Introducing our Small Grants Recipients for Round 3 2020

We’re proud to announce the recipients of our SMF Grants round for December 2020. Read below to find out about the organisations and communities that were awarded this round, and what their grant money is funding.

1st Caroline Springs Scout Group

The 1st Caroline Springs Scout Group is a family focussed Scout Group with programs full of fun, friendship, new skills and adventure. This grant is funding a Sexuality & Gender Workshop run in partnership with Minus 18.

Dapto High School

Dapto High School is a government-funded co-educational comprehensive secondary day school, located in Dapto, a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The funding received from this grant will go towards painting a rainbow staircase in support of the LGBTQIA+ community at their school.

headspace Bathurst

headspace Bathurst is a youth-friendly, free service for anyone aged between 12 and 25 years who would just like to improve their health and wellbeing. Their grant money will go towards purchasing equipment and decorations for Bathhurst’s Inaugural LGBTQIA+ Drag Night, an event for 15-25 y/os in an area with no other LGBTQIA+ events.

Cultural Diversity Network Inc

Cultural Diversity Network Inc help migrants and refugees achieve a sense of belonging, independence and purpose through education, work, and social connection. Their grant will fund an educational webinar on pre-flight experiences of LGBTQIA+ refugees, raising awareness of mental health issues facing LGBTQIA+ refugees.

New Norfolk High School

New Norfolk High School is a coeducational Years 7- 12 school in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. This grant will be going towards NNHS’ LGBTIQA+ Diversity Club, with a focus on student voice, aiming for student support.

James Seow

James Seow has received grant funding to support part of his course fee to Equality Project’s “Be the change: Transformative leadership training” program. The result of this training will enable James to assist LGBTIQ minority groups voluntarily.

Pictured: 1st Caroline Springs Scout Group Pride March


Susan Ditter Retires From PFA

We are very sad to announce that Susan Ditter is retiring from our Board. Susan joined us in 2016 as our Tasmanian Board member. At that time she was the Executive Officer of Working It Out and also chaired the Board of the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

When she joined us she said ‘I am committed to finding a united approach to the work I do, working with others to find that point of unity and to do that respectfully’, and she certainly brought that philosophy to the table. She worked closely with Catherine Fitzgerald on the small grants selection committee, and spearheaded our new grant focus on culture and the arts (see our forthcoming announcement on that grant round).

We will miss her and want to thank her sincerely for all of her work with us, and wish her well in the future


Red Parka donates to the Pride Foundation

Red Parka is a hub for contemporary and original art and design in Hobart selling original art prints, children’s books, cards and homewares, and founded and created by Jennifer Cossins.  Yay Gay is the idea of Jen, and her partner in life, love and creativity, Tracy.

“We wanted to do something to both celebrate and support the LGBTQI community, looking positively towards the future after the challenges of 2017 and the marriage equality campaign. Yay Gay is our shout out to the world – we are gay, we are happy and we are free to be ourselves. And so are you!!

However, we know from first-hand experience that it’s not always easy to be yourself in this world. And many of our LGBTQI brothers and sisters have faced, and continue to face, greater challenges than we ever have. We wanted to do something positive, to use the platform we have here with Red Parka to help.

So to this end, we decided to donate 25% of the sale price of each Yay Gay product to organisations that support the LGBTQI community, both here in Australia and in other countries where many of our community still struggle for recognition and even survival. 

We hope that our products themselves will spread joy, while the money we raise will help support vital programs around the world.

Every six months we look for organisations that best reflect our values and those who have a connection to what we find important.  Through our research we found that Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) clearly explained how they operate and the kind of projects they support. This made it an easy decision for us.  The focus of their work and the fact that it is a national organisation ticked all the boxes for us.  

We can donate with confidence to PFA knowing they have done their homework and have the expertise to support projects which really make a difference to LGBTQAI Australians and their families while we get on with our work creating and developing our business Red Parka and our project YAY GAY!  

We are always happy to promote the work of PFA and the projects they fund to help build greater awareness in Tasmania of this great organisation.”


PFA + Sidney Myer Fund Grant Recipient: Refugee Advice & Casework Service

The recipient of the Sidney Myer Fund and Pride Foundation Australia grant for $20,000 is Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

In collaboration with the St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS), RACS will deliver two national training sessions for legal services, exploring best practice for working with persons that identify as LGBTIQA+ and make claims for protection due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, or where their LGBTIQA+ status makes them additionally vulnerable.


Meet PFA’s Latest Major Grant Recipient:Forcibly Displaced People Network

We’re proud to announce that Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN) has been awarded our PFA Grant of $20,000 to produce training resources regarding inclusive practice for Australian settlement services seeing LGBTIQA+ refugees and people seeking asylum.

