Aurora gives $30 000 in small grants to GLBT organisations

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The Aurora Group are thrilled to announce the successful Small Grants recipients for 2012-2013, with $34,297 raised across donations, members and fundraising events to be allocated to a diverse and essential range of GLBT support, education and community groups.

In addition, Aurora will also continue to support its major beneficiaries, Twenty10 and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service.

The Small Grants recipients this year include peer support groups for same-sex attracted women with cancer and GLBT clients of the Wayside Chapel, a theatre production addressing same-sex domestic violence, education and support to tackle homophobia in non-metropolitan areas such as Broken Hill and the Central Coast, foster carer support, health and nutrition up-skilling at The Gender Centre and support for the GLBT Indigenous population of La Perouse.

“We were overwhelmed by the diversity and creativity of the applications made for this year’s Small Grants funding,” said Marcus Bourget, Chairperson of The Aurora Group. “The recipients for this year reflect a broad spectrum of the issues our GLBT community faces around the country, with a number of projects reaching beyond the city and into regional NSW.”

“We thank everyone who contributed and attended our fabulous fundraising events throughout 2012 – it’s a delight for The Aurora Group to see so many people galvanised in helping the community. We look forward to announcing this year’s events in the coming weeks.”


The 2012-2013 Small Grants recipients are:

–          ACON – working with Maropa Productions on Another Closet: The Cabaret

Delivering a community forum for service providers on how to address domestic violence within the GLBT community, through a theatrical production on the issue.

–          The Gender Centre

A focus on case management and up-skilling in health and nutrition to enable people approaching The Gender Centre to receive material support.

–          The Benevolent Society

Development of weekend training and a camp to support GLBT foster carers and young people.

–          Regional Youth Support Service – GenQ

Tackling bullying and homophobia on the Central Coast by developing a toolkit for students and young people, with a focus on supporting resilience and training.

–          The Junction Neighbourhood Centre

Supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GLBTQI community in the La Perouse area by providing training and workshops, as well as links to existing support and information.

–          Far West Community Legal Centre – Broken Hill

Providing education for the GLBT and mainstream community to address and overcome homophobia in the Far West.

–          Cancer Council

Developing peer support programs and support to lesbians and same-sex attracted women diagnosed with cancer.

–          Wayside Chapel

Supporting group activity sessions for the highly vulnerable GLBT clients of the Wayside Chapel.