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During the 2021 festival season, we continued our program of community grants supported by our valued partners. Three grants programs were delivered, the ANZ Community Grants, Google Parade Grants and the inaugural Parade Viewing Grants supported by Facebook Australia injecting a total $242,000 into our communities.
Grant program highlights included:
- The ANZ and Mardi Gras Community Grants delivered $88,000 to eleven not-for-profit organisations, community groups and individuals for projects, including education and training, community development and creation, and arts and culture, making positive impacts on the LGBTQI+ community nationally. This was the third year that this program has provided financial support. Recipients included: ACON’s Pride in Sport Australia, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative, Frontyard Projects Inc, GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc, Jamila Main, Jess Permezel, LGBTQI Domestic Violent Awareness Foundation, Low Standards, The Mischief Sisters, Spectrum App and Tanzer.
- The Google and Mardi Gras Parade Grants delivered $54,000 to support 27 entries to the Mardi Gras Parade, helping groups marching in the Parade to create extraordinary float experiences.
- The Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event Grants (supported by Facebook Australia) were designed to support small business, arts and culture sectors by providing funding to hospitality venues to employ LGBTQI+ artists, DJs and entertainers to perform as part of an Official Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event. A grant pool of $100,000 was awarded to 30 venues around the country. The program saw over 200 LGBTQI+ artists, DJs and entertainers and 226 event staff employed. The hosting venues saw a combine revenue of $300,000. After such a challenging year, we are glad that we could support venues and our LGBTQI+ artists in this way.
Since 2016, Mardi Gras and its partners have delivered over $1.2 million in funds to support the LGBTQI+ community.