Lesbians Inc has opened applications for its latest round of community grants.
Grants of up to $1,000 are available for individuals and organisations who work to benefit the lesbian community, either as a whole or targeting a specific racial, cultural, geographic, or other group.
The funding is to support projects that either target discrimination and civil rights, improve access of lesbians to services and opportunities, or meet other identified social, cultural, educational, health, welfare, recreational, personal development, or legal needs of the lesbian community.
People and groups anywhere in Australia can apply for funding, with full details of eligibility available from Lesbians Inc.
Grants are available for projects in a range of categories, including education, the arts, social activities, support groups, and sporting activities.
Lesbians who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, lesbians with disabilities, lesbians from non-English speaking backgrounds, and lesbians in rural and regional communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
Lesbians Inc is an inclusive group, supporting cis and trans women and non-binary people who are gay, bisexual, queer, asexual, or other diverse sexualities.
Born from the Lesbian Space Collective in Sydney in 1986, Lesbians Inc has been supporting individuals and groups with its grants since the 1990s.
The organisation is run by volunteers and committed to the principles of diversity and respect for human rights.
Among last year’s grant recipient projects were pride celebrations, social events, online resources, and lesbian entertainment events.
Lesbians Inc funding helped launch the online Australian Lesbian Museum, contributed to scholarships for people experiencing hardship to attend the Better Together 2020 Equality Conference, and supported social events by Brisbane LGBTIQ group Wendybird.
Applications for the current round of grants are open until 1 March and can be submitted online.
Lesbians Inc will continue to make additional rounds of grants available for future community projects.