Lesbians Incorporated: Community Grants Round One 2023

Lesbians Incorporated (LInc) is a not-for-profit organisation in Australia that advocates for lesbians. Since 2000, Lesbians Inc has provided financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia. LInc has established a Community Grants Program to give out $10,000 in grants (up to $1000 per grant) per round.

LInc grants for round one of 2023 will be open from Friday, February 3rd and submissions will close Friday, 31st of March, 2023. Recipients for round one 2023 grants will be announced by Monday, 22th of May, 2023.  No grant money will be paid out until grants are announced. A future grant round (round two) will be available later in 2023, please follow our social media for more information.  

To be eligible for funding, projects must demonstrate that they:

  • meet an identified social, cultural, educational, health, welfare, recreational, personal development or legal need of the lesbian community;
  • target discrimination against lesbians and/or aim to improve the civil rights and/or status of lesbians within the general community;
  • aim to improve the access of lesbians to programs, services, activities and opportunities available to the general community;
  • aim to increase the vocational training and/or employment opportunities of lesbians.

Projects may aim to benefit the lesbian community in general or one or more groups within the lesbian community. Groups may be racial, cultural, geographic, or may have specific identified needs or shared interests and concerns. LInc considers the children of lesbians as part of the lesbian community.


Individual lesbians or lesbian based/lesbian friendly non profit organisations from throughout Australia are eligible to apply for funds. Applicants will need to demonstrate expertise or experience relevant to the project.

Grants are not available to assist businesses. Current members of the LInc Committee are ineligible for this program.


Eligible projects are those which reflect the objectives of the Community Grants Program and fall within a category appropriate to the funding program. Categories are:

  • Literary, visual or performing arts activities or functions
  • Social functions
  • Classes or workshops
  • Production of information or resources for educational or promotional purposes
  • Support groups or services
  • Advisory services
  • Sporting and recreational activities or functions
  • Other appropriate activities or services approved by LInc


Funds available under the Community Grants Program are limited. This means that not all applications for funding will be successful. Priority in funding will be given to projects which:

  • clearly demonstrate how the project meets one or more of the program objectives
  • have the potential for a range of positive outcomes for lesbians
  • will benefit a wide range of lesbians or a specific population group of the lesbian community
  • are likely to be successfully implemented
  • make effective use of grant funds

Applications are particularly encouraged from lesbians who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, lesbians with disabilities, lesbians from non-English speaking backgrounds and lesbians in non-metropolitan communities.

Grants are available for up to $1000 per successful application.


The provision of funds is conditional on the project being successfully undertaken. The nature or objectives of funded projects must not be altered in any way without the prior written consent of LInc. Failure to implement the project, or varying the nature or objectives of funded projects without consent, may result in applicants being required to return the grant. Successful applicants will be required to sign an undertaking agreeing to these conditions. LInc requests that grant recipients acknowledge our organisation as a funding source where appropriate.


Grant funds may be used for purposes such as:

  • the purchase of relevant materials, resources or equipment
  • hiring charges including hire of a venue
  • printing or advertising costs
  • transport costs
  • fees charged for relevant services
  • administrative costs (eg postage, photocopying)
  • other appropriate purposes approved by LInc

Funds will generally not be provided for the payment of wages to individuals or organisations.

The LINC Committee will make decisions on funding applications. Applicants who are unsuccessful may re-submit their proposal to future funding rounds.


Round 1: Will open on February 3rd; submissions will close on March 31st 2023. With recipients being announced by Monday, May 8th, 2023

Round 2: Submissions will open on Tuesday, August 1st 2023
Submissions will close Friday, 10th September 2023, at midnight
Recipients announced by Friday 9th, October 2023

Please note, that no grant monies are dispersed before the announcement dates as listed above.


Get in touch via Lesbians Incorporated's website, Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Congratulations! We're pleased to inform you that your application has been selected for funding from Lesbians Incorporated for round one 2023.

Please complete the acceptance form, including your bank details.

By completing the acceptance form and providing the requested information you are agreeing to the terms of the funding (see below).

In order to publicise the grants, we also invite you to provide:
* brief information about your project
* website & social media profiles (especially Facebook and Twitter)
* at least one high-quality photo for social media/newsletter purposes

Applications received by Lesbians Incorporated for Round One 2022 included a diverse range of high-quality projects. Community projects that provide a glimpse into the dedication, focus and creative talents of lesbians and lesbian-friendly organisations across Australia.
The LInc Committee is made up entirely of volunteers. We each independently ranked the applications against the selection criteria for the community grants scheme. Lesbians Incorporated has established a Community Grants Program to give out up to $10,000 in grants (up to $1000 per grant). Funded applications are determined by this process and by the amount of money we have available for each round.
The latest round of community grants encouraged applications from lesbians who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, lesbians with disabilities, lesbians from non-English speaking backgrounds and lesbians in non-metropolitan communities.
We encourage you to announce through your own communications and social media channels that you have received a grant from Lesbians Inc. We appreciate being provided with photos, links to social media, and publicity material you have so we can help promote your project which is funded by the Lesbians Incorporated grants through our social networks. Please send these to comms@lincgrants.org.au

In the About Us section of our website you can download a LInc logo pack.
When your project is completed, please provide reports of funded projects to comms@lincgrants.org.au

If you have any questions about the process at all please feel free to reach out to us. And if you haven't already, follow us online:

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Congratulations once again!

Deb Hayes
LInc Treasurer

Where appropriate, grant recipients will acknowledge our organisation as a funding source.
Funding is provided for the project as described in the application form.
Alterations to projects require the prior written consent of LInc.
Within 30 days of the completion of the project, applicants will provide LInc with a brief account of how well it fulfilled its intended purpose.
Any money not spent as specified in the application must be returned to LInc.
Failure to comply with the above conditions may result in future funding requests by the applicant being ruled ineligible

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