A new round of grants is now available to assist community organisations to promote mental health initiatives for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) young people in local communities, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge announced today.
Ms Wooldridge said applications were now being accepted for the Healthy, Equal, Youth (HEY) small grants for funding of up to $40,000.
"The HEY grants will help organisations to provide mental health promotion and capacity building activities with GLBTI young people," Ms Wooldridge said.
"This is the second round of the HEY grants initiative. The first round was incredibly competitive so it is pleasing to be able to announce another opportunity for organisations to apply for funding to improve the health and wellbeing of GLBTI young people in their communities."
The focus of this grant round is on projects that:
- engage GLBTI young people in the design and delivery of a range of initiatives, such as social support groups and networks;
- promote mainstream anti-discrimination and diversity campaigns and programs;
- provide youth leadership, mentoring and peer education opportunities; and
- enhance the capacity of the youth, health and community sectors to better respond to the needs of GLBTI young people and challenge discriminatory environments.
"I encourage any organisation or group with a project that will help eliminate stigma and discrimination, as well as promote strength and resilience in GLBTI young people, to apply for a grant," Ms Wooldridge said.
"We want to strengthen and expand support services for GLBTI young people, which also includes providing proactive and ongoing educational programs."
Ms Wooldridge said the grant round of about $213,900 had been made available as part of the Coalition Government's $4 million commitment to support the development and delivery of projects that improve the mental health and wellbeing of GLBTI young people.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria is administering these grants and there will be two further HEY grant rounds, with one in 2013 and one in 2014.
Further information is available at www.yacvic.org.au; Information on previous grants recipients is available at: