NOMINATIONS for GLOBE’s Community Grants are now open, with $25,000 in grants set to be donated to Victoria’s LGBTI community.

This year there will be three grant categories available: community grants of up to $2,000 for organisations, the GLOBE scholarship of up to $1,000 for LGBTI students and early career professionals, and the inaugural GLOBE small business grant of $4,000.

GLOBE has a longstanding history of providing financial support to Victoria’s LGBTI community, having donated $60,000 to the community over the past 25 years.

President David Micallef said the 2017 GLOBE Community Grants are the largest to date.

“GLOBE will be investing $25,000 into Victoria’s LGBTI community through our range of grants,” he said.

“Thanks to the support of the Victorian Government, our corporate sponsors, and our membership, every event we hold throughout the year becomes a fundraiser for our GLOBE Community Grants.

“Following a successful year of growth in 2016, we are able to give back to our community with the largest GLOBE Community Grants in our 25-year history.”

The inaugural GLOBE small business grant will provide GLOBE members who are small business owners with the opportunity to develop, expand, and promote their business.

Finalists for the grant will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel at a special event in June.

Micallef said as the voice of Melbourne’s LGBTI business owners, GLOBE is proud to launch the small business grant.

“We are seeking to foster Melbourne’s vibrant and growing LGBTI business culture by providing a grant of up to $4,000 to innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners,” he said.

Last year’s GLOBE scholarship recipient Rebeckah Loveday said the scholarship provided the opportunity for her to advance her career.

“It gave me the skills and self-belief to progress professionally,” she said.

“I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – this was to become a qualified trainer so I could deliver LGBTI awareness training, specifically on trans and gender diversity to organisations.

“It also allowed me to develop my knowledge where I was able to utilise my life experience to educate others, breaking down barriers and stigma.”

Applications for the 2017 GLOBE Community Grants are now open.

Applicants are encouraged to visit globemelbourne.com.au/community_grants or email events@globemelbourne.com.au to learn more.

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