Intersectionality will be embedded throughout the module focusing not only on the refugee experiences and LGBTIQ+ identity but also being inclusive of age, disability and gender identity (to match the commitments of the Global Compact on Refugees, a key document of response to the needs of forcibly displaced people calling for mainstreaming age, gender, diversity and disability integrated response).

The module will work to address attitudes, knowledge and skills on the topic as well as building an organisational and staff capacity to respond to the needs of LGBTIQ+ people who’ve been forcibly displaced.


Our EOFY Fundraiser Success

The tallies are finally in from our EOFY fundraiser and… thank you SO MUCH for your donations! Through your generosity, we have raised $25,576.08 to be put towards grants that support LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers and refugees in Australia in 2020 and 2021.

We are blown away with the amount of support we’ve received over the last 6 weeks of our EOFY Fundraiser. We look forward to continuing our support of Australia’s most disadvantaged in the queer community.


Congratulations to our Round 2 Small Grants Recipients for 2020

Four times each year, Pride Foundation Australia offers up to $500 in funding to five individuals, organisations and communities working on projects that directly benefit the LGBTIQA+ community, who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients for our second round of Small Grants in 2020!

Ethnic LGBT+

Ethnic LGBT+ exists to provide a safe place for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQ+ individuals to share their stories and to feel supported. Towards expenses to organise QLD’s first family focused creative festival for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and LGBTIQA+ (Rainbow) community and its allies.

Abbie Pobjoy

Abbie Pobjoy, also known as AP, is a writer, director and documentary-maker from Melbourne, Australia.With a strong sense to unleash the female and queer experience on screen, Abbie’s work focusses on interior lives from outnumbered perspectives.

Will help to cover the Victorian Film Fund application fee towards a documentary about lesbian couple Phyliss and Francesca who started Daughters of Bilits/ALM.

Central West Transgender and Gender Diversity Group

Western Paddlers NSW and Central West Transgender and Gender Diversity Group hold a paddle for the LGBTIQ+ community, on the Macquarie River in Dubbo, as a fun way for the LGBTIQ+ community to get together and connect. This grant will go towards funding their BBQ and custom pride hats.

Queer Indonesia Archive (QIA)

The Queer Indonesia Archive (QIA) is a digital archiving project committed to the collection, preservation and celebration of material reflecting the lives and experiences of queer Indonesia. The project is volunteer run, community focused and non-profit. To go towards website hosting and design consultation.

Apollo Parkways Pre-School

Apollo Parkways Pre-School is a parent-run, community-based service that provides sessional kindergarten programs for both 3 year old and 4 year old groups. Their grant fund will be used to provide access to a Proud Pride Library to their pre-schoolers.

Pictured: 1st Caroline Springs Scout Group Pride March


LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice Guide for Homelessness and Housing Sectors in Australia Now Online

At Pride Foundation Australia, we’re so proud to announce the release of the LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Practice Guide for Homelessness and Housing Sectors in Australia. Co-funded by PFA and the National LGBTI Health Alliance, this is a national guide on LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice for the housing and homelessness sectors. It was developed by Dr Cal Andrews and Dr Ruth McNair at the University of Melbourne after extensive consultations with experts with lived experience and experts from the homelessness and housing sectors. It contains a series of brief fact sheets, as well as detailed guidance within PDF and web-based formats. There will be a launch later this year.


Your Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic

There is a role for philanthropy in this climate, and we would draw your attention to the following initiatives that you might consider supporting.

The Pinnacle Foundation Exceptional Circumstances Scholar Appeal

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads and the economy dramatically declines, scholars are struggling to pay their rent and for food, utilities and study expenses. This will worsen over the coming weeks and months. More than ever, they need our help now.


One-off funding for organisations and groups impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak

Applications of up to $15,000 will be considered until 31 May 2020 with a total value of $75,000 available. The applying organisation must be registered as having Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and must either currently provide services or be proposing to provide services which align with one or more of the Foundation’s goals.


Australian Philanthropy’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Australian Communities Foundation and peak body Philanthropy Australia launched the COVID-19 National Funding Platform to support a coordinated philanthropic funding response to the escalating crisis.

The National Funding Platform is a central online directory that enables Australian philanthropic funders to connect with and respond to the COVID-19 related funding needs of non-profit organisations across Australia.


Australian LGBTIQ+ COVID19 Directory

If you have a service, event, resource or business initiative which is intended to provide support, connection or information to LGBTIQ+ people during the COVID-19 crisis, you can list it in our online directory by emailing info@equalityaustralia.org.au.