Victoria government announces funding support for LGBTIQ+ communities
16 June 2021 at 3:44 pm
12 LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups to receive grants in new funding announced by the Victorian government
The creation of Victoria’s first and only LGBTIQ+ disabled people’s organisation has moved a step closer, after becoming one of a dozen new projects being funded by the Victorian government in a move to strengthen the state’s LGBTIQ+ communities.
Minister for Equality Martin Foley announced last week that 12 LGBTIQ+ organisations and groups will be receiving grants of up to $50,000 to grow their work supporting and strengthening LGBTIQ+ Victorians.
As part of this, Drummond Street Services will receive $50,000 to support the creation of Inclusive Rainbow Voices, an organisation that will provide a member-driven, representative voice for LGBTIQ+ Victorians with disability.
Drummond Street Services will partner with key LGBTIQ+ people living with disability to create an action plan for the Inclusive Rainbow Voices establishment project.
The new organisation aims to meet a currently unmet need by providing a democratic, user-led, member-driven, representative voice of and for LGBTIQ+ Victorians with disability.
Foley said that it was great to be supporting organisations and groups so they can support and strengthen Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.
“Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ sector does incredible, life-saving work,” he said.
“By supporting diverse and intersectional groups such as these, we create a stronger LGBTIQ+ community sector.”
The LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants are there to help organisations and groups assist more Victorians. They can also be used to help fund staff development and training opportunities as well as assist in planning for the future or improving the ways they reach LGBTIQ+ communities across Victoria.
Some of the organisations receiving funding
- The Three For All Foundation will use its funding to provide training and mentoring opportunities to members of the Queer Refugee and Asylum Seeker Peer Group, empowering them to take on leadership roles and provide peer support to others.
- AIS Support Group Australia will launch a website and online learning module for its Yellow Tick program, which aims to improve inclusion for people with an intersex variation through educational resources.
- Bisexual Alliance Victoria is also receiving a grant to develop its personnel, policies and governance, so it can expand its reach and create additional funding streams.
For a full list of grant recipients see here