Upcoming Peer Support Activities

Every month we host exciting new and recurring peer support activities, such as our TGDNB Employment and Resilience Skills Program, our Somatic Workshop Series, and more.

TransGathering- An annual event dedicated to bringing TGDNB people and our supporters together. 2023's TransGathering will focus on providing training and support to individuals and organisations who provide peer support services to our communities.

           Date: August 25th

            Time: 9am-5pm

            Location: Port Melbourne Town Hall

Trans Fete- A Celebration of Connection, Community and Fun, by & for Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary People and Allies. Filled with fun activities, learning experiences, and opportunities to connect with organisations providing support to TGDNB people, this day will have something for everyone!

            Date: August 26th

            Time: 10am-2pm

            Location: Port Melbourne Town Hall

How to Register

Follow the below links to sign up!

register for transgatheringregister for trans fete

What is peer support?

Often, the term ‘peer support’ is used to refer to mental health services provided by an individual of a shared identity. In the TGV context, peer support is the sharing of skills or experiences in an environment which is led by fellow trans and gender diverse individuals/organisations.    

What makes a program peer support?

A peer support program is one that not only provides supportive programming for folks, but empowers others to take a similar journey. Peer support programs are expected to document the processes involved in getting their program up and running, and provide mentorship opportunities where possible.

What kinds of projects have been funded previously?

Previously supported programs include a wide range of activities including writing circles, arts workshops, physical health activities, providing free access to binders, podcasts, support groups, practical tool skills workshops, and more.

How much support is available?

A total of $55,000 is available for this round of funding, and the maximum funding request if $8k. Please note that ‘support’ includes help in the form of networks, promotion, resources, and training as well as budget.

Who can apply?

Anyone with an idea of how to support trans and gender diverse communities is encouraged to apply for a support package. Previous recipients of SPIIBI funding or Trans Peer Support Packages are able to apply. Please note- the Community Development Fund is intended to support trans and gender diverse community members. We understand that sometimes organisations leading these activities may not be trans and/or gender diverse led, however support packages are able to support the trans and gender diverse participants of funded programs.

What is the timeline for the 2023 Community Development Fund?

Applications open - June 8th, 2023

Applications close - 11:59pm, July 9th 2023

Selection committee deliberation - Week of July 17th 2023

Successful applicants notified - Week of July 24th 2023

Unsuccessful applicants notified - Week of July 24th 2023

Programs commence from - August, 2023

Midway report by - January 2024

Final report - June 2024

Will there be another round of funding?

There will be a further round of funding available, with applications opening in mid-2024.

Who is on the Application Selection Committee?

Our application selection committee will consider this round of Peer Support applications only. They are members of trans and gender diverse communities representing many intersections of identities, prioritising multiply marginalised groups. For privacy reasons, the names of the committee members will not be made publicly available. The selection committee is separate from the Steering Committee.

What is the purpose of the Steering Committee?

The Steering Committee supports overall design and delivery of this second iteration of the Peer Support Program. It is the liaison point between the program partners including TGV, the Victorian State Government, and trans and gender diverse communities. This remit extends beyond the Community Development Fund to include training, events, and ideas for uplifting and resourcing trans and gender diverse communities. A report on the first iteration which ran from 2018-2021 is available here

Where is the funding for the Community Development Fund coming from?

The funding for the Peer Support Program is provided as part of the Victorian Government’s LGBTIQ+ strategy to drive equality for LGBTIQ+ communities.

My program can’t be feasibly managed with the maximum grant amount, but it’s peer support related. Are there any other options for me?

If you have a great idea for a peer support program that may require more than the maximum limit of the Peer Support grant, get in touch with us at to discuss possible options for finding additional funding.

I’m interested in applying for a support package but don’t have previous experience managing program finances? Is there support available?

“In a funding context, an auspice is an organisation who manages grant funding on your behalf. For example, a small community group with limited resources may use a larger Not-for-Profit Organisation as their auspice. The larger NFP will receive and manage the grant funding, with the community group undertaking the actual project work.” - The Grants Hub

Auspicing is a great option for anyone who would like additional support in managing their funding. While TGV is unable to auspice applicants, we can assist applicants in finding a suitable auspice arrangement. Additionally, TGV is able to offer training to support package recipients to assist in their budget management.

I have a question that wasn’t answered, how can I contact TGV?

The answer to your question may be answered in the application form, so we encourage looking there as a first step. If your question still is unanswered, you can contact our team at

The previous Trans Peer Support Program ran from 2019-2022.

Its content can be found archived found here:
2019-2022 PROGRAM ARCHIVE2019-2022 REPORTAbout our artists
A new Peer Support Program hub that will showcase the existing and new Peer Support Projects and resources is coming soon.


Our overview of the key events, funding opportunities, workshops, and more happening across Victoria in trans and gender diverse peer support.
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