Youth Development and Support Program

Up to $70,000 is available for projects that develop young people’s potential and strengths.

What is the Youth Development and Support Program?

The Australian Government established the Youth Development and Support Program (YDSP) to provide funding for development opportunities for young people in Australia aged between 12 and 25 years. The Government has committed $500,000 under the Program to fund initiatives that inspire and encourage young people to engage with government and their community, and help them develop skills and connections within their communities.

Through the Program, the Government will provide funding to eligible non-government, not-for-profit organisations to deliver a range of Community-based and National Youth Organisations, small-scale projects that will involve productive participation and encourage social inclusion of young people.

In 2012-2013 the YDSP will provide funding to projects under the theme ‘ready for further study and work’.

These Projects will enhance wellbeing and build resilience of Young People and/or demonstrate the social and economic benefits of engaging in personal development, study, training and/or work and engaging with the broader community.



Generally, this year’s theme for funding, ‘Ready for further study and work’, includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following areas:

  • developing young people’s potential and strengths;
  • building young people’s resilience and ability to cope with stress;
  • raising young people’s educational and employment aspirations;
  • assisting young people to successfully transition into study, training or employment; and
  • leadership programs.



The 2012-13 Funding Round opens Monday 7 May 2012 and will close at 5pm AEST on Friday 1 June 2012.


The goals of the YDSP are to:

  • inspire young people in Australia to recognise and achieve their full potential and to be active citizens;
  • support the development of young people and their transitions to independence and adulthood;
  • support opportunities for young people and local or national youth organisations to engage with the Australian Government’s youth initiatives such as the National Strategy for Young Australians and the Australian Youth Forum;
  • promote positive perceptions of young people as respected young citizens in their communities; and
  • to engage with young people in a number of communities and to communicate best practice models of engagement.


Who is eligible to apply?

Program funding is available to organisations only.  GRANTS WILL NOT BE PAID TO INDIVIDUALS. In order to apply for and receive Program funding, an organisation must be:

  • a non-government organisation; and
  • not-for-profit; and
  • a company or an incorporated association.

The following entities are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for, or receive, Program funding:

  • bodies that are not legal entities;
  • government organisations and entities (including local government councils);
  • individuals;
  • for-profit organisations;
  • schools;
  • publicly funded vocational education and training providers (e.g. TAFEs); and
  • higher education providers.




The Australian Government has committed $500,000 for the 2012-13 Program. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for the level of assistance appropriate to the scale and scope of the proposed project.

Organisations applying under Stream 1 of the 2012-13 YDSP Funding Round, can apply for grants of up to $40,000 GST exclusive to manage small-scale, Community-based, ‘youth designed, youth led, local community focused’ projects that work with and support young people to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate for the nominated project period to be completed (including reporting) by the end of July 2013.

Organisations applying under Stream 2 of the 2012-13 YDSP Funding Round, can apply for grants of up to $70,000 GST exclusive for the nominated project period to be completed (including reporting) by the end of July 2013.


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