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. 

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. 

Essential information

Submissions close  11:59pm 9 Friday October 2020.

NOTE: A proofreading error on the application forms lists another due date, which was 12 October 2020 (which is a Monday, not a Thursday like we said on the forms). The forms have been amended, but due to this error, we will still consider grants submitted to the later date of 11:59pm Monday 12 October 2020.


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