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galfa: supporting GLBTIQ communities across Australia

Spring - December 2018

Message from the Chair

We have had a busy year, working to build our reach and impact. We have made grants of $15,000 in two grant rounds with the Myer Foundation (total grants of $35,000), $5,000 to Switchboard for a suicide prevention initiative, and $10,000 in twenty ‘small grants’. We have also supported our sub-fund The Channel to grant a further $40,000, via two large and 1 small grant round. We are very pleased that the Sidney Myer Trustees will continue to provide $20,000 per year towards our collaborative grant rounds.

GALFA board - planning day 2018GALFA Board members at our planning day

The Board had a very successful planning day in June with our patron Dennis Altman. We agreed on our key funding priority areas for the next 3 years, which are LGBTIQA+ homelessness, disability, and a new focus on asylum seekers and refugees. Our revised statement of purpose reflects this work. Our Victorian Government funded communications manager, Cathy Kirwan, has worked on our key messages based around advancing equity for LGBTIQA+ Australians, and has developed an excellent fundraising & communications plan.

GALFA Statement of Purpose

GALFA is a national philanthropic foundation and one of few organisations that is specifically focused on funding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues in Australia. GALFA actively works to increase philanthropic support for the Australian LGBTIQ and allied communities through fundraising, grant giving, collaboration and commissioning projects. GALFA adopts a social change model to our philanthropy and has a dedicated focus on advancing equity for the most disadvantaged LGBTIQ Australians, including advocating for systemic change. Specific LGBTIQ focus areas to date have been ageing, homelessness and disability; and a new focus area on asylum seekers and refugees is underway.
Ruth McNair, GALFA Board Chairperson

GALFA-Myer Foundation grant round outcomes 2018

We partnered with the Sidney Myer Foundation in two grant rounds in 2018, both focused on LGBTIQ Australians living with disability.

In June we awarded a grant of $14,388 to Mellem Rose at Spectrum Intersections at Aspergers Victoria. The project is called ‘Interpreting the Spectrums: Understanding Barriers to Healthcare for the LGBTIQA+ Autistic Community project’ and will develop a guide for health providers to support more sensitive and inclusive care for LGBTIQA+ patients living with neurodiversity including autism.

Rainbow Neurodiverse Group

Dementia Training AustraliaIn November, the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration at University of NSW, led by Kim Burns, was awarded $20,000 for the evaluation and wider dissemination of an eLearning Resource developed for those supporting LGBTI people with Dementia and Changed Behaviours.

The Small Grants Program

In 2018, we had 4 small grants rounds giving $2,000 per round. The fourth round is closed and will be decided in December. We would like to congratulate the third round grant recipients:

  • Ayman Barbaresco (Vic) – for Ayman Upskills to Assist Others = $500
  • Courage to Care NSW – for LGBT Discrimination Awareness Exhibit = $500
  • Amnesty International Australia (SA) - LGBT+ Leadership Training Academy = $250
  • Free Range Holistic Creativity (Qld) - LGBTQ+ Panel Discussion & Networking = $500
  • LGBTI Community Care (WA) - Build A Community -LGBTI community service =$250

And the second grant round recipients of $500 each:

  • Emma Rose Smith (NSW) - Unspoken Words
  • Dexter Rosengrave (Tas) – Safe Haven
  • Ben Nielsen (NSW) - LGBTI[Q&A] podcast
  • Mia Mala McDonald (Vic) – Rainbow Families Portrait Project

Applications can be made for the 2019 rounds via the online form at:

LGBTIQA+ asylum seekers and refugees – seeking interest

Refugees are welcome

GALFA will be convening a national advisory group on LGBTIQ asylum seeker and refugee issues in early 2019. The group will comprise people and organisations working in this area around Australia. It will seek to identify the key issues needing philanthropic support with a view to coordinating our efforts. This is a very new area of advocacy and would benefit from a national conversation. For anyone interested in participating in the group please contact Ruth McNair:

GALFA at Midsumma, Melbourne 2019

GALFA will be at Midsumma Carnival at our stall on Sunday 20 January. Please come by to say hello.

We are also hosting a special event in association with Quippings focusing on LGBTIQ disability. ‘Doubling Down: A discussion on Disability and LGBTIQ’ will include a panel of people living with disability hosted by Rhonda Galbally. Rhonda is a champion for disability rights and is on the Board of the NDIS. She has also led many philanthropic organisations including being the founding CEO of Our Community for over a decade.

Doubling Down: a discussion on disability and LGBTIQFor information and tickets go to:

Date: Sunday 10 February
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Place: Hares and Hyenas in Collingwood.

LGBTIQ disability evidence building project

Amie O'Shea and Nathan DespottGALFA has commissioned research involving interviews with LGBTIQ people living with disability to understand their intersecting identities as well as their experiences in health and social services. This work was seed-funded by GALFA, with additional funding of $50,000 just received from the Victorian State Government.

We are working with an expert team at Deakin University, led by Patsie Frawley and Amie O’Shea. Amie has just published a piece on previous work funded by GALFA with Inclusion Melbourne in the September issue of the Intellectual Disability Australasia newsletter.

LGBTIQ People with Intellectual Disability

Exciting news for 2019

We have some big news coming early in 2019. Be on the lookout for our newsletter in January 2019 for a major announcement.

We Need Your Support

GALFA is 100% reliant on community support to make our work possible. We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from our generous donors throughout the year.

Your donation will help fund essential programs for LGBTIQ people in our community who are the most disadvantaged.

Please consider us in your Christmas giving this year. To make a donation visit

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