The Aurora Group has announced the recipients of its 2010/2011 Small Grants Program.

Aurora chair David Moutou said the organisation hadn’t set out to create a theme with the grants but one had emerged.

“There were a number of programs addressing homophobia in schools and we’re happy to be involved in funding a range of strategies across different regions,” Moutou said.

“We’re also glad to see programs that have been funded in the past coming back to us and they’re not just asking us to support the same things each time. The work is teaching them and alerting them to new things.”

This round of applicants was awarded as part of $100,000 in community funding announced by the Aurora Group last year to mark its 10th anniversary.

ACON has received $2500 for Our Families, a DVD photo compilation illustrating the diversity of families in the GLBT community which ACON and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby will use in wider community education work.

ACON received a further $5000 to adapt the existing Schools Out peer education program for the needs of young same-sex attracted women.

The Documentary Australia Foundation received $4000 for the film Tranny Boys by filmmakers Monique Schafter (pictured) and Ali Russell. The film tells the stories of several female-to-male transgender people and will be distributed online.

Family Planning NSW received $4970 to provide anti-homophobia training to students and teachers in Albury at a Southern/Riverina regional conference for student representative councils.

Disabilities group FRANS received $5000 towards training for care support workers in supporting same-sex attracted clients.

The Gender Centre received $5000 which it will use to hold workshops and develop resources providing support to transgender clients who have families.

The Inspire Foundation received combined grants of $7000 to develop LGBTI content for their www.ReachOut.com.au and www.ActNow.com.au websites which deliver mental health support and advocacy for young people, and to support a special GLBTI session of the organisation’s Youth Action Workshops which teach young people how to be advocates for themselves.

National youth mental health foundation headspace received $2500 towards its ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project which will train workers in Bathurst, Orange and Cowra to do anti-homophobia training diect to students in local schools.

Regional Youth Support Services received $4125 to support anti-homophobia workshops in schools and for service providers on the NSW Central Coast.

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