Funding to run events celebrating local youth now open
Grants of up to $2,000 are now on offer for events that promote the achievements and positive contribution young people make to our communities.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the one-off grants, open to councils, schools and other organisations, could be used to hold events such as concerts, art and photography exhibitions, workshops and skating competitions.
“Youth are the up-and-comers in our community and will form the next generation of CEOs, councillors, MPs, police officers and teachers, so it’s important that they are provided with the adequate resources to further their skills and experiences,” Mr O’Brien said.
“These grants give young leaders a chance to apply the skills learnt in classrooms in a practical way that benefits their peers and the wider community, while having a lot of fun.
“Getting young people involved with events sometimes presents a challenge, however if they are provided with the funding to create their own event and something they would enjoy attending themselves, it makes the task much easier.”
Mr O’Brien said the grants were being offered as part of National Youth Week, a series of events that celebrate the achievements of people between 12 and 25, that held from 8 – 17 April 2016.
Mr O’Brien said 92 organisations had received National Youth Week grants that assisted more than 19,500 young people from across Victoria.
“I encourage local groups to join that list of those who have received funding in the past and submit an application to recognise the important part young people play in our region,” Mr O’Brien said.
Applications are open until Friday, 13 November 2015. Visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/nyw to apply or to find out more.