In November (2018), Lesbians Incorporated (LInc) awarded 15 grants to a variety of community organisations supporting lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups throughout Australia. These successful applicants of the second round of community grants for 2018 were a very diverse group.
Round Two 2018 LInc Grant Recipients are:
Older Women in Cohousing, Inc. – WinC
WinC is an organisation working on an older women’s co-housing community in rural Victoria, Australia, with the aim of ageing well together in a thriving, sustainable community. They are projected to have 20-25 homes and a common house, most individually owned with some homes for rent to women meeting low income requirements or income asset requirements. WinC Housing
Indigilez provides a culturally safe, friendly environment by encouraging & fostering women to speak their hopes & dreams, while developing values of leadership, respect, health & wellbeing. Indigilez continues to form and maintain positive partnerships to unite and embrace our multicultural LGBTI community.
Ten Forty Matrix, is a vigorous loose-limbed organisation of Older Dykes; lesbians over forty who relish discussion and debate about the issues we face in work, life, at home,
in the arts and politics.
With the grant received from Lesbians Incorporated they will produce a lecture/workshop on “The Internet, Social Media and Us: Risks and Rewards”, followed by a series of peer-support skill-development workshops exploring safety, politics and the relevance to older lesbians of various social media platforms. www.olderdykes.org
SheQu’s mission is to encourage, empower and enable LGBT+ Multicultural women. With the goal to expand the perspective of queer women migrants, SheQu enables them to reach their full potential and embrace all opportunities.
With a grant from Lesbian Incorporated in 2018 they received funding for marketing support for their social meet-ups to promote their mission of supporting multicultural LGBT+ women from diverse ethnic backgrounds. SheQu
Family Access Network (FAN)
Family Access Network (FAN) received an Lesbians Incorporated grant for their program, House to a HOME – which aims to connect young LGBTIQ females residing in mainstream transitional properties by offering them the opportunity to work together, create support networks amongst themselves and feel a stronger connection to the LGBTIQ community whilst decorating the houses they reside in. FAN has been providing services to young people since 1981 and is committed to responding to the diverse needs of homeless and at risk young people and young families. FAN – House to a Home
Queerstories: Regional Podcast
Queerstories is an LGBTQI+ storytelling night, podcast and book, with regular events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Queerstories has begun reaching out into regional areas, including Albury-Wodonga and Lismore in 2018, with further events planned for 2019.
Rainbow Families Queensland is a community-based not-for-profit organisation supporting and advocating for LGBTQIAP families in Queensland. Rainbow Families QLD has recently relaunched and will be using the funds to buy marquees, banners, and RFQ shirts for their Brisbane and regional meet-up groups, to increase their visibility at LGBTIQAP events and provide our families with shade. Rainbow Families QLD
Bits and Bods is a web series that talks to teen girls and gender diverse teens about sex, bodies and all the awkward bits in between. Focusing on girls, particularly those who are same-sex attracted, as they live with significant stigma around their bodies and sexuality, this web series aims to make the estimated 100,000 same-sex attracted girls living in Australia aged 13-19 happier, healthier and safer. With the grant received from Lesbians Incorporated in 2018 they will be able to get the web coding they need to provide a forum to an underserved demographic. www.bitsandbods.com
Leather Women’s Oral History project
The Story of the Sash: A Leather women’s oral history project for the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. The grant will provide funding for Archivist, KL Joy, to follow the history of “S.L.P.A Person of Leather ’99” sash by interviewing the creators, Karnal Leather, the President of Sydney Leather Pride Association, and the recipient, Gigi Legenhausen. History project as part of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Follow KL @
Soul Sister Events:
Soul Sister: The Story is Out – a monthly story sharing workshop run by Lesbian Social Fun Club. This group is intended to provide a warm and friendly space for girls who identify themselves as lesbian, bisexual or even for those who are not sure to connect with others. Soul Sister will use the funding from Lesbians Incorporated to keep members updated on what’s happening, as well as out reach to find new members. Soul Sisters
Rainbow Families Inc will use their grant to design and print the Rainbow Families Separation Guide. Developed as an information resource for queer parents and/or couples who are separating. The information guide draws from input from respected professionals from the social, legal and mental health arenas, who are providing their expertise on a volunteer/in-kind basis. The resource aims to provide separating individuals with practical, relevant and authentic information about different aspects of separation including: legal, financial, emotional, child related considerations as well as other additional considerations specific to LGBTQI parents/couples. Rainbow Families Separation Guide
AIDS Action Council – Stepping Out
Stepping Out is a social and community development workshop series that brings lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women together to discuss personal, social and political issues in a fun, interactive and confidential environment. Providing the women an opportunity to discuss the issues that are important to them with a friendly and skilled volunteer peer facilitator. With sessions exploring coming out, relationships, sex and queer networks in the ACT. The 2019 series will focus on combating social isolation, and may form a pilot program for another smoking or alcohol cessation course. Stepping Out will run at the AIDS Action Council (the Council) premises in central Canberra over 6 weeks. AIDS Action Council
GRAI (GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc) – Sweet Nectar
Sweet Nectar – discovering your essence – is a series of six arts-based workshops, for older lesbians who, knowing they have more to express and contribute to the world, want to explore their purpose and create a fulfilling future. The LInc grant will support participants to create a meaningful ‘Third Act’ in their lives which aligns with their values and integrity. The small group size (10-16) facilitates learning from others, while allowing for individual attention. www.grai.org.au
Standing Shoulder To Shoulder: Community Support Group will use the Lesbians Incorporated funds to produce pamphlets to support GLT women experiencing Domestic and Family violence. Shoulder to Shoulder
Switchboard Victoria Inc. – Queer women’s suicide prevention
Switchboard has a twenty-seven-year history of having difficult conversations with some of the most vulnerable in our LGBTIQA+ communities. Many of these conversations involve talking about mental health, self-harm and suicidality.
The funding from the Lesbians Incorporated grant will provide training for 8 women who would be Switchboard volunteers. Switchboard