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Google Mardi Gras Parade Grants

THE MARDI GRAS COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM provides funding to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups, allowing these organisations to deliver their messages loudly, proudly and clearly during the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Grants are targeted to help enhance the overall parade experience, rather than to fund basic amenities for your float or Parade entry. Applicants can also apply to have their parade entry fee waived by demonstrating their need and strong relevance to the LGBTQI community. Grants will be awarded to the most compelling applicants of between $1,000 - $5,000.



Australian individuals, not-for-profit organisations or community groups can register for this grant. 
Please ensure you have received an approval notification from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) to enter the 2019 Parade.
Please also ensure you have a registered ABN for payment otherwise high taxation applies to grants.



MARDI GRAS COMMUNITY GRANTS supported by Google aim to fund a diverse range of ideas that will lift your float to a completely new artistic level.

Applicants whose parade entry responds to SGLMG annual theme (for 2019 the theme is FEARLESS) will be considered favourably, however this is not a requirement.

Grants will be approved based on the detailing following criteria:

•       Application that demonstrate a high level of artistic merit
•       Applications that demonstrate a clear message
•       Relevance to the LGBTQI community
•       Good planning and affective use of resources

AREAS OF SUPPORT INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

•    Material or freight costs
•    Additional decorative items or structures
•    Costuming and make-up
•    Choreographer fees
•    Design development expenses
•    AV and audio equipment hire


  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Vehicle hire, or
  • Administration costs (including staff expenses)


We recommend that each grant registrant takes the time to thoroughly fill out the registration form. Be succinct where possible, but keep in mind that we want to hear all the magnificent details of your entry. Where you find questions inapplicable, please mark N/A.
As the grant budget is limited, not all entries can be funded. It is up to the discretion of the grants committee to nominate the amount granted – this may be the full amount requested or part of it.
Registrations should be realistic in grant request amounts and all funding requests will need to be supported by documentation.
The maximum allocation of funds is $5,000.
When completing the financial section of the application form, your budget should be supported by quotes and invoices. Where possible, you must provide at least 2 possible quotes. If successful, you may need to keep the receipts and report expenditure of your grant.
Please feel free to add any further information, images, designs, or other documentation that you feel will add to your application.


All MARDI GRAS PARADE GRANTS recipients are required to acknowledge Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Google’s support in marketing and promotional activity, including social media, relating to their Parade entry, using the tag line:

“[Organisation’s Name] is a proud recipient of a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Community Parade Grant, supported by Google.”

(line acknowledgement only, logo acknowledgement not necessary)

Grant recipients are required to demonstrate acknowledgement in grant acquittals.

Grant recipients are not expected to acknowledge the above on physical parade floats or key messaging.


Applications are now closed. All applicants will be notified of the outcome on Monday 21 January 2019.

If you have any questions or require assistance with your application, please email grants@mardigrasarts.org.au with the subject MARDI GRAS PARADE GRANTS Registration or call (02) 9383 0900.