Up to $30,000 is available to support young people to participate in local government and community decision-making.
The Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program supports rural and regional local governments to develop youth engagement strategies, activities and solutions that better support young people who are not well represented to participate in community life in rural and regional Victoria. These young people may include:
- young people living in areas of high socio-economic disadvantage
- indigenous young people
- young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- young people experiencing mental or physical health issues
- young people living with a disability
- newly arrived young people
- same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people.
The Victorian Government recognises that young people from rural and regional Victoria, particularly young people who have not been well represented in the community, face additional challenges to get involved and be heard in local government and community decision making.
Grants of up to $30,000 are available to rural and regional local governments only.
The Rural and Regional Local Government Young Engagement Program will fund rural and regional communities to develop innovative strategies, activities and solutions that engage young people who have not been well represented in their community and that strengthen their involvement in local decision making and change making in the community.
The Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program grants are available to rural and regional local governments only. This grant is not available to metropolitan and interface local governments or community organisations.
Priority will be given to applicants that were not funded under the Local Government Youth Inclusion Grants 2010-11 to 2014-15, provided that applications meet the application criteria in all respects.
Applications close 21 October 2016.
- Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program Guidelines
The Andrews Labor Government is better connecting young people in rural and regional Victoria to their local communities and giving them a greater voice in decision making.
Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced grants up to $30,000 to engage young people in local government and community decision making in rural and regional Victoria.
The grants recognise the valuable contribution that young people make to Victoria, and will empower them to get involved in shaping their community.
They will also engage young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability and same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people.
The 2016-17 grant recipients include:
- Mildura Rural City Council, with their Partners for Youth Project, which will build a toolkit to encourage community organisations and businesses to engage and work with young people
- City of Greater Geelong, which will provide a platform for young Aboriginal people to have a voice and advocate the needs of young people through the Koorie Youth Leadership and Advisory Group
- Loddon Shire Council, which will provide mentoring for young people facing significant barriers to participation, help them engage with the community through local clubs and organisations, and deliver change-making activities.
The grants are part of the Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program, a $425,000 investment over two years, to engage young people in local government and community decision-making through a range of locally developed and youth-focussed initiatives.
The program recognises that young people in regional and rural Victoria can face additional challenges to community participation.
For more information on the program go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.