Today, ANZ and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras opened applications for its national LGBTIQ+ community grants program.

ANZ research shows that almost half a million Australian LGBTIQ+ community members (1 in every 4) are still not comfortable being their true selves and discussing their sexuality and gender identity with their loved ones or friends.

The ​ANZ and Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants​ program aims to increase support and inclusivity for the LGBTIQ+ community nationwide, providing grants of up to $10,000 to LGBTIQ+ not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals.

ANZ Executive Sponsor of the Pride Network and ANZ Chief Finance Officer, Michelle Jablko said:​ “Earlier this year ANZ spread Mardi Gras love to 123 Oxford Streets across Australia as there’s still a lot to do to achieve an equal future for all. As a champion of diversity, inclusion and respect, ANZ is proud to launch the program for a second year and continue providing support to LGBTIQ+ communities and individuals. We’re excited to see how the 2019 grants can help more community groups and individuals.”

The​ ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants​ program provides financial funding for a wide range of purposes including Education and Training, Creation, Arts and Culture, and Community Development – anything under the rainbow. In its first year in 2018, the program awarded grants to 18 community groups and individuals across Australia.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Board Co-Chair, Kate Wickett said: “Last year’s grants program provided funding to a diverse range of recipients under the LGBTIQ+ umbrella. We were able to highlight the incredible work of organisations and individuals making an impact to the community in everything from sports, arts, music, wellbeing and beyond. We continue to be passionate in helping support other organisations and individuals to continue touching the lives of the LBGTIQ+ community.”

Applications for ​ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants​ are open from today, 28 August until 6 October, with successful applicants announced on 28 October 2019.

To apply and find out more information, visit ​