Aurora Grants Program

Pic: All 4 One Youth LGBTIQ Group, past Aurora Grant recipient. 

Aurora Grants Program – 2019-20 Grants Round Now Open!

We’re excited to open our Grants Round for 2019-20. If you have a project in mind that will support the LGBTIQ community, consider applying by 4th November for an Aurora Small Grant now!

Aurora exists to raise funds to support the LGBTIQ community in a spirit of generosity, sharing and celebration.

Our Small Grants program is one of the key ways in which we achieve this goal – through funds raised by our generous supporters at our Annual Ball and other events throughout the year.

Since Aurora’s beginnings in 1999, we have proudly supported organisations across NSW to run powerful projects for and by the LGBTIQ community – giving grants worth over $1 million throughout our 20-year history. We support a wide range of project from youth outreach to legal support, education to counseling and creative projects.

Today Aurora’s annual Small Grants Program sits alongside our funding for our major partner Twenty10 incorporating the Gay & Lesbian Counseling Service NSW (GLCSNSW) – to allow Aurora to fund projects that benefit a broad cross-section of the LGBTIQ community.

Aurora prides itself on the support we provide to a wide range of issues in LGBTIQ communities in NSW, particularly those that struggle to gain the support of government or other community fundraising. We currently have a focus on:

● Youth (under 35s)
● People from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD)
● People from rural, regional and/or remote communities; and
● Older LGBTIQ people, including those living in aged care.

Below you will find information on how to apply to Aurora for a grant and the timeline we follow.

How To Apply

1. Ensure you read our Small Grants Guidelines and Conditions carefully.
2. Complete the 2019-20 Small Grants Application Form as a word document.
3. Ensure you attach a budget for your project using our Budget Template and also evidence of your DGR Status.
4. Send it in to and copy by COB Monday 4 November 2019.

Need help filling out the Application Form? If you need assistance filling out the Application Form for any reason, contact Joy on 0412 084 782 or Dan on 0422 354 033 and we will assist you.

Remember, submit your application by the closing date of Monday 4th November to be considered!

Maximum of $7,500

Aurora increased our maximum grant amount to $7,500 in 2017 and will again be offering Small Grants up to $7,500 in 2019-20.

2019-20 Special Grant Available

This year, Aurora is again pleased to offer a Special Grant through the support of Westpac Group.

The Special Grants is available for organisations wanting to deliver a project over a two year period, with funding of $5000 each year ($10,000 over two years). This project must address the needs of LGBTIQ people in one or more of the following focus areas: youth (under 35), older LGBTIQ people (over 65), rural or regional, and/or people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

To apply, fill out the general Aurora Grants Application Form, and also ensure you fill out the optional Section 4 on Special Grants. Please also ensure you submit a budget that includes $5000 for Year 1 and $5000 for Year 2 of your project – you can use the budget template linked to above.

Selection Criteria

Your application will be measured against the following selection criteria:
Do you qualify: whether your project qualifies for Aurora funding (do you have DGR status, is the project for something that Aurora does not fund);
Benefit: how your project or activity will benefit the LGBTIQ community;
Alignment: how your project aligns with Aurora’s vision and focus areas;
Objectives and strategies: the aims & objectives of your project and the demonstrated effectiveness of the strategies you propose to achieve those aims;
Feasibility of budget & timeframe: the feasibility of your project budget and timeframe (including detailed breakdown of income and expenditure); and
Capacity to deliver: your experience and/or demonstrated capacity to deliver the project.

DGR Status

As a charitable foundation that offers tax deductions for donations, we are only able to give grants to organisations that hold Deductible Gift Recipient Status (Item 1) with the Australian Taxation Office.

To find out how to obtain endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient, visit the Australian Taxation Office website.

For the benefit of LGBTIQ communities in NSW

Your organisation does not need to be a LGBTIQ community organisation, but the project you are seeking funding for must be focused on providing support to LGBTIQ communities in NSW. For example, Aurora is pleased to have funded both LGBTIQ organisations over many years such as the Gender Centre, as well as organisations undertaking LGBTIQ-specific projects and outreach, such as the Cancer Council.

Are there things Aurora does not fund?

Please note Aurora does not provide funding for the following:

● In acknowledgement that there are more options to fund projects addressing HIV/AIDS compared with other issues affecting LGBTIQ communities, Aurora does not fund solely HIV/AIDS related projects.

We also do not fund:

● Entertainment events such as dance parties and picnics
● Existing and on-going wages/positions within an organisation
● Projects that receive on-going funding from other sources (eg: Government funded projects)
● Airfares, accommodation and personal expenses
● Advertising
● Capital works or office equipment
● Projects that don’t align with Aurora’s vision and values


Applications for Small Grants generally open in October each year and close in late October/early November.

Applications will be considered between November and December with successful applicants informed before the end of year. It is advisable that funded projects not be due to begin until after 1st February.

The 2019-20 Small Grants Round is now open and calling for applications. Please submit your application using the links above by COB Monday 4th November 2018.


Successful applicants are required to provide an acquittal of the project by end October each year.

If the project is not finished by this date another progress report is still required before that organisation can apply for funds again. An acquittal form will be provided to you if you are successful in receiving a grant.
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Have questions?

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