Do you: have an idea for supporting LGBTIQA+ young people? Apply for a HEY grant

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant stress for LGBTIQA+ young people, with social isolation, changes to services, insecure work and housing. 

In response, Youth Affairs Council Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government, has opened the 2020 round of the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Grants to provide $10,000 of support for initiatives aimed at supporting LGBTIQA+ young people’s mental health and wellbeing through COVID-19 and beyond. 

Grants of $10,000 are available for projects and initiatives aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young Victorians. There's a special grant category for youth-led initiatives too. 

Over 10 years, HEY Grants have supported over 99 organisations with $1.1 million of funding directed to assist LGBTQIA+ young people's mental health and well-being. 

This year we will be running a free grants writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for a HEY Grant on Thursday 17 September from 2pm to 3.30pm. You can register for the workshop here

YACVic encourages organisations work with young people with disability, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to apply for the 2020 HEY Grants. Check out the info on the HEY Partners and HEY Grants. Download the HEY Grants Criteria and Guidelines below, and then follow the apply link once you’re ready to complete an application. 

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All inquiries should be directed to Briar Rolfe (they/them), Rainbow Projects and Communications Officer at Briar works Monday to Thursdays. Alternatively, you can contact