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What is HEY?
Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) is about supporting the health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young Victorians. The first of its kind in Australia HEY brings together a network of partner organisations specialising in support and services for LGBTQIA+ young people.
HEY partners provide peer support, referral, community visibility, celebration and education. The vision of the HEY partners is that LGBTQIA+ young people in Victoria have their rights upheld, and are safe, empowered and celebrated.
In addition, the HEY Grants, an annual grants program, is offered for projects that support the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people in Victoria. The HEY grants provide funding of up to $10,000 for projects in two categories:
- Youth led projects, for LGBTIQA+ young people with innovative projects they know will support their LGBTIQA+ peers. A youth led application must be proposed and led by people who are under 25! (They can get people older than that to proofread and assist them).
- Social Connectedness projects, for services to expand or improve their support for LGBTIQA+ young people, and for targeted projects for LGBTIQA+ young people that will improve their mental health and wellbeing.
With years of lived experience, expertise, and evidence-based practice, the HEY Partners and Grants are supporting more LGBTIQA+ young people than ever. We are committed to supporting young people in their self-discovery and pride, to connecting them with each other and their community, and to improving their overall mental health and wellbeing.
HEY is proudly funded and supported by the Victorian Government.
The HEY Partners are organisations that provide a network of inclusive spaces and programs for LGBTQIA+ young people across Victoria.
Youth Affairs Council Victoria is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria.
Based at Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, WayOut promotes the rights, mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people in the Macedon Ranges.
WayOut Wodonga promotes the rights, health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young people in Albury Wodonga and surrounds.
Helping members provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex-attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians.
Safe Schools is a formal and public commitment that schools make to create an inclusive and safe environment for their school community, including for LGBTQIA+ students, families and teachers.
Peninsula Pride is queer–straight alliance community group led by headspace Frankston. Helping same sex attracted and gender diverse young people can feel safer and more included in society.
Rainbow Health Victoria is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ Victorians and the quality of care they receive.
Australia's largest youth-led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.
The GASP project is Geelong’s safe and inclusive space for young people aged between 12-25.
Aiming to create a safer, more inclusive and healthier community in the City of Greater Shepparton and beyond for young people who are LGBTQIA+.
The SAFE in the South West program is strengthening the capacity of South West Victorian community in supporting young people who identify same-sex attracted, sex and gender diverse.
Ballarat headspace is now running Zaque – a safe space for LGBTIQ young people. Zaque is a group that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTIQA+ young people aged 12-25.
headspace Bendigo offers two diversity groups weekly for young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and their friends and allies.
They provide a safe and inclusive space where young people can be themselves, meet others, have some fun and participate in community activities that celebrate diversity.
Parents of Gender Diverse Children works hard to give a voice to parents and those parenting transgender and gender diverse children.
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) is an inclusive service provider to all members of the community, and consults with LGBTIQA+ consumers to improve their responsiveness to the needs of the LGBTIQA+ population.
Latrobe Community Health Service work with the community to provide safe and inclusive services to clients who identify as LGBTIQA+, and provide a safe and inclusive work environment for staff who identify as LGBTIQA+.
Every year, Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic), in partnership with the Victorian Government, run the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Grants. Over 10 years, HEY Grants have supported over 111 organisations with $1.5 million of funding to improve LGBTQIA+ young people's mental health and well-being.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for projects and initiatives aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young Victorians. The grants are for two categories: projects that seek to improve the social connectedness of LGBTIQA+ young people, and youth-led projects that answer community need in innovative ways.
When do I apply for a HEY Grant?
The HEY Grants are currently closed. Applications for the next round of grants usually open towards the end of the year, in late winter or early spring. You can keep track of when the Round 11 grant applications open by following YACVic on social media, or by signing up as a member to receive our newsletter.
How do I apply for a HEY Grant?
Grant applicants need to fill out either a Youth Led or a Social Connectedness grant application form, and provide two letters of support. We make these forms available when the grant round opens each year. Young people who are not applying through an organisation will need an auspicing body to receive funds on their behalf.
In 2020, HEY ran an online workshop to help first time grant applicants write a good HEY grant application. You can view a recording which has been captioned here.
Who should apply for a HEY Grant?
Anybody whose organisation or project is designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people in Victoria is encouraged to apply.
HEY actively encourages applications that are led by, and designed for:
- LGBTIQA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people,
- LGBTIQA+ disabled young people,
- LGBTIQA+ young people of colour, and LGBTIQA+ young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
If you are a member of one of these communities and would like further information on applying for a HEY Grant, we would love to support you.
