What are the HEY Grants?

The HEY Grants support organisations (both specialist SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ and mainstream youth organisations) to undertake mental health promotion and community engagement activities which focus on SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people, aged between 14 and 25 years.

The HEY Grants are intended to assist in the development of new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. They will also support the implementation of tried and tested models in communities where existing support for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people is limited.

Sixty five organisations have received HEY Grants funding over the past six years and many programs and activities are currently underway across the state.

Small grants will be distributed to organisations that engage SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in initiatives such as (but not limited to):

  • social support groups and networks

  • mainstream anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia and diversity campaigns and programs

  • SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth leadership, mentoring and peer education.

In addition, grants may support organisations to:

  • engage with the emerging SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth platform to improve the quality and reach of services they provide to SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people

  • enhance the capacity of the youth and mainstream health and community sectors to better respond to the needs of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people and challenge discriminatory environments.

Apply

Check out the current grant criteria, guidelines and application form here.

What’s the HEY Project?

The Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project is about improving the quality of life of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young Victorians.

The HEY Project is the first of its kind in Australia and brings together partner organisations specialising in providing unique support and services to SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. By working together, the HEY Project partners are building the capacity of the youth and mental health sectors to effectively coordinate the HEY Grants.

With years of experience and evidence-based practice, the HEY Project is supporting more young people than ever, changing their lives and making a difference to their mental health and wellbeing.

The HEY Project is funded and supported by the Victorian Government.

HEY Partners

Youth Affairs Council Victoria

Youth Affairs Council Victoria is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria.

Zoe Bell Gender Collective

Provides online support, referrals, recommendations and resources for the greater trans and gender diverse community in Victoria. 

Way Out

Based at Cobaw Community Health, Way Out is a state-wide suicide prevention program that targets same sex attracted, bisexual and transgender young people in rural Victoria.

Rainbow Network

Helping members provide safer, more inclusive services for young same sex-attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians.

Safe Schools

Safe Schools is a formal and public commitment that schools make to create an inclusive and safe environment for their school community, including for LGBTI students, families and teachers. 

Peninsula Pride

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.

GLHV

GLHV is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians and the quality of care they receive.

Minus18

Australia's largest youth-led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.

Gasp

The GASP project is Geelong’s safe and inclusive space for young people aged between 12-25.

Diversity Project

Aiming to create a safer, more inclusive and healthier community in the City of Greater Shepparton and beyond for young people who are SSASGD/LGBTIQ+.

Recipients of HEY Grants

Round 6

Round 5

Round 4

Round 3

Round 2

Round 1

Round 6 2016–17

Round 6 saw 13 community groups receive grants of up to $10,000. 

Coburg High School $10,000

‘Stand Out More’ is an initiative for student groups in Moreland to participate in a peer leadership program that aims to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in public speaking, project planning, mentoring, teen mental health first aid and advocacy.

Melba Support Services $10,000

A series of forums for young people who have physical/intellectual disabilities and identify as SSASGD/LGBTIQ+. The goal is to better understand their needs and how they can be best supported by disability service providers.

headspace Mildura $10,000

A range of community awareness activities developed and implemented by the ‘Alphabet Soup’ group, information displays, sessions and workshops throughout the community to increase knowledge and awareness of the issues, concerns and needs faced by SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people.

Swan Hill District Health $10,000

Local social support group to improve social connection to community, and community awareness campaigns to celebrate diversity, raise awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion in an area with minimal access to SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ support services.

Glenelg Shire Council $10,000

Employment of a support worker to coordinate production, promotion and distribution of rural/remote SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ short films and launch of the short films during mental health week in October 2017.

Yarra Ranges City Council $10,000

Two social support programs across different locations in the Yarra Ranges. The first social support program is for young people aged 14-18 who identify as SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ in Yarra Junction, and for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people from 16-25 years at Lilydale Lakeside to engage the student population of Box Hill Institute and neighbouring secondary schools.

Rainbow Connections $5,000

A youth and family group facilitated by a parent volunteer. The grant will maintain the group and increase the capacity to provide support, advocacy and referrals for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people.

Little Box of Pride $10,000

When a young person comes out, their friend or family member can order a free Little Box of Pride, which will contain resources that will guide and celebrate their SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ identities, along with providing them and their families with valuable information and support.

