Applications are now open for the ANZ & Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Community Grants program.
The grants aim to increase support and inclusivity for the LGBTQI community across Australia by providing grants of up to $10,000 to LGBTQI community organisations, charities and individuals.
Research commissioned by ANZ has found that almost 70% of LGBTQI Australians have been the victim of hurtful or homophobic language in the past year.
However, the issue is often unrecognised, with under half of non-LGBTQI Australians believing that an issue exists with hurtful language directed at the community.
“As advocates of diversity, inclusion, and respect, ANZ is proud to launch the program for the third consecutive year, continuing to show our unwavering support for Australia’s LGBTQI community,” said Michelle Jablko, ANZ Chief Finance Officer and Executive Sponsor of the Pride Network.
“We hope the 2020 grants can help more groups and individuals thrive in different ways and we look forward to seeing these take place throughout the year.”
The ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants provide financial support for a wide range of projects falling under education and training; creation, arts, and culture; and community development.
Since 2018, 30 grants have been given out, totalling $200,000.
“We are delighted to officially open applications for the 2020 program, working in collaboration with ANZ to continue to provide funding to a diverse range of recipients under the LGBTQI umbrella,” said Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger last week.
“The program highlights the incredible work of organisations and individuals across sports, arts, music, mental health, wellbeing, and beyond, and we look forward to supporting those who do so much to enrich the lives of our LBGTQI community.”
Applications for ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants are open until 4 October.
Individuals and groups can apply online now.