Regional Activation Grants - Melbourne Pride

Midsumma 2000 by Angela Bailey

Melbourne Pride

Applications for Regional Activation Grants have now closed.


Melbourne Pride is a multi-generational and intersectional celebration; a State Government initiative designed to celebrate and commemorate Victorian LQBTQIA+ history and the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Melbourne Pride will be a large-scale, one-day street festival on Sunday 13 February 2022, in the city's inner north and will be delivered by partner and professional queer arts and cultural organisation, Midsumma. 

To ensure statewide representation of this important celebration, funds are being made available to directly encourage and facilitate involvement in activities either in the lead-up to or on the day within a regional context.

We want your proposals for a wide range of regional projects including but not limited to commemorations, commissions/artworks, documented community stories, sharing of historical collections or exhibitions, to ensure statewide representation, shared regional experiences, and overall engagement with this important event.


Watch the video from our Community Engagement Coordinator below - or read on to find out more about the Regional Activation Grants. This video is captioned.



Who can apply?

Not-for-profit incorporated groups and individuals
(Auspice arrangements will be accepted)

When to apply?

Applications close 11:59pm, 10 August 2021
Applications for Regional Activation Grants have now closed for round 1, please get in touch via email to still submit your application ([email protected])

Funding available

Grants between $1 - $10,000 (inc. GST)
(a limited number of projects up to $20k may be considered – please make contact to discuss prior to applying)

Program Objectives

The Melbourne Pride Regional Activation Grants will ensure state-wide activation, access and participation in pride celebrations.

Activities funded through the program must align with one or more of the following program objectives:

  • The commissioning of artworks in any form that mark/commemorate the core themes of Melbourne Pride and have the potential for ongoing community engagement.
  • To capture, record or commission LGBTQIA+ stories (written, audio or visual) relevant to the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation or an individual ‘Road to Pride’ more generally.
  • To enable events, exhibitions or historical collections that mark/commemorate the core themes of Melbourne Pride 2021 within a regional or remote context.
  • To enable LGBTQIA+ community organisations and artists within regional Victoria to participate in celebrations either on the day of Melbourne Pride 2021 or in the lead up to.
  • Inclusion of diverse LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities across culture and generations.

Applicants are also encouraged to consider accessibility in order to facilitate true multi-generational and intersectional inclusion through celebration and/or reflection.


  • Not for Profit LGBTQIA+ centric collectives, community groups or organisations
  • LGBTQIA+ individuals (Auspice arrangements for requests over $5,000)
  • Allies and supporters working closely with LGBTQIA+ individuals or organisations
  • Reside in Regional or Remote Victoria (outside of Metro Melbourne – check your postcode here)

All applicants will be considered within the framework of the Program Objectives and without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ability or age. We encourage applications from all who are eligible within our diverse community.




  • Delivery of a Melbourne Pride event or community engagement activity (on the same day or in the lead up to 13 Feb 2022 ) showcasing your community and its unique pride history, stories and/or experiences.
  • Create a Melbourne Pride artwork, digital masterpiece or installation highlighting yours or your community’s unique history and relationship with Pride.
  • Utilise group transport and ensure vulnerable, ageing and/or isolated members of your LGBTQIA+ community can travel and attend the Melbourne Pride.
  • The capture, recording or publication of a story, interview, performance or podcast. Recognising the value and importance of creating permanent and tenable records of LGBTQIA+ history.

All projects / events must ensure that they meet COVIDsafe requirements as may be appropriate and have a COVIDsafe plan where this might be necessary according to the State Governments events framework.

  • Personal living expenses
  • Expenses not related to the activity outlined in application
  • Activities not directly related to or supporting an LGBTQIA+ activity or engagement
  • Activities conducted outside Regional and/or Remote Victoria
  • Retrospective funding for activities that have already started or have been completed
  • Rainbow Tick accreditation or LGBTQIA+ competency activities
  • Competitions, commercial (for-profit) or direct fundraising activities or events
  • Direct lobbying or activities that promote or are held for party political purpose
  • Permanent or contracted staff positions or administrative costs for business-as-usual activities
  • Capital expenditure (including construction/capital works, refurbishment and renovations)
  • Costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation
  • Debt repayments

Of the Successful Applicant

  • Full Coordination of the event, activity or outcome
  • Adequate record keeping and documentation
  • Delivery of a financial acquittal and written reflection no later than 14 days after your event, activity or outcome has concluded.
  • Completed survey response

Of the Melbourne Pride program

  • Providing agreed to funds
  • Some support to assist in communication and connections between community
  • Hosting of your event, activity or outcome on our Melbourne Pride website, where appropriate
  • Filming of the development or execution of some projects to be used as digital archives and as part of online digital presence on the day of Melbourne Pride
  • Check-ins throughout process to offer logistical support or project management guidance

Step 1 – Read the Guidelines and FAQs to ensure your organisation and project are eligible.
Step 2 – Consider the assessment criteria in terms of your project
Step 3 – If you would like to discuss your application email [email protected]
Step 4 – Seek agreements with participants and make arrangements with Auspicing bodies if required
Step 5 – Submit your application by 11.59pm Tuesday 10 August 2021 via the online form at the end of this page

Melbourne Pride: Community Engagement Manager – [email protected] or on 03 9296 6600

  • What are you going to do (in detail), the format of your proposed project and, how does it relate to the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation or reflect on what PRIDE means to you or help you celebrate PRIDE in your community?
    • Words: Max 500 
  • What are the key goals of your proposed activity? 
    • Words: Max 200 
  • Who from LGBTQIA+ communities will your project involve? How many people will actively participate?
    • Words: Max 200
    • Are you targeting one section? Are you looking at intersectionalities?
  • How will your event provide an opportunity for regional connection / regional representation for Pride 2021?
    • Words: Max 250
    • Are these physical spaces? Are they digital spaces?
  • Describe how your project will foster enduring understanding, partnerships and collaboration within your community
    • Words: Max 250
    • Will you partner with other LGBTQIA+ or allied organisations? Will partnerships or collaborations involve donations or in-kind support to enhance your project?
  • Will your project have a lasting outcome/legacy? What will this be?
    • Words: Max 200
    • This could be a physical sculpture or art piece, a book, video, audio recording or photographs. Or this could be establishing a reoccurring engagement opportunity.
  • How will you measure success?
    • Words: Max 150
  1. 2 x support letters from other members of your community(s)
  2. A project budget (no more than one page – see example/template here)
  3. Links to photos, websites or videos of similar projects, mood board or other support material (if applicable)

All applications must be submitted online, unless an alternative process has been approved with the Melbourne Pride Community Engagement Manager, prior to the application closing date.

Final applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday 10 August 2021. These applications will then be reviewed by a panel of staff at Midsumma and graded based on the above criteria.

Applications for Regional Activation Grants have now closed for round 1, please get in touch via email to still submit your application ([email protected])

We aim to notify applicants of the outcome of their application by email on or around the 25 August 2021. Feedback may be provided to applicants upon request.

If you need assistance in completing this application or require information in a different format, please contact [email protected] or call 03 9296 6600

Find the most up to date list of FAQs here.

If you would like any assistance please contact our Melbourne Pride Community Engagement Manager – [email protected] or on 03 9296 6600

Large Documents can take awhile to upload so please prepare your submission in a word document and do not refresh the page once you've hit submit.


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