Aurora provides $60,000 in grants to support GLBT projects

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The Aurora Group is excited to announce the successful Small Grants recipients for 2011/12 with $25,010 disbursed funding to support an important range of GLBT focused projects targeted at transgender teenagers, foster parents, story tellers, young people and the wider GLBT community.

These Small Grant recipients were announced at the recent ‘An Evening With Michael Kirby’ dinner” hosted by Aurora which raised over $14,000.

Marcus Bourget, Aurora Chairperson, said “This year’s small grants recipients demonstrate the range of creative projects that organizations are developing to address the diversity of needs in the GLBT community. Raising funds at fabulous events such as the ‘Evening With Michael Kirby’ dinner’ is a lot of fun for the Aurora directors, however it is disbursing funds to the GLTB important GLBT community projects to which we are most passionate about doing.”

“We are pleased to once again be able to fund projects based outside the inner city areas of Sydney as well as those focused on a range of age groups from teens to potential foster parents,” says Bourget.

In addition, Aurora will also continue to support its major beneficiaries, the newly merged entity Twenty10 and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, with $35,000. Aurora will continue to fund the continuing projects of the GLCS and Twenty10 with the two organisations working together following the merge.

Aurora is pleased to be able assist Twenty10 to strengthen its presence in the Western Sydney region as well as continue its group and counselling services.  Twenty10 and GLCS will be undertaking the creation of an extensive database and resource creation project to feed into a number of different community capacity building and support projects, including resources for volunteer counsellors and staff.  The money will also support GLCS’ relocation in the New Year and the fit out of new phone rooms that volunteers use to provide services to callers to the counselling lines, including the establishment of new technology and infrastructure.

The 2011/12 Aurora Small Grant Recipients are:

  • JoyFm – The Commitment Project – $2,850
    A billboard at Strathfield train station to promote and showcase long-term committed gay and lesbian relationships.
  • The Gender Centre – Transtopia – $4,210
    A 10 week social support group for transgender teenagers (14-19yo).
  • The Benevolent Society – Fostering Young Lives – $4,000
    Two events, one in Western Sydney and the other in Inner Sydney, will be held during Mardi Gras 2012 to inform and recruit GLBT people to be foster parents.
  • Regional Youth Support Service – GenQ – $4,000
    Support program for GLBTIQ young people on the Central Coast focused on community building and development – where young people develop a campaign and outreach activities to schools and community groups.
  • Queerscreen – The Queer Screen Community Screen Content Initiative – $5,000
    Project enabling members of the GLBT community to write and produce short stories to be broadcast on YouTube and at 2012 MGFF.
  • ACON Health – Lesbian & Gay Anti Violence Project – Same Sex Domestic Violence Resource – $4,950
    Production of a video resource to support same-sex domestic violence prevention, including five stories of personal experience.

“We are always amazed at the quality of applications made and the community needs which the small grants process alert us to,” says Bourget. “We encourage more GLBT community groups to submit applications in the 2012 / 2013 submission process.”

Aurora is also encouraging all supporters to mark in their diaries that its popular Fat Tuesday fundraiser will be held on 21 February 2012 and that it’s major annual gala, The 2012 Aurora Dinner, will be held on Saturday 23 June 2012.