Community group Lesbians Incorporated is offering grants of up to $1000 each for projects around the country that support lesbians or queer women.
Lesbians Inc is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that advocates for and supports all lesbians and queer women including those who are transgender, non-binary, bisexual, queer or asexual.
Since 2000, the group has given out more than $170,000 through the grants scheme to support projects addressing discrimination, improving queer womens’ access to services, increasing their opportunities, and raising the profile of lesbians in the wider community.
The grants are open to lesbians, lesbian-run groups, and lesbian-friendly organisations.
“The nation-wide survey we conducted last year confirmed that lesbians value the community grants scheme and want it to continue,” Deb Hayes from Lesbians Incorporated said in a statement.
“The re-activated scheme will particularly target groups who have not benefited strongly from previous grants.”
Previous recipients have included community support group Muslims Against Homophobia, multi-platform music and arts festival GRRL FEST, and Fijian and Indigenous Australian activists attending the Queer Provocations Festival in Sydney.
Muslims Against Homophobia spokesperson Alice Aslan said a grant from Lesbians Incorporated two years ago had covered the expenses for their float in the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
“Without the funding, it would have been too hard to find enough money and participate in the parade,” she said.
“We had a great time at the parade thanks to the funding from Lesbians Incorporated.”
The current round of grant applications closes on March 31, and the group says additional rounds will be held in June and October this year.
Applicants representing projects supporting Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander lesbians, lesbians with disabilities, lesbians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and lesbians in non-metropolitan communities are encouraged.