The Andrews Labor Government has opened applications for grants to engage young people and help them reach their full potential and connect with their local community.
Grants are available through the Labor Government’s $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program – open to local governments and community organisations – to support young people to engage in community life and access education, training and career opportunities.
The grants of between $90,000 and $150,000 also aim to help young people aged 12 to 25 take part in local decision making and other community initiatives.
The grants will help organisations to engage young people through volunteering, mentorships, leadership, skills building and other community building activities.
They will assist organisations to support a range of young people – including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, and young people with a disability.
Eligible local governments and community organisations who work with young people in their communities are encouraged to apply.
Engage! supports the Government’s plan to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement.
The Engage! 2015-17 grant round supported more than 100 organisations and engaged more than 100,000 young people over three years.
Applications for the Engage! 2018-20 grant round close on Friday, 10 November 2017.
To apply or for more information visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/
Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos
“The Andrews Labor Government is inspiring young people – from all backgrounds – to engage because we know how valuable they are to their local communities.”
“It’s important that we invest in projects that boost the skills and experience of young people from all walks of life, so that they can follow their dreams and reach their potential.”