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ANZ and Mardi Gras dish out grants

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Community members and groups across the country have been awarded LGBTQI community grants as part of the inaugural grants program; ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras community grants.

18 grants have been distributed across Australia, from the Cairns AIDs Council at the top of the country, right down to Adelaide, where a queer formal is being coordinated by Minus18.

Additionally, an LGBTQI refugee support group and a historian aiming to preserve LGBTQI history are amongst the recipients of the grants which are valued up to $10,000 with the aim support the work of LGBTQI not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals.

One of the recipients of the inaugural grants program is Heather Grace Jones, who is Project Officer of STARTTS, a NSW-based specialist non-profit organisation that provides culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment and support to refugees.Heather has been spearheading the organisation’s new Rainbow Refugees project and is thrilled to be able to further their work thanks to the grant: “Many of the LGBTQI refugee community have fled countries where sexual and gender diversity is punishable by death and upon arriving in Australia, require support to rebuild their lives and own their identity. This grant is extremely important as it means we will be able  to create a safe space in Sydney’s western suburbs for all LGBTQI refugees to feel welcome and connected.”

The partnership between ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has spanned over 12 years, the grants program is an extension of the partnership beyond official festivities and ensures ongoing support of LGBTQI communities and projects.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terse Casu, said: “After receiving over one hundred submissions, we are reminded of the incredible and important work being done within the LGBTQI community. We are so pleased to be able to make a difference in the lives of many of our community members across the country and announce the winners of the much deserved grants thanks to the ongoing support of ANZ.”

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor of the ANZ Pride Network Michelle Jablko said: “As a supporter of diversity, inclusion and respect, ANZ is proud to provide financial support to 18 community groups and individuals across the country.

“From sporting clubs and choirs to mental health support services, there are so many ways people are working to better the lives of the LGBTQI community members.  We look forward to seeing how these grants make a real difference to Australians far and wide,” she said.

The ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants program was developed to provide financial funding for a wide range of purposes including education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture – anything under the rainbow.

ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants recipients:

 

  • Robert Bernard French
  • Samuel Leighton Dore
  • Dunghutti Elders Council (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC
  • First Nations Rainbow
  • STARTTS
  • Ten Forty Matrix Inc
  • Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW
  • Queensland AIDS Council, Cairns
  • Cairns Transgender Adult Support Group
  • Leichhardt Community Group Inc.
  • Minus18
  • Dexter Rosengrave
  • Working It Out
  • Headspace
  • Residency Projects
  • Assisting Your Life To Achieve (AYLA Inc.)
  • Gay and Lesbian Singers of WA
  • Perth Pythons Hockey Club Inc. (auspice for Perth Pride Sports Festival)

 

For more information please visit www.mardigras.org.au/grants

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ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras open applications for national LGBTQI community grants program

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Today, ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced applications are now open for their national LGBTQI community grants program; ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants.

Launching on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to LGBTQI not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals to help support local LGBTQI communities.

The ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants program will provide financial funding for a wide range of purposes including education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture – anything under the rainbow

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terese Casu, said: “This national grants program is important because there’s real grass roots work that needs to be done in Australia for LGBTQI communities, especially in regional Australia where isolation is an issue – and we know these grants will provide much needed support for the important work being done.”

“Philanthropic and grants funding to LGBTQI specific projects is limited in Australia. There are some fantastic state-based organisations that provide funding, but this grants program has been designed to be national and very diverse.” said Ms Caus.

While collaboration between ANZ and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has spanned over 12 years, the new grants program extends the partnership past official festivities to ensure ongoing support of LGBTQI communities and projects.

ANZ Chair of the Pride Network, Melissa Tandy said: “As a champion of diversity, inclusion and respect, ANZ is proud to launch this new grants program and help LGBTQI communities and individuals thrive.

“We’re excited to be able to support a wide array of causes and initiatives working to better the lives of the LGBTQI community and hope these grants will make a real difference to Australian’s far and wide,” she said.

Applications for ANZ & Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grants are open from today, 17 May until 1 July with successful applicants announced on 16 July.

For more information please visit www.mardigras.org.au/grants

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Vandals trash Oxford Street's gAyTM's

gaytm damageJust over an hour ago, witnesses are said to have seen two females and a male tear into the two ANZ Bank ATM's on Sydney's Oxford Street, that were tricked out to celebrate Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

This shot was taken by Oxford Street's Safety Ambassador, Drag identity, Maxi Shield - who was manning her infamous bar at next door's Midnight Shift Hotel.

The police have been notified. If you were in the precinct and saw the event, know who the people were, or could provide information please contact the Surry Hills Police on (02) 9265 4144
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