Improving The Health Of GLBTI Youth

Improving The Health Of GLBTI Youth

Victoria Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge

Applications Open For New GLBTI Grant Round

Victor P Taffa

Funding of more than $180,000 is now available for groups and organisations to assist and 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) grants for funding up to $40,000.

“These grants will assist in developing new and innovative community projects to support the mental health of GLBTI young people.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“We want to support organisations that promote strength and resilience in young people and help eliminate stigma and discrimination.”

 

Grants will be distributed to both specialist GLBTI and mainstream organisations that aim to:

  • Engage GLBTI young people in the design and delivery 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
  • Enhance the capacity of the youth and mainstream health and community sectors to better respond to the needs of GLBTI young people and challenge discriminatory environments

Youth Affairs Minister Ryan Smith welcomed the grant round as a further demonstration of the Coalition Government’s commitment to young people.

“The Coalition supports programs that engage young people from across the community.” Mr. Smith said.

Ms. Wooldridge said the grants were being made available as part of a Coalition Government commitment of $4 Million over four years to support the development and delivery of projects that improve the mental health and well-being of GLBTI young people.

The grants are administered by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria. There will be three further grant rounds in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Grant applications close on 2 March 2012 and all inquiries should be directed to the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria by email, gferrari@yacvic.org.au or pdo@yacvic.org.au, or phone 03 9267 3799.