Up to $73,000 is available from FreeZa to help young people to plan, organise and enjoy drug, alcohol and smoke-free events that are fully supervised. 




FReeZA is an innovative youth development program, provides funding for organisations to involve young people to plan and stage fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free events in their community.

The program is an opportunity for young people to socialise and have fun, while gaining valuable experience and skills organising free local youth events.



FReeZA will play an important role in meeting the Victoria Government’s priorities for young people by:

  • engaging young people in training and youth development activities, including event management, teamwork and leadership development
  • strengthening connections between young people and local businesses, schools and other community
    organisations in the staging of music and cultural events
  • involving young people in the decision making process in all aspects of the FReeZA program
  • creating music, cultural and recreational events that meet the local needs and interests of young people
  • providing opportunities for young emerging artists to perform at local FReeZA events
  • recognising and celebrating the volunteering contribution made by young people to their community



Grants of up to $73,000 over three years for regional providers and $72,000 over three years for metropolitan providers will be available


Eligible Projects

Successful proposals should be inclusive and accessible for all local young people within the community and provide important performance opportunities for local musicians and young artists.

All previously funded projects have:

  • implemented a youth participation approach for engaging and supporting young people
  • established a FReeZA committee which is representative of the community, with committee
    members between the ages of 12-25
  • supported young people on the FReeZA committee by identifying skill needs and providing training
  • overseen the delivery of music or cultural events (as determined by the FReeZA committee)
  • identified further education, training and employment pathways and other local volunteering opportunities for young people
  • implemented strategies to ensure the FReeZA program is inclusive and accessible for all young people


Eligible Applicants

Local government and community organisations may apply, provided that:

  • the applicant is a legal entity, such as a not for profit incorporated body, co-operative or association
  • the recipient has an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provides written advice from the Australian Tax Office
    that withholding tax is not required from the grant payment. Grants to organisations not registered for GST may be made on a GST exclusive basis. All project budgets should be submitted exclusive of GST and



Application closes 15 June 2018.


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