A report by Our Community and The Channel
The LGBTIQ+ community makes up a significant proportion of the Australian population...
of Australians are of diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender identity (2.7 million people)Source: Australian Human Rights Commission
… and while LGBTIQ+ Australians often live happy, successful lives, a long history of injustice has resulted in an LGBTIQ+ community with complex needs that must be addressed.
of LGBTIQ+ people have experienced homelessness (vs 13.4% of heterosexual people). Family conflict and rejection because of sexual orientation or gender identity has been identified as a major cause of homelessness for LGBTIQ+ communities.Source: GALFA LGBTQ Homelessness Research Project
of LGBTIQ+ people hide their sexuality or gender identity in public (and 33.6% when accessing services) for fear of heterosexist violence or discrimination.Source: Private Lives 2 Report
of homophobic bullying involving LGBTIQ+ young people occurs at school. This has a profound impact on well-being and education.Source: Australian Human Rights Commission
We know the problems are eminently fixable…
of LGBTIQ+ young people at schools with protective policies in place feel safe
of those at schools who don’t have these policies.Source: Australian Human Rights Commission
LGBTIQ+ employees who are ‘out’ to everyone at work are:
more likely to
innovate than workers who are not out to everyone
more likely to
work highly effectively in their team
more likely to
provide excellent customer/client service
… and most Australians are already on the side of equality.
of Aussies voted yes in the marriage equality postal vote.
The number of donations to LGBTIQ+ projects through GiveNow is increasing year on year.
The resources are available to create change…
in grants is given away to Australian community groups each year.
… but only a small proportion of that big pile of cash is given to LGBTIQ+ projects.
grant applications for LGBTIQ+ causes out of 45,155 approved applications
grant applications for LGBTIQ+ causes out of 23,188 approved applications
grant applications for LGBTIQ+ causes out of 8,338 total approved applications
grant applications for LGBTIQ+ causes out of 2,882 total approved applications
The Australian philanthropic community could do much better in funding LGBTIQ+ projects.
or only $1.5m of the $374.5m in philanthropic funding shown on Philanthropy Australia’s Foundation Maps went to LGBTIQ+-specific projects, of which $1.4 million (93%) was dedicated to the marriage equality campaign.
LGBTIQ+ groups* are surviving on the smell of an oily rag.
of LGBTIQ+ groups have an annual budget of less than $10,000
Most of them are primarily ‘self-funded’Source: National LGBTIQ+ Community Impact Report
So the question is, why is so little funding going to LGBTIQ+ groups? Well, here’s what we know:
The Australian LGBTIQ+ community is not highly formalised.
In 2016, there were only
registered charities dedicated to serving the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia.Source: Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission
Most philanthropic organisations can only fund registered charities...
Which means the funding is only going to a few LGBTIQ+ charities, or to charities that run LGBTIQ+ projects but are not community-led.
LGBTIQ+ projects are not well targeted by any funder, which may discourage LGBTIQ+ groups and those running LGBTIQ+ projects from applying.
or 17 grant programs specifically focused on LGBTIQ+
or 30 grant programs specifically mentioned LGBTIQ+Source: SmartyGrants (2013-2018)
Perhaps as a result, LGBTIQ+ projects are underrepresented in the number of grant submissions that are lodged each year…
or 431 grant applications specifically focused on LGBTIQ+
or 973 grant applications mentioned LGBTIQ+at least one application Source: SmartyGrants (2013-2018)
And most grants programs receive only 1 application for an LGBTIQ+-focused project.
The Channel is working hard to increase funding to the LGBTIQ+ community, but you can also take action — find out more
This report has been prepared by Our Community's Innovation Lab, which is home to a social sector-specific data science lab; helping the not-for-profit sector to collect, distil, understand and act on data like never before.