The Tasmanian Government is continuing with its LGBTI grants program which offers $50,000 each year to projects proven to assist the LGBTI community.
The Minister for Community Development Cassy O’Connor (pictured) told Budget Estimates that the funding in the 2013-14 budget allocated to the program is part of the government’s continued commitment to the LGBT community.
“As a progressive Government, we’ve fought hard to achieve equality and fight discrimination through policies like same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption,” she said.
“Supporting the LGBTI community and tackling prejudice and isn’t just about strong social policy. We also need to fund research that underpins good intervention strategies and policy.
“The program supports research and evidence-based projects that benefit the LGBTI community by helping to reduce discrimination and prejudice.”
The original grants program was due to run over three years from 2010 and designed to increase the number of Tasmanians who are accept of diversity and improve the resilience and capacity of the LGBTI community.
In 2013 the successful applications included the University of Tasmania, Relationships Australia Tasmania and TasPride.
“Family violence in the LGBTI community is an under-researched area, and information about its prevalence is limited,” O’Connor said.
“The LGBTI Grants Program provides an excellent opportunity to support that research.”