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ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras

Community Grants


To extend ANZ and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras' support and commitment to the LGBTIQ+ community beyond the Mardi Gras festivities, we developed the ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants. Now in its third year, the grants provide financial funding for a wide range of purposes including education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture – anything under the rainbow.  

In partnership with Sydney Mardi Gras, we're awarding grants of up to $10,000 to LGBTIQ+ not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals doing work to help support Australian LGBTIQ+ communities.



Grant Recipients 2020


We're proud to announce the 11 recipients for the 2020 ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants program. 


Watch below as grants ambassador and celebrity chef Khanh Ong interviews music and film artist Tanzer about her project. 


ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants Program 2020 Recipients:


ACON’s Pride in Sport program is Australia’s first and only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to achieve best practice as benchmarked by the Pride in Sport Index. This helps create inclusive spaces though the reduction of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia stigma and discrimination, and better health outcomes for LGBTQI+ people. This grant will allow ACON to build the capacity of two national sporting organisations through a 12 month consultation partnership, dedicated LGBTQ Mental Health Awareness Training, development of sport specific LGBTQI+ resources, social media campaign and visibility items for the sport to utilise in showing their allyship to the LGBTQI+ community.
Boomalli provides a safe space for artists to express their sexual orientation and identity through the visual lens. The grant will help produce an art exhibition that will highlight and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI+ artists and communities. The exhibition will be curated by Aboriginal artist, Dennis Golding, and will be available to view in person or online via a virtual tour using 360 technology.
Queering Money Management is an education-focussed initiative collaborating with leading LGBTQI+ accountants and creative professionals to deliver interactive and engaging financial literacy workshops for LGBTQI+ youth. The workshop series will be offered to LGBTQI+ youth across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne at no cost. Queering Money Management is an LGBTQI+ community-focussed collaboration between Frontyard Projects, The Accountability Institute and Monash University, endorsed by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and creative performing artist, Karen from Finance. The workshops will enable LGBTQI+ youth to make informed financial decisions and help them to build future resilience.
A community-run event that celebrates LGBTQI+ pride and builds an environment where people can feel safe, be themselves and connect with new people. The core focus is to provide a safe space for LGBTQI+ elders and the wider community to come together and connect through dance, games and social interaction, with many positive benefits to the community especially following the effect of COVID-19. A youth LGBTIQ+ dance will also be held to support young people. 
Actor and playwright, Jamila Main, will stage her new play 'Butterfly Kicks' in Adelaide in 2021. The story follows Milla, Annabel, and Bea as they ride a wave of consequences of visible queerness in post-plebiscite Australia. The project will be produced with a queer, professional, award-winning team that includes trans and disabled artists and queer people of colour. The play will also be livestreamed for interstate and international audiences. 
This grant will help Jess Permezel create a website that will provide free and culturally safe childbirth education resources for LGBTQI+ individuals and families. The first of its kind in Australia, this website will address the urgent need for resources and information specific to LGBTQI+ folks who are preparing for childbirth and early parenting. The website also aims to become a key resource for educating perinatal care providers on LGBTQI+ safe and inclusive practice.
The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation was established to help end domestic, family and intimate partner violence (DFV) and abuse within LGBTQI+ communities. This grant will help to increase visibility through an awareness campaign and will support workplaces, educational institutions and the broader community to observe annual LGBTQI+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day campaigns through targeted information and resources.
Created by twins Jeremy and Bedelia Lowrencev, two young, queer, disabled artists from Western Sydney, ‘Low Standards’ is a multi-disciplinary, devised theatre piece working across physical theatre, verbatim and audio art, specifically developing the new discipline Auslan Choreography and told through Auslan dialect. This experience will connect artists within and across these communities, and drive visibility of queer and disabled people in the arts sector. 
This duo of storytellers plan to make a world class short film on the work of Dr Mark Cross, a psychiatrist specialising in LGBTQI+ issues. The film, whilst beautiful and warm, won’t be afraid to deal with the darker side of anxiety issues within the community and will bring Dr Cross’ message of kindness and hope to his own community and a broader audience. The audience will also learn how to deal with their own anxieties using his techniques.
Spectrum is a market first, queer community app made in Australia that  allows users to find, rate and add safe spaces, as well as providing a knowledge base for LGBTQI+ issues such as coming out, sexual health and community stories. Additionally, Spectrum has a list of emergency contacts, and a fully customisable user profile. To help overcome the mental health challenges of COVID-19, Spectrum aims to expand to include an Events feature, acting as a centralised hub where users can access events from a range of queer organisations that focus on bringing the community together.
Award-winning queer music and film artist Tanzer will produce Disco Instamatic, a large-scale video art installation with an original disco soundtrack and will allow visitors an experience like stepping inside a music video. This immersive hyper-colour celebration of queer identity will incorporate video portraits of 20 multidisciplinary artists within the alternative queer community of Victoria. The free exhibit will be presented at Abbotsford Convent and launched online via YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, with hopes of touring nationally.

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ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the many ways we demonstrate the importance we place on diversity in the workplace.


Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras provides the opportunity for LGBTIQ+ individuals and groups to celebrate through events which promote a global message of diversity and inclusion. In a similar way, ANZ supports our people to do their best and we aim to build a culture where the talents, experience and perspectives of all our people are valued, regardless of their gender, race, age or sexual orientation.


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