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Youth Opportunities - 2024

ClosedGrant Closed: 7th of August 2023 - 5:00 pm Value: $10,000 to $50,000 Run By: NSW Department of Communities and Justice Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/youth-opportunities-program/youth-opportunities-grant-applications

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants for new projects that enable marginalised young people to lead and participate in their communities.

The purpose of Program is to increase marginalised young people’s participation in activities that strengthen their connection and belonging to their communities.

The Program supports organisations to empower marginalised young people to design and deliver community projects, enabling them to:

  • overcome barriers to participating in the community
  • build community based partnerships and networks
  • feel a greater sense of belonging within their community
  • feel empowered, as their ideas and opinions are respected, considered and acted upon
  • gain relevant training to support their participation
  • feel more confident within themselves and their abilities, having expanded their knowledge and skills
  • seek further opportunities to participate and stay engaged in their community.

The Youth Opportunities program requires applicant organisations to have spoken with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting a grant application.

Organisations must also involve young people at every stage of the project – from identifying the need and developing the project proposal through to design, project delivery and final review.

Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations operating in NSW and NSW Local Councils are eligible to apply.

Projects should focus on giving young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including:

  • life skills and healthy behaviours
  • leadership, communication and teamwork
  • event management and planning
  • volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Example projects

  • mentoring programs

  • workshops and events
  • creative arts programs e.g. visual arts, theatre, songwriting
  • life skills, training and professional development programs
  • community networking
  • work readiness programs
  • health and wellbeing events
  • financial literacy workshops
  • digital literacy training.
Last Updated: 23rd of July 2023
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