The Small Grants program supports projects proposed by individuals and or organisations and or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

The maximum grant has been increased to $1000 in 2022 and there will be more grants awarded (if successful) each round. The project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

We welcome applications that are particularly creative and innovative, and those that are put forward by individuals, communities and organisations that have not received small grant funding in the previous 2 years. We regard favourably projects that work as partnerships between individuals and organisations.

The Small Grants Program is open all year round with particular cut off dates throughout the year for assessment purposes. If an Application is received after the cut-off date, they will be assessed in the next round.

  • First round opens: 9am AEDT Monday 22 January 2024 and closes on 11:59pm AEDT Monday 15 April 2024
  • Second round opens: 9am AEDT Monday 6 May 2024 and closes on 11:59pm AEDT Monday 15 July 2024.
  • Third round opens: 9am AEDT Monday 5 August 2024 and closes on 11:59pm AEDT Monday 18 November 2024. 

Apply for a Small Grant

Applications must be submitted via Australian Communities Foundation’s grants portal using access code: PFASGP2024.

To access the small grants application form via the access code, you will need to create or login to your existing account through Australian Communities Foundation using your existing username and password. Make suare to note your username and password as you will be able to save and continue the form at a later date.

Small Grants Guidelines

Funding considerations


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 in-
    kind 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?


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’s fees
  • Artist’s fees
  • Website maintenance costs
  • Website hosting fees
  • Catering costs for community events

Who can apply?

  • 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 $1000 will not be considered


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, judges 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.

Past Small Grant Recipients

Our Small Grants Program has been running since 2017. We are the only philanthropic organisation providing small funds to grassroots community organisations that improve the resources and connection for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

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