Queer Youth Online $8,500

Queer Youth Online will work with a young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ multimedia professional (under 25) to train 10-15 SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in film, media, social media and SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ advocacy.

QTIPOC Network $5,000

A series of summer workshops/events for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people with support from Schoolhouse Studios and Alterity Collective.

WRITEBACKATCHA $5,000

A write-back service whereby queer and questioning young people can contact SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ people like them, and the organisation of young volunteers will respond with support. This is not intended to be a crisis service, but rather a supportive outreach network. 

Colour Tongues $5,000

Bridgemeals is a monthly community building event created to provide dinner for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers under 25 years. The event will encourage storytelling to foster social connectedness and inclusion.

Rainbow Eagles $4,700

Voluntary young people from La Trobe University will be trained to become peer mental health support volunteers, or ‘Queer Peers’. Volunteers will receive professional training in SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ and work with headspace’s Schools Outreach program.

Round 5 2015–16

Round 5 saw 14 community groups receive grants ranging from $10,000-$40,000.

Merri Community Health Services – Coburg $40,000

A new initiative to reach isolated SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth through a social media campaign called ‘You’re Not Alone.’ The campaign will share personal isolation and connection experiences of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people, high profile Australians, culturally/linguistically diverse young people and professionals, through the medium of film.

Hume City Council Youth Services – Broadmeadows $15,000

The Insight #In2Diversity Project will run events, support groups, awareness campaigns, provide safe spaces and foster positive attitudes in the Broadmeadows community.

Brophy Family & Youth Services – Warrnambool $10,000

Youth United Making Change Against Homophobic Attitudes (YUMCHA) diversity group initiative actions weekly meetings, social events and professional development opportunities for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people.

Cardinia Shire Council – Pakenham $10,000

Supporting young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ people who live in rural towns within Emerald and Koo Wee Rup to improve young people’s social, school and community connectedness through weekly groups based within a school setting, and developing education resources for schools and community groups.

City of Casey – Narre Warren $10,000

The City of Casey Unite Alliance Program will be delivered in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services team and run out of the Narre Warren Youth Information Centre. It will centre around SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth advocacy, support, information workshops, training and promotion to the wider community.

Colac Area Health – Colac $10,000

DYNAMIC (Diverse Youth Networking Against discriMination In Colac) creates an environment to support mental and sexual health of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth by facilitating youth meetings, resource discrimination and access to support services.

Maroondah City Council – Ringwood $10,000

The Equal Sports Project is taking a preventative approach to support the mental health of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people by addressing homophobia and transphobia in Maroondah’s sporting clubs.

Mitchell Shire Council – Wallan $10,000

The project will use art (literature, videos & music) as a tool to platform the voices of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people as well as generate discussions about gender identity in Mitchell Shire.

Wimmera Pride Project – Horsham $10,000

Support for local advertising throughout the Wimmera/Mallee region, inclusive social nights, resources and educational talks with local schools/community groups for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young locals.

Banyule City Council – Rosanna $9,900

Facilitated drama classes at three different schools to explore issues of diversity, gender, sexuality and the role of allies, as well as the development of a social media campaign, youth group, and resources to local schools.

Macedon Ranges Health – Gisborne $7,750

Youth programs and outreach clinic to be delivered from the Macedon Ranges Health Centre for 12-21 year olds, including monthly visits to local secondary schools and expanding outreach within the Gisborne region.

Edmund Rice Education – North Melbourne $5,880

SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ inclusion project at St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre, a specialist school for young people who have disengaged from mainstream education.

Myriad Collective – Northcote $5,000

Two-day art exhibition, performance and community-building event for transgender and sex and gender diverse young artists.

Bayside City Council – Highett $4,800

Support group for young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ people called Full Spectrum in the Highett area.

Round 4 2014–15

Round 4 saw 13 community groups receive grants, with a grand total of $290,000 in funding. 

The People Project – Peninsula Pride/headspace Frankston, $40,000

The project will produce a video and other resources which will tour secondary schools in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula/Westernport area. This idea is based on a parallel approach taken by headspace Frankston to put a personal face to mental health.

‘Start the Conversation’ – Maroondah City Council, $10,000

A steering group of young people will conduct research to understand perceptions about, and treatment of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+youth in Maroondah. The research will be used to develop tailored and responsive workshops for community groups and year 7 students.

