be a group of people with a common interest.

It is preferred that individuals / groups apply through an Auspice organisation, but it is not a necessary requirement.

Eligible activities

Examples include but are not limited to funds towards:

  • Hall rental for meetings or social events
  • Advertising and marketing costs for events
  • Speaker’s fees
  • Artists fees
  • Travel and accommodation costs to attend conferences
  • Website maintenance costs
  • Website hosting fees
  • Catering costs for community events

Contact: [email protected] 

More information and to apply

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