Welcome Penelope Wilson to the Pride Foundation Team!

We are also very excited to have Penny Wilson join Pride Foundation Australia as our new marketing officer. Penny brings a wealth of experience in digital marketing as well as first-hand knowledge of our communities.

We want to thank Ruby Mountford who recently stepped out of the marketing role to focus on other areas of work. They established our first crowd funding campaign, which was very successful in 2019, and will stay on to assist us with our administration.


Meet Our Small Grants Recipients for Round 1 2020

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

HUDSON Road Family Centre

HUDSON Road Family Centre (HRFC) is a not-for-profit organisation that caters to the needs of Bunbury and the wider community. They will be using their grant money to start an informal support group for LGBTQIA+ teens, in Bunbury.

OUT South West

OUT South West aims to promote community awareness and inclusivity of LGBTIQ+ issues in the South West region of Western Australia. This grant will cover the cost of 12 months of room hire for OUTSW to run a fortnightly trans support group.

Sam Martin – Sam I Am

Exploring the intersection of one young man’s identities as gay, queer, hard-of-hearing and deaf, Sam Martin’s powerful autobiographical one-man show takes us on a journey of coming out in two worlds during the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite. This grant funding will specifically go towards their Native deaf queer interpreter, as they continue to pursue extra funding for their non-native interpreter.

GLBT Rights in Ageing Inc. (GRAI)

GRAI is a Western Australian community-based group with a mission to create a responsive and inclusive mature age environment that promotes and supports a quality life for older and ageing people of diverse sexualities and gender identities. This $500 grant will go towards running costs of holding their second Barn Dance – the first of which was a huge success and saw 500 people of all LGBTI generations come together and folk dance with the famous Mucky Duck Bush Band.

Queer Family

Hosting events and creating safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ people and allies in the Northern Rivers to create, connect and build community. Queer Family are using their grant to run a full day IDAHOBIT event at the Mullumbimby Commons.


The MQFF x PFA Award Goes to… Unsound!

Pride Foundation Australia Best Australian Feature for Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s 30th year is awarded to Unsound, directed by Ian Watson. We are very proud to be supporting Australian Queer film and chose Unsound as a worthy recipient of our award as it dealt with topical issues of transitioning, queer Auslan culture and community, and, queer relationships.


Pride Foundation Australia at Better Together Conference 2020

Pride Foundation Australia’s Ian Gould and Ruby Mountford presented at the Williamstown Town Hall for the 2020 Better Together, and LGBTIQ conference. The presentation described our ‘social change’ approach to philanthropy and used Pride Foundation’s LGBTIQ Disability priority area to show how we build enduring social change.

We showed how our projects were directed at building “Evidence for Change” through two commissioned projects, one at La Trobe University and one at Deakin University; creating “Change Within” through 8 grants to LGBTIQ or disability organisations; and, “Building Community Capacity” creating networks, supporting self-advocacy and building a supportive environment amongst key organisations for ongoing change. (Slide 19 in the attached shows this). The audience enthusiastically supported the approach we take of “for and by LGBTIQ people with disability” through our advisory committee and projects selected for funding.

Read our presentation here.

Working it Out team photo

Meet Working It Out: Our 2019 Major Grant Recipient

Working It Out is proud to receive the 2019 Pride Foundation Australia – Sidney Myer Foundation funding grant for their project “LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice for Disability Services”.

Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service is the 2019 recipient of this partnership grant between PFA and the Sydney Myer Foundation.

WIO CEO, Lynn Jarvis was looking for ways to further support the organisation to focus on LGBTQIA+ inclusive practice when she learnt of the PFA SMF grants, “I felt it was directly related to what we were planning to do.  Accessing funding is always difficult particularly in such a specialised area as ours but this opportunity felt like it had been written for us!  

The application process was straightforward, the timeframe was achievable, and we were delighted to hear we had been successful.

We anticipate that the LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice for Disability Services project end product, a tailored training package for disability service providers, will have ongoing outcomes throughout Tasmania and perhaps more broadly.

Subsequent to submitting our application I learnt of further funding available to us.  If successful, this will enable us to take the LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Practice for Disability Services project even further.  The PFA SMF grant really has sparked and inspired us to work further in this area.

I look forward to relating the highlights, challenges and successes to you for a future newsletter article.”


Pride Foundation at Midsumma and Mardi Gras 2020

Thanks to all of those who came by our Midsumma Carnival and Mardi Gras Fair Day stalls in recent weeks. It was a great opportunity to explain our work and the role of philanthropy by and for the LGBTIQA+ community.

