Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event Grants open for applications

Applications are now open for venues to share in $100,000 with the return of the Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event Grants.

Following the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, Meta and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are offering 30 grants to venues around Australia for the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade.

Last year, the grants generated over $300,000 in revenue across 30 grant recipients and supported events which recorded over 7000 attendees. More than 220 staff were employed to run the Mardi Gras Parade viewing events, and over 200 performers and artists were employed as a result of the grants.

For the 2022 Mardi Gras season, the grants program returns to support venues across the country who share their plans to host a COVID-safe viewing event for the 2022 Mardi Gras Parade and support and employ queer performers or artists as part of their event.

Last year’s successful venues ranged from Cairns to Broken Hill, and allowed the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to come together at regional and metropolitan events across the country.

“We’re proud to unite with Meta once more to deliver much needed support to our LGBQTIA+ venues and artists after what has been another year of disruption for them,”
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said.

“The Parade Viewing Events also give us the opportunity to bring Mardi Gras celebrations to regional and interstate communities during a time when traveling to Sydney may not be an option for everyone.”

Applications are open to small businesses and hospitality venues across Australia.