Over $65,000 in Grants to be Given Away By Aurora for 2018

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Christmas has come early for seven LGBTIQ community groups, who will share in $65,000 of funding announced today by Aurora.

In 2018, Aurora is delighted to be supporting:

  • The Women and Girls Emergency Centre – to develop new support services for LBQ women experiencing violence across wider Sydney.
  • Bolton Clarke aged care services – to research and develop a handbook for NSW aged care services on providing best practice care to LGBTIQ people.
  • Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre – to deliver a series of community forums and events aimed at bridging the gap between the younger and older LGBTIQ communities across their region.
  • Outstanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition – to develop an e-book of winning LGBTIQ Short Stories and run a new mini-story competition during the 2018 Mardi Gras Festival.
  • Dress for Success Sydney – to purchase appropriate clothing and to develop initial transgender Dress for Success workshops – helping transgender women into the workforce with confidence.
  • Northcott Innovations – for the collaborative development of disability and sexuality programming for the LGBTIQ community, driven by community members themselves.


Aurora will also continue giving special assistance to its key funding partner – Twenty10, incorporating the NSW Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (GLSC), to deliver services and support to young people across central and western Sydney.

With the help of generous donors, Aurora raises money at its Annual Ball and other events throughout the year.  This funding is used to fund important projects for the LGBTIQ community in NSW.

Since Aurora was founded back in 1999, it has awarded close to $900,000 in grants from youth outreach, to counselling, inclusion, education, and creative projects.

Aurora is funded entirely through donations by supporters – anyone can donate online at any time at https://www.givenow.com.au/auroragivingprogram.


Quotes attributable to the Chair of The Aurora Group, Alison King:

“We were excited to receive a record number of funding applications this year.

“It was a tough job choosing just seven organisations to fund.  There is so much incredible work being done by our LGBTIQ community that is worthy of support.

“This year’s grant recipients represent a broad cross-section of the LGBTIQ community – we are supporting domestic violence services, aged care services, young people, people with a disability, transgender women, and creative projects.

“The more money we raise, the more great work Aurora can support, so I encourage people to donate online now – a perfect Christmas gift!  And, of course, everyone should come to our glamorous events next year.  Stayed tuned for further details.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Aurora has been privileged to help a number of the hardworking organisations that are there for the LGBTIQ community, day in, and day out. 

“The beauty of Aurora, is that the money raised goes to the coalface: to organisations and programs working to support a broad cross-section of the LGBTIQ community across NSW.  The funding we provide lets those organisations get on with what they do best: supporting our community.”

18 December 2017