The Office for LGBTIQ Affairs

New LGBTIQ grants program

The ACT Government’s new Capital of Equality Grants Program was funded in the 2018-19 Budget to support community-driven initiatives that improve the social and emotional wellbeing, inclusion and participation of LGBTIQ people in our community.

Round One of the program is now underway, with applications open from Friday 29 March until Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Available funding

To support projects of various sizes and scales, the Capital of Equality Grants Program consists of a two tier funding model:

Tier 1 – Funding up to $3,000

Tier 1 grants provide up to $3,000 to support a project. The application process for Tier 1 grants is streamlined with less eligibility requirements for applicants and a shorter application form.

Tier 2 – Funding between $3,001 and $25,000

Tier 2 grants provide between $3,001 and $25,000 to support projects that will have a more significant impact on Canberra’s LGBTIQ community. The application process for Tier 2 grants requires strong evidence and planning.


Capital of Equality Grants Program funding is open to applications from individuals, groups and organisations in Canberra. Individuals, groups and organisations can apply for both tiers of funding.

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation; OR
  • be a group that is LGBTIQ run and led, and/or whose services or activities primarily benefit LGBTIQ people in Canberra; OR
  • be an individual who resides in Canberra; AND
  • put forward a project proposal for the benefit of Canberra LGBTIQ individuals, communities, their families and/or allies in accordance with the grants program guidelines; AND
  • have satisfactorily acquitted all previous grants provided by the ACT Government (except for current year’s funding).

Projects funded through the program must occur in the ACT. Applicants must reside or conduct their business in the ACT to be eligible for funding.

Funded projects must be completed in the period from June to November 2019. This is the inaugural, pilot funding round. The second round of funding is expected to open in August 2019 for projects running from November 2019 to May 2020.

Please note: Groups, unincorporated associations, and other entities with no legal status must nominate either an individual member of their entity, or have an auspice with legal status to take legal and financial responsibility for any funding.

If you are having difficulty accessing the online application form or if an error occurs, please contact the Grants, Procurement and Systems Team for assistance on: (02) 6207 1080 or

For more information on the Program Guidelines, eligibility requirements or to lodge a complaint, please contact the Grants Program Officer in the Office for LGBTIQ Affairs on: (02) 6207 0612 or

About the Office for LGBTIQ Affairs

The Office for LGBTIQ Affairs coordinates and supports strategic government projects and policy to promote Canberra as the most LGBTIQ welcoming and inclusive city in Australia. It is located within the Policy and Cabinet Division of the Chief Minister Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

The Office:

Please note: LGBTIQ is respectfully being used as an umbrella term to refer collectively to a wider range of people than just those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and/or queer. The use of the acronym is not intended to exclude people that may not be specifically represented by this term.

For further enquiries please contact the Office by email