Current Major Grant Round(s)

Major Grant Round: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Refugees and People Seeking Asylum


The Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) and Sidney Myer Fund (SMF) are pleased to announce their next large grant round to a total value of $20,000 with a focus on supporting sexuality, sex and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) refugees and people seeking asylum.

Grant applications should be to the value of up to $20,000 over two years.

Pride Foundation Australia grant rounds are managed through Australian Communities Foundation Grants Portal.

Major Grant Guidelines

Major Grant funding rounds open from time to time as funds become available. Our Major Grants are sometimes collaborative, with financial support from another philanthropic funder.

Applying for a grant is a two-stage process:

  • Firstly, Pride Foundation will call for expressions of interest (EOI), which asks for an outline of the proposed project. These are then reviewed, with a small number of the best applicants being invited to make a full submission. This ‘short-list’ is usually completed within 1 month of the closing of the EOI stage.
  • Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit a detailed application together with a detailed budget.


Please note: Expressions of Interest and full applications must be submitted online through the Australian Communities Foundation Grants Portal.


The following general criteria must be met when applying for funds:

  • The activity seeking funding must be either solely or chiefly focused on the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities in Australia.
  • All grant applications have to meet the funding priorities as set from time to time by the Foundation.


  • Community development
  • Education initiatives
  • Applied, community-led research with tangible outcomes in the field
  • Events or conferences


The grants are not intended to support capital and building works, vehicles, furniture or equipment, general fund-raising, travel, books or religious activities.


  • Applicants should have a formal organisational status, such as state-based incorporation or a company, and an organisational bank account.
  • Applicants without an established organisational status may apply through an organisation with these credentials, that agrees to auspice the project.  Prior to making a grant for an auspiced project, there needs to be an auspice agreement between the project proposer and auspice organisation that is acceptable to the Foundation.


For more information on current opportunities and the types of projects funded visit the links below.

Past Major Grant Recipients

In 2015 we co-funded with The Sidney Myer Foundation for the first time to offer a Major Grant Round, and this collaboration continues over two grant rounds per year. We have since awarded 20 major grants in areas across Homelessness, Disability, Refugee & Asylum Seekers and more.

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