‘Stand Up and Stand Out’ – Melbourne High School, $3,700

A SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth discussion day will be held at Melbourne High School to establish connections between different school groups to foster the development of supportive relationships. 

The Zine Project – Jesuit Social Services, $10,000

The project will develop a resource and mixed media/art based magazine developed by and for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people which will be distributed to the broader community. Creative sessions facilitated by artists with an understanding of this group will be run in a safe and supportive environment.

Equal, Courageous, Healthy, Open-minded Youth Group (ECHO) – Headspace Central West Gippsland, $10,000

ECHO will support young people who identify as SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ to improve self-esteem, social connectedness, provide education resources, and support regarding sexual and mental health. The group will be facilitated by headspace staff in the Baw Baw Shire.

‘Schools Out Loud’ – JOY 94.9, $39,472

This project will tailor an 8-week introduction to radio course as an outreach program for students who have restricted access to resources. JOY will partner with ten schools in outer Melbourne and train ten students from each school on the ‘3P’s’ – presenting, producing and podcasting. A dedicated web page will be created so that the diverse audio can be made available to a broader audience.

‘Our Voices, Changing Cultures’ – Multicultural Centre for Women's Health, $40,000

Building resilience, capacity and leadership among young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ women from immigrant and refugee communities is the primary aim of this project. It will develop and deliver community theatre-based workshops to educate and advocate for community-wide approaches to gender and sexual diversity.

Gender Diverse Youth Peer Support Project – Queerspace/Drummond St, $20,000

This project will support gender diverse adolescents to explore their physical and creative selves through arts based leisure and recreational activities and peer initiated and led group discussions.

Making Jewish GLBTI Abuse and Harassment History – Jewish Community Council of Victoria, $22,280

This project aims to reduce homophobia towards Jewish SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth through a community engagement campaign aimed at harm minimisation. A key tool will be an ethnocentric video that will clearly demonstrate the human suffering caused by discrimination.

CREATEing Equality Rainbow Resource – Create Foundation, $40,000

Working with SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in out of home care, this project will develop educational materials for professionals from the perspective of these young people. Current resources do not address ways workers can support young people in care to follow a healthy lifestyle and CREATE has a strong track record in developing resources in similar settings.

Building More Bridges – The Bridge Project/Billanook College, $15,000

Already complete, stage one of the project produced films and resources to help students to understand the issues of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people, offer ideas for change and challenge stereotypes. The next step will share these resources with other schools in the hope of establishing similar projects.

The Rainbow Project – City of Whittlesea, $10,000

This project will create a short film addressing homophobia and transphobia to foster a more inclusive community for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. The Rainbow project will invite young people to develop skills in all aspects of film production and script writing.

Building Worker Capacity to Engage Young SSASGD Carers – Carers Victoria, $30,000

This project builds on the capacity of carer support workers, respite service staff and mainstream youth workers across the state to engage with SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people with caring responsibilities, and consults with SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ throughout design and delivery phases.

Round 3 2013–14

Round 3 allocated $189,297 to 10 projects selected from 34 applications. In total, funding asked for $955,714.

Social Connectedness Grants (grants up to $10,000) – Uniting Care Gippsland $8,700

The Tour De Wellington is a community bike ride and barbeque event organised by the Wellington-based SSASGD group 'So Wot'. The Tour De Wellington will raise awareness of the issues that young SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ people face in rural areas, while at the same time providing an opportunity for family, friends, community members, other youth groups and service providers to come together. 

Hume City Council $10,000 

The Rainbow Glitter Ball (Glitter = Gay Lesbian Intersex Transgender Together Everyone’s Respected) will respond to the concerns of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in the Hume municipality by providing a formal ball where they can bring their same sex partners. Young people will form an organising committee (the “Glitter Committee”) and meet on a regular basis at Craigieburn Youth Centre to organise the event, including marketing, catering, guests, decorations and theme for the ball. Hume City Council Youth Workers will support the group through this process and provide resources and information from their local community.

UN Youth Australia $10,000 

In IDAHOT week 2014, UN Youth Victoria will host the UN Youth Human Rights Summit on SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth rights at home and abroad. The Summit will be a two day SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth conference with over 250 secondary school-aged students gathering in the Melbourne CBD to educate participants about LGBTIQ+ issues and anti-SSASGD prejudice from a local and global perspective and train them to tackle these issues, locally and globally.

