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Pride Foundation Australia 2023 Small Grants Program


Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) runs a Small Grants Program throughout the year that supports projects proposed by individuals, organisations and/or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

The project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community. Applications that are particularly creative and innovative, and those that are put forward by individuals, organisations and/or communities that have not received small grant funding in the previous two years are encouraged. Additionally, projects that work as partnerships between individuals and organisations are regarded as favourable.

Applications can be up to the value of $1,000.

Before you apply, read the guidelines below or download here.


Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) is a national philanthropic foundation specifically focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTQIA+) community issues in Australia.

The Foundation advocates for systemic change to advance LGBTQIA+ equity and inclusion and provides direct support to affected communities/individuals. PFA raises awareness of LGBTQIA+ disadvantage and works to increase philanthropic support for the Australian LGBTQIA+ and allied communities through fundraising, grant giving, collaboration and commissioning projects.



Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident, or a community group that is 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
  • Applications for funding beyond $1,000 will not be considered


Eligible activities


Examples include but are not limited to funds towards:

  • Venue rental for meetings or social events
  • Advertising and marketing costs for events
  • Speaker fees
  • Artist fees
  • Website maintenance costs
  • Website hosting fees
  • Catering costs for community events




The following are ineligible for funding:

  • Projects that do not benefit the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Projects that have commenced or been completed
  • Projects that are not based in Australia
  • Projects that are considered core business of an organisation
  • Funding for individual travel expenses
  • Costs of organising and running competitions, prizes, awards, or fundraising events (for example, judge expenses, administration and infrastructure costs)
  • Projects managed by grantees who have not acquitted previous grants from Pride Foundation Australia
  • Grantees that received a PFA small grant in the previous 2 years
  • Limited and Propriety Limited companies which are for-profit organisations




  • If a referee can be contacted in support of the individual or the project, the referee’s comments will be considered.

Funding considerations

In relation to projects that benefit either LGBTQIA+ individuals, organisational capacity or communities, please ensure that your application considers the following:




An application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the project, LGBTQIA+ 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


Additionally, PFA will consider the following:

  • Will the project provide merit and meaningful skills development, leadership development or social outcomes for the individual?
  • Will the project have adequate resources and support and is well planned?
  • Does the budget add up and has the applicant made a contribution or sourced money or inkind support from other organisations or people?
  • Will the project encourage future projects in the community?


Organisational capacity


An application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the projects, the 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




An application needs to consider the following for the LGBTQIA+ community and its members:

  • Will the project provide merit and meaningful skills development, community development and social outcomes.
  • Do the community members and/or facilitators have cultural development skills appropriate to the project?
  • Will the project have adequate resources and support and is well planned?
  • Is the community involved in the planning and management of the project and will they be involved as participants when the project begins?
  • Will the project encourage future projects and/or events in the community?


How to apply

Expression of interests must be submitted via Australian Communities Foundation’s grants portal here (access code: PFASGP2023). Please register for the Australian Communities Foundation Grants Portal. If you already have an account through Australian Communities Foundation, please use your existing username and password. Make sure to note your username and password as you will be able to save and continue the form at a later date.

Please note: All applications must be submitted in full by 5pm on the closing date of each round. Any incomplete applications or applications received after 5pm will fall into the next grant program.

Processes and timeframes

Expressions of interests (EOIs) are open all year round with particular cut-off dates throughout the year for assessment purposes. If an EOI is received after the cut-off date, they are assessed in the next round.

  • First round closes on 5pm AEDT on Monday, 27 March 2023
  • Second round closes on 5pm AEST on Monday, 17 July 2023
  • Third round closes on 5pm AEST on Monday, 20 November 2023

Need help?

If you have any questions in relation to the grant guidelines or require technical assistance with the application process, please contact Charlene Yum (Grants Manager, Australian Communities Foundation) on 03 9412 0412 or email Australian Communities Foundation’s office hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.