Eight important GLBT projects supported by Aurora

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The Aurora Group is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2009/2010 Aurora Small Grants Program in support of a number of important projects that benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

Rob McGrory, Aurora Company Secretary and the Aurora spokesperson for disbursements said “Raising funds at our events is always a lot of fun for us, but disbursing those generous donations to address community needs is equally exciting and rewarding.”

In addition to Aurora’s ongoing support of its major beneficiaries, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service and Twenty10, the Small Grants Program has disbursed $21,586.50 to eight worthy initiatives that will assist the GLBT community.

“The projects we are funding in this round aim to increase community connectedness, particularly for those who are isolated from the more visible parts of our GLBT communities,” says McGrory. “Additionally, these projects build the capacity of communities and services to address the needs of GLBT people.”

The 2009/2010 Aurora Small Grant Recipients are:

  • Come Out Australia: Funding to provide training for the branch coordinators of Come Out Australia in how to facilitate new ‘Coming Out’ groups and the establishment of a new branch in rural NSW, under the auspice of ACON.
  • Family Resource & Network Support: Funding to assist in a sexual orientation, identification and relationship training for people with a disability. This includes development and delivery of training for support workers as well as people with a disability regarding same-sex attraction.
  • Family Planning NSW: Funding to assist in the teacher training for 25 teachers in North Coast schools where homophobia is a significant and alarming issue.
  • Regional Youth Support Services: Funding to provide activities in schools that promote diversity and promote support services on the Central Coast.
  • Aurora Community Channel: Funding to support the production fees of community focused segments for new QueerTV episodes to screen during the 2010 Mardi Gras Festival. This ensures coverage of community services and organisations to GLBT people who live in regional and isolated areas.
  • Nowra Youth Service: Funding to assist in creating a local GLBT literary gathering.
  • Gender Centre: Funding to assist in a weekend information retreat for older transgender clients with the aim of exploring the challenges, values and experiences of ageing in the transgendered community.
  • ACON: Funding to assist in a social support program aimed at same sex attracted and lesbian women aged 26 to 35.

“We received seventeen submissions in this round from a broad range of community groups,” says McGrory. “We are always amazed at the breadth and quality of applications made and the community needs which those applications alert us to. These worthwhile needs are what drive us to raise even more funds through our events.”

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For more information please contact Jordan Bradley on 0414 523 486 or Jordan@auroragroup.com.au.
For media comment please contact on Rob McGrory 0404837905 or rob@auroragroup.com.au