City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services $10,000

The Unite project aims to improve the quality of life of young people who identify as SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ and living, working or spending significant time in the City of Greater Dandenong.  It will create a platform for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people to advocate for change in their community and provide advice on how Council services can be more inclusive.

Nillumbik Health $9,800

The Creatively Intervening Earlier project will support young people to form a youth-led early intervention education team using a Diversity-Straight Alliance model. This team will provide simple, general diversity focused education activities in local primary schools using creative mediums such as performance and dramatic art.

Cardinia Shire Council $10,000

The Cardinia SSASGD Project will respond to requests from young people across the 27 rural towns in the Cardinia community by delivering a SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ social support group. Funds will cover social outings, transport, guest speakers, workshops, venue hire, staff training and resources for activities developing information, support and advice, educational and development workshops, and social and recreational activities. 

Banyule City Council $9,750

The Banyule Youth Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) will provide a space for young people aged 14 – 25 years with a connection to the Banyule area (or surrounds) who identify as SSASGD/LGBTIQ+. The group will be guided to develop a program that will provide social and recreational opportunities, personal development, health promotion and referral connections with the overarching aim being to support young people to develop meaningful resilience, connections and positive self-care. 

Inclusive Communities Grants (grants up to $40,000)

Brophy Family and Youth Services $40,000

The Safe in the South West project will strengthen the capacity of the Warrnambool community in supporting SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people by working in partnership with them to identify and priorities areas for action. It will also work closely with the existing YUMCHA Working Group to identify key decisions, strategies and directions. This will include working with local businesses and services to provide safe zones, and working with schools to identify strategies to support diversity and inclusion.

Transgender Victoria $40,000

What Makes an Ally? is a community development project that will develop a print and web-based campaign promoting supportive relationships between young trans* people and their non-trans* (Cis) allies and communities. The project aims to develop emotional resilience in young trans* people through increased visibility and social inclusion. The themes and messages for the campaign will be developed via four workshops (one in a regional venue) with young trans* people and trans* Cis allies to explore how to identify existing and potential allies; creative ways to seek, maintain and strengthen healthy ally relationships; and understanding the impact of mental health on relationships.

Merri Community Health Services (YGLAM Theatre) $39,500

This project joins the Theatre and Education Pilot Project YGLAM, a community arts project for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people, in partnership with the Safe Schools Coalition and four schools. Representatives from selected schools will participate in workshops that use theatre methods to explore the ways in which discrimination occurs and stimulate conversation about safety and inclusion for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. The project will be digitally recorded by a team of youth participants from YouthWorx Media and a film will be produced.

Round 2

Round 2 allocated over $200,000 to eight projects selected from 41 applications which asked for a combined total of $1,138,986 in funding. 

‘We’re in and we’re out’: For discrimination free zones in community sporting clubs’ – Leisure Networks Inc. $36,500

Led by Leisure Networks and delivered in partnership with City of Greater Geelong’s Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Project (GASP), the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and Victoria University’s School of Sports and Exercise Science (VU) and the School of Social Work (VU), this project aims to create safe and welcoming community sporting clubs for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in the Barwon South-West Region. 

‘Gay As...Projects Hub’ – Banksia Gardens Community Services $36,500

This innovative, youth-led project will establish a Hub in Craigieburn to provide early intervention and support to local SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. Working closely with local secondary schools, and with youth-focused agencies in the local community, the Hub will provide strong links to information, services, creative outlets, support networks, friendships, training and education opportunities for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people and their families. 

‘Shades of Queer: An integrated approach to supporting the wellbeing of SSASGD young people’ –Lighthouse Foundation $36,500

This project will re-activate an in-house social support group for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people engaged in the Lighthouse Foundation program, and develop a network between similar groups running in generalist youth mental health organisations. It will also develop and implement a training program and resource aimed at increasing the competency of workers in residential care services to better engage with SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. 

‘Prevention ♠ Promotion  ♠ Community’ – EACH $36,500

This project will deliver an integrated program of services to enhance mental health outcomes for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in Melbourne's eastern metropolitan region, including workshops, design and delivery of an innovative mental health resource and parent resources. It combines the approach of direct service delivery, skills training, health promotion and resource generation, and strengthening community and family connections.

