Ten important GLBT projects supported by Aurora

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Still from the film Tranny Boys by Monique Schafter and Ali Russel
Still from the film Tranny Boys by Monique Schafter and Ali Russel

The Aurora Group is pleased to announce the successful recipients of the 2010/2011 Aurora Small Grants Program in support of a number of important projects that benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

This round of successful applicants are exceptional as they are awarded as part of the total of $100,000 in community funding announced by Aurora late last year, to mark its 10th anniversary year.

Kate Connors, Aurora Deputy Chairperson and the Aurora spokesperson for disbursements says “Aurora’s core is to create fabulous events that disburse generous donations that address community needs. We are delighted to disburse over $40,000 to the important community groups as part of Aurora’s annual small grants scheme.”

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 over $40,095 to ten important GLTB initiatives, which is a record for the Aurora Group.

Aurora is proud to support Sydney based organisations that have identified a need in the community. Yet we are equally proud that regional programs from right across NSW are well represented in our small grants and show that there is dynamic and creative programs happening far beyond the traditional “gay friendly” areas of inner city Sydney.

The 2010/2011 Aurora Small Grant Recipients are:

ACON: Our Families (DVD photo resource) – $2,500.

Photo compilation of the diversity of families in our community. Working with community artist C.Moore Hardy. Will be used by ACON and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby in wider community education work.

ACON: Schools Out (Pilot peer education program for young same-sex attracted women) $5,000.

Adaptation of existing program for school aged males. There is not a lot of public funding available for lesbian health programs, so Aurora’s support is crucial to these programs getting up.

Documentary Australia Foundation – for the film Tranny Boys by Monique Schafter and Ali Russel $4,000.

Telling the story of a number of female to male transgender people to be distributed through online forums. Aims to address invisibility in an appropriate way and share the stories of a significant community of people getting on with their lives.

For more information on ‘Tranny Boys’, click here.

Family Planning NSW (Anti-Homphobia programs for teachers and students) – $4,970.

To provide anti homophobia training to students and teachers in Albury at a Southern/Riverina regional conference for student representative councils. A follow on from previous funding.

FRANS (Training for care support workers in supporting same-sex attracted clients) – $5,000.

FRANS work with disabled young adults. This program is the next phase of a project we funded last year. The project is training carers and support workers about how they can be more sensitive in the support they offer clients who are same sex attracted.

Gender Centre (Resource for supporting transgender parents) – $5,000.

A series of workshops providing support to Gender Centre clients who have families and will be transitioning in that context. The workshops will then be summarised in a resource.

Inspire Foundation LGBTI content (Sexuality content on their ‘reach-out’ website) – $3,000.

Inspire run www.reachout.com.au as well as www.actnow.com.au. Important mental health support and advocacy websites for young people. This project will help build new LGBTI content on both websites.

Inspire Foundation Youth Action Workshop (Workshops for young same sex attracted youth on taking action) – $4,000.

Taking Inspire’s existing youth action workshop series that gives young people the skills to be self-advocates in the community and hold a special LGBTI workshop.

Headspace Central West – Bathurst (Funding to go to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ training) – $2,500.

This project will allow workers in Bathurst, Orange and Cowra to be trained in the Pride and Prejudice program and then go into local schools to do anti-homophobia training direct to students.

Regional Youth Support Services (Anti-homophobia workshops in schools and for service providers on the central coast) – $4,125.

“We received 21 of submissions in this round from a broad range of community groups,” says Conners. “These worthwhile wants from the community are what drive Aurora to raise even more funds through our events throughout the year.”

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For more information please contact Jordan Bradley on 0414 523 486 or Jordan@auroragroup.com.au.