Community groups across Queensland are invited to say no to domestic and family violence by hosting an event during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May next year.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said applications for the 2019 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants opened today.
Grants of up to $5000 are available.
“Every May Queenslanders say ‘not now, not ever’ to violence in our communities as they raise awareness of domestic and family violence,” she said.
“In 2019 the Palaszczuk Government has $150,000 in one-off funding available to assist organisations and community groups interested in hosting an event to raise awareness of domestic and family violence.”
Ms Farmer said everyone could contribute to ending domestic and family violence and spreading the message of zero tolerance.
“Domestic violence is a scourge on our society, and I’m proud to be part of a government that is tackling it head on,” she said.
“Violence impacts far too many lives and too many have been lost to it.
“That’s why we need everyone to play their part. Hosting events in every corner of the state means all Queenslanders have an opportunity to speak up, get involved and raise awareness.”
Ms Farmer said in 2018, funds were distributed to 35 community organisations to hold 43 awareness raising events, projects and activities.
Events were held in every part of the state, including Palm Island, Burdekin, Balonne, Cunnamulla, Cooktown, Mackay, Yeppoon, the Darling Downs, Atherton Tablelands, Murgon, Bundaberg, Noosa, Hinchinbrook and Mt Isa.
“Each of these events sent a clear message that violence of this type is not tolerated and that by working together, people can make a real difference. We want to send an even stronger message to every corner of Queensland in 2019 ,” she said.
“While domestic and family violence impacts every community, in 2019 we are also encouraging submissions that focus on domestic and family violence for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or Queer.
“We also know that domestic and family violence has a devastating impact on too many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and funding will be earmarked for events that raise awareness of domestic and family violence in Indigenous communities.”
To apply for a grant visit https://communities.smartygrants.com.au/2019DFVPM