The gay and lesbian community will receive an injection of funds over the coming months as the City of Sydney starts handing out grants in the lead-up to September’s election.

The City of Sydney will provide $4.5 million to nearly 500 community organisations over the next year as part of its annual grants and sponsorship program. Of those groups, eight GLBT organisations will receive funding for a range of community health, safety and education campaigns.

The Harbour City Bears will once again receive funding for next year’s Bear Essentials party. The Gender Centre will receive money for new furniture. The gay Catholic group Acceptance will receive funding for staging a World AIDS Day remembrance ceremony.

Money will also be put towards a relationships and family rights education campaign to be produced by the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby as well as an arts and crafts program for HIV-positive men to be put on by ACON.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir will receive sponsorship to produce an opera that will debut at next year’s Mardi Gras. Funding will be provided to publish new copies of Gary Wotherspoon’s book, City Of The Plain: History Of A Gay Subculture, and ACON will receive funding to start up a series of workshops on same-sex domestic violence.

City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said the Council was pleased to see such a wide array of events and programs being produced by the gay and lesbian community.

The City and the community act collaboratively to bring to life the City of Villages and deliver on goals set out in Sustainable Sydney 2030, Barone said.

The City is proud to support each and every one of these successful grants and we are particularly pleased to support so many worthwhile initiatives from our GLBT community.

ACON gives thanks

ACON will receive two separate grants to fund an arts and crafts workshop for HIV-positive women as well as a series of workshops on same-sex domestic violence. ACON President Mark Orr said the support was welcome.

These two grants will help us provide valuable opportunities for members of our community to increase the knowledge, skills and networks that can help improve their health and welfare. We thank the City of Sydney for their support and look forward to working with them on these projects as well as the many other initiatives that form part of ACON’s partnership with the City of Sydney.

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

The Gay and Lesbian Rights lobby will receive $20,800 to produce a public education campaign on relationships and family rights. GLRL co-convenor Peter Johnson said it was a welcome contribution.
We are thrilled to have been awarded this considerable opportunity to extend our community education work. We wish to sincerely thank the City of Sydney who have been a long-time supporter of the GLRL through subsidised rent and support for our 58 ’08 campaign.

Harbour City Bears

The Harbour City Bears will once again receive funding for Bear Essentials next year. HBC President Phillip Penwright says the organisation is looking to form ever closer relationships with the Council.
Previously I was unaware that you could receive funding for more than one event at a time, so we’re currently looking at maybe getting another grant to set up other things like perhaps a self-defence class -“ which would be great. From my experience, the Council has been nothing but helpful and, as a community organisation, we really are appreciative of the help they provide.

AIDS Trust

The AIDS Trust will receive an extra $5,000 of funding each year, allowing the organisation a kitty of $20,000 for the Sydney Food and Wine Fair. AIDS Trust CEO Nick Toonen said the additional funding would be put to good use.

The City of Sydney has been a generous supporter of the AIDS Trust’s annual Food and Wine Fair for many years, providing in-kind support through free use of Hyde Park and banner poles, as well as cash sponsorship. Without their support it would be very difficult to hold our annual landmark event and I’m delighted that they’ve recently decided to increase their cash support.

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