All inquiries should be directed to Youth Affairs Council Victoria by email to Briar Rolfe, Rainbow Projects Officer, at email@example.com. They work Monday to Wednesdays. Alternatively, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Round 10 of the HEY Grants will provide $110,000 to 12 incredible projects and organisations across the state. The grants were selected by a panel of LGBTIQA+ community members, and prioritised new applicants who will address intersections and gaps in LGBTIQA+ services.
Four grants are based in regional and rural areas, six will operate state-wide, and two are metropolitan based initiatives.
In our tenth year, HEY are proud to have funded two Aboriginal and First Nations-led projects, two projects led by international students, and one project focused on improving support for autistic LGBTIQA+ young people.
Rainbow Restoration (Youth Led) - $10,000
Rainbow Restoration is a trading card series project that will normalise the existence of LGBTQIA+ figures from across history. Each card will feature artwork made by an LGBTQIA+ youth. Downloadable copies of the cards will be accessible via an online art gallery. The printed cards will be supplied to LGBTQIA+ organisations.
Young Trans and Gender Diverse Art Group (Youth Led) - $5,000
The Young Trans and Gender Diverse Art Group is a group of young trans and gender diverse people age 12-25 that will meet weekly in Preston to work on arts and crafts projects, learn new skills, socialise and feel safe and supported in their identities.
VicSRC (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
VicSRC’s Student Editorial Team is a student led program focusing on the stories of students who are less often represented in the public discourse around education. This project will amplify the voices of LGBTIQA+ students in rural/regional areas through a series of blogs hosted on the Student Voice Hub.
Gender Free Haircut Club (Social Connectedness) - $5,000
The Gender Free Haircut Club creates an industry alliance to provide safe and supportive environments for members of the LGBTIQA+ community to receive an experience aligning with their gender. By building capacity of our industry partners we build multiple safe gender affirming spaces for young LGBTIQA+ people in our rural region.
Online sex education for LGBTIQA+ youth (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
The project will address the lack of social change in gender and sexual diversity by giving LGBTQIA+ youth autonomy to navigate their own sex education and use the online recourse in addition to professional support. The project is a collaboration of the correct information, personalised experiences and support networks. The program will remove the pressure from uncomfortable and uneducated teachers; it will address unsupportive parents and remove systemic prejudice and social shame.
Strong Brother Strong Sister (Youth Led) - $10,000
The LGBTIQA+ First Nations youth camp will be a camp that will celebrate the engagement/coming together of young people across Victoria who have engaged in our Online LGBTIQA+ First Nations youth group. Our goal is to provide a safe/reaffirming space while also upholding their connection to their cultural identity.
Glenelg Shire Council (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
Skittles aims to facilitate social connection of LGBTIQA+ youth in the Shire area by fostering a social support network for LGBTIQA+ people aged 12-25 and their friends and allies. Through various advocacy strategies, Skittles promotes understanding and encourages LGBTIQA+ inclusivity in our wider communities. Funding will enable Skittles to expand across Portland, Heywood, and Casterton.
Three For All (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
The Queer International Student Peer support group is a peer-led social support group that provides participants with opportunities to gain social connection, emotional and practical support, build their leadership, provide opportunities to develop and lead activities, and increase access to services via referral pathways and capacity building in the services sector.
Golden Plains Shire (Youth Led) - $5,000
Golden Plains Shire Council will partner with Bannockburn P – 12 College to deliver the first ever pride initiative in the Shire; a range of youth informed and school based initiatives to improve support for LGBTIQA+ young people. Initiatives will include anti-homophobia campaigns, training for students and staff, and the first Golden Plains social support group for LGBTIQA+ young people.
I CAN Network (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
I CAN Network will collaborate with the Victorian LGBTIQA+ youth sector to increase understanding and inclusion of Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people. This project will be led and informed by Queer Autistic young people who will share their lived experience, develop resources and offer practical advice to better support this cohort.
Story Is Connection (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
ACROSS THE BRIDGE is a storytelling project connecting 5 LGBTQIA+ young international students with 5 LGBTQIA+ young local artists. Together they’ll explore their respective experiences of navigating sexual identity. This will culminate in an exhibition of 5 artistic works aimed at inspiring other international students to connect, express and belong.
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (Social Connectedness) - $10,000
The VALS Community Justice Programs (CJP) will focus specifically on LGBTIQA+ Aboriginal youth and will empower our young people to have a voice in relation to their experiences and barriers they face when engaging services and seeking supports. This project will be youth led with the focus to social strengthen and engage the social connections of LGBTIQA+ Aboriginal youth. This project aims to allow the participants to develop locally led solutions with a wider view of using these experiences as a community education tool.