By Georgia Parsonson
The second round of the Investing in Queensland Women grant program is now open. Organisations contributing to the economic recovery of women and girls can benefit from the financial boost intended to provide, new, female-focused opportunities for Queensland residents.
Attorney-General and Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said that the funding is targeted towards organisations that aid women who struggle with various adversities.
Round 1 of the Investing in Queensland Women grant program had more than 160 applicants and 32 organisations, proving how significant these issues remain for Queensland’s communities.
“We know women experience gender inequality and violence at a high rate – and this increased during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Our aim is to continue to assist these community groups as they promote and protect the rights, economic security and the general wellbeing of Queensland women.”
Recipients successful in Round 1 will deliver a variety of programs, including workshops relating to consent and healthy relationships, the distribution of resources to and within remote regions, the development of a safe space for girls to explore STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), the development of DFV action plans, and mentoring programs.
Round 2 initiatives are expected to involve gender equality issues regarding health, leadership, safety, youth advice, education, and resources for linguistically and culturally diverse women.
“We are especially seeking applications that help prevent and respond to the issues of domestic and family violence and sexual assault given the impact of violence on women’s equality,” Ms Fentiman said.
“Targeted campaigns, events, resources and training workshops – every initiative helps and counts as we work to raise awareness and increase safety for the women in our State.
“Organisations across the State are encouraged to consider an initiative that could benefit their local community and help ensure women can participate in all opportunities available to them as we strive towards a gender-equal future.”
Submissions for Round 2 close on the 31st of July, 2021.
For more details about the grant program (including how to apply), visit www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/grants-for-queensland-women.