Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) welcomes Minister for Equality, Martin Foley’s announcement opening this year’s Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) grants. The announcement also outlines new Victorian Government support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians. 

With a total funding pool of $100,000, HEY grants are a series of small grants administered by YACVic to fundamental health promotion and community engagement activities for same-sex attracted, sex and gender diverse/LGBTIQ+ young people aged between 14 and 25 years.

The opening of HEY grants accompanies the announcement of a new $500,000 package to support mental health support for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ Victorians, in response to increased demands for help during the marriage equality postal survey. Aligned to this package is a further $50,000 provided to YACVic to administer to HEY partners for creating additional, targeted mental health support for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people.  

“We are thrilled to continue supporting young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ Victorians through this seventh year of HEY funding and applaud the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to their mental health. We also commend Minister Foley for the timely increased investment to further support these young people”, said YACVic CEO Leo Fieldgrass. “Unfortunately, we know these young Victorians are at greater risk of poor mental health outcomes due to bullying, violence and discrimination. We also know some young people are being distressed by the heightened marriage equality debate recently, and we encourage them to take a break from social media and news programs, and seek help if the conversation gets too much.”

For further comment please contact Leo Fieldgrass on 0439 254 667 or

Applications have now closed

Find out more information about HEY grants and learn about the criteria, guidelines and find application details here. 

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