Third grant round opens for truth, healing and reconciliation

Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Honourable Leanne Linard

A third round of the Queensland Government’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation grants have opened, with up to $10,000 available to acknowledge and raise awareness of institutional child abuse and its ongoing impact.

Minister for Children Leanne Linard said the grants will fund activities such as workshops, creative writing, music or other events which acknowledge what happened in the past, while contributing to healing and reconciliation.

“The first round of grants was released in 2019 and came about because we wanted to continue the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,” she said.

Ms Linard said the grants program forms part of the government’s ongoing commitment to the Royal Commission recommendations in recognition of the profound harm caused by institutional child abuse.

“The Royal Commission was a real turning point for many Queenslanders who experienced child sexual abuse in state institutions. We must learn from those experiences and never forget what happened,” she said.

“People with a lived experience of abuse have told us that they’ve been able to find some healing through the activities funded by these grants because they’ve been able to connect with people who understand what they went through.

“With this next round of funding, we want to see those connections and conversations continue.”

Grants are available to fund activities for people with a lived experience and activities that recognise truth, healing and reconciliation as an ongoing process.

Up to $10,000 is available for individual organisations and funds of up to $15,000 are available for joint applications.

Applications close on Thursday 25 November 2021.

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