Fourteen grants worth a total of $30,000 will be injected into the community, thanks to the hugely successful Melbourne Outgames.

After generating an estimated $780,000 for the local economy, organisers of the first Asia Pacific Outgames have started a Legacy Fund, to be put towards a range of sporting, cultural and human rights organisations.

This is a great achievement to give back to the community $30,000 through the Legacy Fund and through documenting our earnings, Outgames co-president Lorraine Little said.

These are real, tangible legacies that we will all benefit from.

There will be four grants worth $5000 and 10 grants of $1000 handed out, though decisions are yet to be made as to which organisations will benefit.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be judged against the list of objectives and priorities that were established for the Outgames.

The Fund has been established to support projects that enhance and further sport, culture and human rights for the rainbow communities of the Asia Pacific, consistent with the mission of Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA), GLISA Asia Pacific and Outgames, Little said. She went on to explain that any successful applicant would have to show how their project helped to increase participation in sport, raised the profile of sport or added to the overall skills and ability of any sporting or cultural organisation.

Consideration will also be given to distributing the funds fairly throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Very early on, one of the overriding goals of Melbourne Outgames Inc. was to ensure that there would be a number of ways in which the event provided ongoing legacy to the community. We depended upon and achieved enormous and enthusiastic support from individuals and small businesses, so there was never a doubt that any surplus achieved would be prioritised to go back to the community.

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