And special thanks to our Board member Colin Krycer who facilitated both stalls with his usual precision and commitment.


Our Small Grant Recipients for Round 4, 2019

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 the December 2019 Small Grants!

Rainbow Community House

Rainbow Community House aims to provide a safe space for LGBTIQA+ youth to identify, explore and develop skills, abilities and the knowledge they can draw upon to navigate struggles they may be facing in their lives and relationships. This grant will be used to build awareness of their services with their presence at local LGBTQIA+ events and supplemental marketing material.

Bendigo Pride Festival

The Bendigo Pride Festival is a community initiated and run event that celebrates, explores and promotes diversity and inclusion within the greater bendigo region and beyond with particular focus on lgbtiqa+ communities and people. Their grant has been put towards the marketing and promotional costs of their 2020 festival.

Mother Duck Childcare

Mother Duck Childcare centres in Brisbane & Moreton Bay offer rich and rewarding work environments for the most passionate early childhood educators. Delivering the best in play-based learning programs, their happy educators inspire happy children. Their grant was used to run a 3 day program in January for young LGBTQIA+ people to get out of home for a day and be among other LGBTQIA+ young people.

TransFolk of WA

TransFolk of WA is a support service for all transgender people and their loved ones in Western Australia. The organisation provides accessible safe spaces where members can expect dynamic peer support. Their small grant has made it possible for them to invest in their own PA system, removing the ongoing financial burden of hiring such equipment for each event & allowing for events with minimal to no funding to go ahead.


Transmansplaining (pictured above) is an original one-man stage show based on the experiences of Ben MacEllen, a self-described “short, balding, bearded, gay, trans man”. Using humour, storytelling and intimate disclosures, he reveals his unique perspective of life as a male trapped in a female body. The grant has been put towards equipment that allows Ben to bring his performance to regional areas with less access to trans information, that may benefit from the performance, but lack the technical support to facilitate the performance.


Congratulations to Working It Out: PFA-Myer Grant Recipient

Working It Out has been chosen as the second PFA-Myer grant round for 2019!

For over twenty-one years, Working It Out has been Tasmania’s dedicated LGBTQIA+ support, advocacy and education service. They will receive $20,000 towards the development of face-to-face training on LGBTQIA+ inclusive practices within disability support services, and will build on the work already undertaken in this space by our friends at Inclusion Melbourne’s Design Lab. This training will be co-designed by LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities and delivered across the state.

To find out more about Working It Out, check out their website at, or find them on Facebook!


Small Grant Spotlight: Barn Dance 2019

In August this year, Vic Park Pride, GRAI, Loton Park Tennis, Bears Perth and The Pinnacle Foundation held Perth’s first Barn Dance! Pride Foundation Australia was able to help support this fantastic event for the LGBTIQA+ community with one of our small grants, and we were delighted to hear that the night was a roaring success!

Over 500 people attended, with tickets selling out weeks in advance. The organisers are planning to hold another dance in August 2020, so keep an eye out!

Pride Foundation Australia provides five small grants of $500 to LGBTIQ+ projects four times each year. Find out the dates for 2020

Thanks to Adrian Tilby for sending us these photos from the night!


Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile – Canberra Conference

On November 14th the first Queer Displacements conference opened in Canberra. “Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile” was the first conference in Australia to focus on the contemporary issues facing LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees.

What a wonderful, challenging, and enlightening event it was!

I had the great privilege to attend and present a paper on the role of philanthropy in this area with my friend and colleague Dr Liz Rickman from the Australian Lesbian Medical Association. It was also a chance to meet several of the fabulous advocates that sit on our LGBTIQA+ Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advisory Group, including Tina Dixson, one of the conference conveners.

There are so many reasons LGBTIQA+ people flee their home countries: persecution, discrimination, abuse or extreme marginalisation.The conference reinforced the acute need for fundraising to enable our work in this area.

I signed the Canberra Statement that came out of the conference on behalf of Pride Foundation Australia, and recommend this to any individual who is also moved to support its recommendations. Click here to read the Canberra Statement.

Since the conference, our advisory group has worked on a briefing document on these issues for PFA that we will present to the LGBTI Parliamentary Friends before the end of the year.

As we prepare for the holidays, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our organisation as we continue to work alongside vulnerable groups within our communities to create systemic, permanent change. We couldn’t do it without you.

Ruth McNair, Pride Foundation Australia Board Chairperson