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Pride Foundation News July 2019

Message from the Chair


On behalf of myself and the board, I would like to give a heartfelt thank-you to all of the wonderful people who supported our fundraising efforts this June. We were blown away by the support you gave to our campaign for LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers.

Between the donations made to this campaign, Pride Foundation's general appeal, and a generous donation from the team at EA Firemonkeys, we raised over $24,000 in donations that we can use to fund new grants programs and commission vital research. 


Raising these funds was in every way a community effort. Thank you to everyone who made a CrowdRaiser, who shared a link with their networks, and to everyone who donated and made this our most successful fundraiser so far. 


When our community comes together, we really can do remarkable things. 

With gratitude,

Ruth McNair, Pride Foundation Australia Board Chairperson

Congratulations to Yooralla! 

Their project “My Identity...My choice" has been chosen for the first PFA-Myer grant round for 2019.


They will receive $20,000 towards the development and delivery of two LGBTIQA+ awareness training modules that will be developed in collaboration with Inclusion Melbourne.  Once the project is complete, the modules will be freely available for disability services nationally.

Rod Carracher, the Chief Practitioner at Yooralla, had this to say:

"Yooralla is delighted to be a recipient of the 2019/20 Sidney Myer and Pride Foundation Australia Grant for $20,000.

Yooralla is a large not-for-profit disability support provider, supporting approximately 4,000 people with a disability. Yooralla is focused on improving inclusive practice in the supports provided for people with a disability and aligning with greater societal LGBTIQA+ acceptance, individual identity expression and reducing social isolation among people with disability.

This Grant will fund the project titled: My Identity...My choice "A Safe journey to explore LGBTIQA+ identity for people with disability using disability services".

We know that there are people who use our support services that are not fully aware of their sexual or LGBTIQA+ cultural identity and/or are unable to explore this for various reasons. This project will provide tailored information and support to clients of Yooralla to explore and feel safe and confident in expressing their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
We thank Sidney Myer and Pride Foundation Australia for enabling this important work to occur."

On Wednesday 17th July, Pride Foundation Australia's Chair-person Dr Ruth McNair was one of several LGBTIQA+ advocates who spoke at the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.

Speaking from her experience as a GP at Fitzroy North's Northside Clinic, she provided examples and evidence on the lack of services for LGBTIQA+ people in rural and outer suburban settings.

Click here to read more
Donate today!

Submissions for Grant Round Two are open! 

Pride Foundation Australia and the Sidney Myer Fund are providing $20,000 in funding towards a project or idea that will improve the wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ people living with disabilities.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16th of August

For application forms, or to find out more, visit our website

Congratulations to our Round 2 Small Grant Recipients!

Each project has received $500 towards their project.

LGBTIQ Library Exchange
Family Access Network (FAN) received a PFA grant to start a LGBTIQ+ book exchange for clients living in their LGBTIQ+ specific transitional properties.
Come Out and Play
Bushrangers Basketball is the first LGBTIQ+ club to enter into women’s basketball associations in Victoria. With the grant from PFA, the Bushrangers will establish new teams in the women’s basketball associations of Melbourne’s Eastern and Western suburbs.
Perth Bush Dance
Adrian Tilby received a PFA grant that will go towards hosting a queer bushdance in Perth with a live bushband and folk dancing.
All Out Blacktown
Blacktown Youth Services received a PFA grant for their LGBTIQA+ program All Out. The grant will be put towards facilitating low-risk social events within a safe space, to help in establishing and promoting positive representations of queer people in Blacktown.

We are now accepting applications for round 3! You have until September 8 to apply for up to $500 in funding for a project that helps LGBTQIA+ people and promotes positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

Find out more at

Congratulations to Jake Lewis and the team at VALID

They’ve just reached the end of the Pride Foundation initiated Victorian Government grant to scope the needs for a self-advocacy group for LGBTIQA+ people living with disabilities.

Jake and the team have achieved some incredible things throug this project:

  1. They've developed a Needs Assessment Questionnaire, promoted it and received 160+ returns. We'll be sharing the results of this in 2-3 months;
  2. They've established an online closed LGBTIQ People With Disabilities Forum which is now operating with 100+ members;
  3. And they've held a concluding event to form the  LGBTIQA+ Disability Collective’ (LGBTIQA+ DISCO).


Pride Foundation has also assisted the group in applying for funding to continue this self-help collective.  


Big Returns for Small Investments 


Pride Foundation Australia believes in philanthropy as a force that initially makes small changes, from which big things grow and bigger changes happen.


Since Pride Foundation Australia started our disability initiative, we have seen a new collaboration between Thorne Harbour Health and Inclusion Melbourne on a project to provide advocacy training for LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities. This project has received a commonwealth grant.

We are also excited to announce that our collaborative research project with Deakin University will soon be holding focus groups in Melbourne CBD and Bendigo. For more information, visit our facebook page.

Donate today!

We Need Your Support

Pride Foundation Australia is 100% reliant on community donor support to make our work possible.

We are incredibly grateful for the funds we receive from our generous donors throughout the year.

Your donation will help fund essential programs for the most disadvantaged people in our LGBTQIA+ community.

To make a tax deductible donation, large or small, visit
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