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 $750 in 2021 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.

There will be three small grant rounds in 2022, with the following closing dates:

  • Round 1 closes Monday March 7th, 2022
  • Round 2 closes Monday July 11th, 2022
  • Round 3 closes Monday November 14th, 2022

We endeavour to process and access applications within 7 days of each round closing date.

Applications can be made at any time, however they will only be considered for the round closest to the date of the application’s submission.

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.


Please read the Small Grants Criteria below before applying.
Applications are made via a simple online form and must be submitted by 11:59pm on the closing date to be considered for that round. Applications submitted after 11:59pm on the closing date will be placed into the following round for consideration. All applications are assessed by a Board appointed panel to ensure we fund the best proposals.

Successful grantees

Successful applicants enter an agreement with Pride Foundation Australia to deliver their project.
If you have been successful in receiving funds under the Small Grants Program, we ask that you acquit the grant using the online small grants acquittal form.
We encourage you to document your project and submit photographs that we can utilise in future promotional material. Please ensure that you have permission from all participants who appear in photographs or videos in order for them to be published.
Any questions in the application or acquittal process, please contact Pride Foundation Australia via email

Small Grants Criteria

Pride Foundation will invest in projects that benefit either LGBTQIA+ individuals or community or strengthen LGBTQIA+ organisational capacity:

Individuals – an application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the project LGBTIQ 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

Organisational capacity – an application needs to satisfy at least one of the following intended outcomes. Through the projects LGBTIQ 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.

The planned activity must involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ members and promote positive social outcomes in our community.


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 $750 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’s fees
  • Artist’s fees
  • Website maintenance costs
  • Website hosting fees
  • Catering costs for community events



  • 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?


  • 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?


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
  • 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.