Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said applications for the grants were open until 12pm on Friday November 13.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said applications for the grants were open until 12pm on Friday November 13. Contributed

Grants open for DV Prevention Month activities

COMMUNITY organisations in Keppel are being urged to apply for a bumper round of grants to run activities and events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May next year.

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said applications for the grants were open until 12pm on Friday November 13.

"The total pool for grants has been boosted this year from $110,000 to $150,000. I urge as many organisations as possible to apply so they can get on board and host an activity," she said.

"This is about our community coming together to challenge inappropriate behaviour and promote a culture of non-violence.

"Grants of up to $3,000 are on offer for community activities that will raise awareness and help prevent domestic and family violence."

Organisations can form partnerships with local community leaders, organisations or businesses to host an event.

Activities held during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month this year included community fun days, awareness raising sporting events, training to promote community and workplace action on domestic and family violence, and an art exhibition to promote respectful and healthy relationships in primary schools.

Communities Minister, Shannon Fentiman said domestic and family violence was tearing apart families across Queensland.

"The Queensland Government is determined to tackle this problem and do all we can to stop this violence," she said.

"This includes increasing penalties for offenders, two new crisis shelters, the new Domestic Violence Court at Southport and extra services and support for victims.

"But Government can't do it alone and we need the whole community to stand up and say 'enough is enough' to domestic and family violence. Community activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month are an important part of this."

To apply for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2016 grants, visit
www.communities.qld.gov.au/

For help in dealing with domestic and family violence, call the state-wide DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636.



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