Grants now open to support diverse communities respond to domestic, family and sexual violence
Published Thursday, 08 September, 2022 at 10:10 AM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
Grants of up to $25,000 are now on offer for community organisations delivering targeted projects in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV).
Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said grants totalling $250,000 would be made available through the Safe and Diverse Communities Grants program.
“We know that culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders can be at increased risk of experiencing DFSV and face additional barriers to reporting violence, seeking support and escaping a violent situation,” Minister Fentiman said.
“These grants are on offer for community organisations to improve safety of women and girls from diverse backgrounds through awareness and prevention initiatives.
“We understand that a combination of factors can put culturally and linguistically diverse women at a greater risk of experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence.
“Social isolation can be a big contributing factor, as can a lack of understanding of what constitutes domestic violence and knowing where to seek help.
“For these reasons, too many women fail to report their abuse and remain in coercive or violent relationships.
“These grants will help break down those barriers by supporting community organisations to deliver innovative, culturally appropriate and tailored prevention programs.”
Applications will remain open for five weeks.
During this period, online community forums will be held for prospective applicants to ask any questions related to their application and to provide guidance on writing effective grant proposals.
Youth Off The Streets were one of 14 successful recipients from the first round of the grants program and received
Operations Manager Michelle Ackerman said they are using their grant to connect with culturally diverse communities and support young people to understand respect, consent, safety and what a health relationship looks like.
“Our project has connected with young people to build their confidence in speaking out and raising awareness, as well as working with cultural leaders to ensure community solutions are championed by their communities,” Ms Ackerman said.
Minister Fentiman encouraged community groups around Queensland to apply.
“Grant funding will be made available to support key priority areas, including raising awareness of domestic, family and sexual violence, including non-physical forms of abuse, and how to seek help,” she said.
“We also want to engage with cultural leaders to support them in developing their understanding of DFSV.
“I look forward to announcing the successful applicants.”
In 2021, the Queensland Government committed to providing $1 million over four years to respond to domestic, family and sexual violence in CALD communities through the Safe and Diverse Communities Grant program.
Applications will remain open until 5pm Friday 14 October 2022.
For more information, and to apply visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/safediversegrants
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