Billanook College $28,400

Lead by Year 10 students, this creative peer education project will explore and challenge homophobic and transphobic attitudes within Billanook College and take these learnings to other schools. The project will include script writing, filmmaking, and the development of a peer training/discussion guide to go with films, ultimately aiming to create attitudinal change across school communities in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. 

‘Same Sex Attracted Friendly Environment (SSAFE) Project’ – Nexus Primary Health $27,399

The Same Sex Attracted Friendly Environment (SSAFE) Project aims to promote and encourage continued community engagement with local services, schools, and social/sporting clubs. The project will involve young people in Nexus Primary Health’s plans as they establish various SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ services in the region, including a fortnightly SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ group for young people aged 14 to 25 living within the Mitchell Shire. The group aims to offer support, advice and empowerment for rural young people, some of who may be highly vulnerable or feel socially isolated due to their rural location.

‘Queer youth on air’ – SYN FM $10,000

Queer Youth On Air will give 20 SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people the opportunity to plan, produce and present their own radio program. Young people will take part in a 3 day training program and be supported to develop content for 10 weekly slots that will air on SYN FM and be available online.

‘Gay straight alliance group’ – Overnewton Anglican Community College $2,000

This project will establish a ‘Gay Straight Alliance Group’ within the Senior School of our College (years 10 -12). This group will create a safe space for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ students to connect with other students and staff and further explore issues around sexual diversity. The group will also be responsible for actively promoting awareness of the impact of homophobic bullying throughout the school. 

Round 1

Round 1 allocated over $180,000 to projects designed to support the health and well being of SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. YACVic received 35 applications for HEY Grants in round one, asking for a total of $999,500 of funding. 

Mildura Base Hospital (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) $29,500

To improve services offered to SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth within the Mildura region by providing training to frontline workers in gender and cultural diversity and building a community of practice for youth and gender diverse support services. 

YGender (Drummond Street Services) $12,295

Provide for a safe, supported transgender specific youth group at Drummond Street Services in Carlton. YGender will engage SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people in empowerment projects, leadership opportunities, support through web-based resources, and events during International Transgender Day.

SKYS OUT LOUD (St Kilda Youth Service) $30,000

SKYS OUT LOUD is community development collaboration between St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS), headspace Southern Melbourne, and SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people. The project will provide a weekly support group for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people, facilitated by a youth worker and a clinical practitioner from headspace where required. The youth group will also be involved in the development of a local Mental Health Awareness Campaign within the City of Port Phillip with a focus on challenging discrimination and demonstrating its impact on SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people.

Grampians Community Health $40,000

Addressing an identified gap in local support and youth engagement activities in the western region for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people by establishing the first youth group in the Central and Wimmera regions. The broad approach involves offering opportunities for social connectedness, empowerment and reducing isolation, as well as engaging local services, sports clubs and schools to encourage diversity and inclusive policies. 

Brimbank Youth Services $27,500

Brimbank Youth Services will work with three local secondary schools to develop and implement a range of strategies to reduce discrimination and celebrate sexual diversity within school communities. Using Pridentity in Action (inclusive sexuality curriculum schools resource) as well as the Safe Schools Coalition program, the project creates opportunities for youth-lead advocacy and awareness-raising activities within school. It will also provide training and professional development to school staff and ensure anti-bullying policies and procedures are adopted, and individual support to students where necessary through enhanced linkages between the schools, youth service, headspace and community health agencies.

The Centre for Multicultural Youth $40,000

SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ youth from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities often feel the compounding effects of discrimination and racism as well as particular cultural tensions that can result in isolation, a lack of support from family and an ‘invisibility’ within mainstream community services. This project has a particular focus on their needs, engaging them in a youth participation project to promote positive representation in the broader community.

Youth Assist Clinic (South Gippsland Hospital) $7,000

A partnership between South Gippsland Hospital, Foster Medical Clinic and South Gippsland Secondary College, the Youth Assist Clinic (YAC) is a new free, confidential youth service operating within the Corner Inlet, Gippsland. YAC seeks to raise and embed awareness of the issues faced by SSASGD/LGBTIQ+young people within their community, as well as in its own practices. The Clinic aims to provide a youth drop-in centre for SSASGD/LGBTIQ+ young people to meet and engage in community program development.