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$1.5 million to help youth thrive

Last published on 07 Jun 2018 in Media releases

The NSW Government is urging organisations across NSW to apply for a share of $1.5 million to support projects that improve youth participation in the community.

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams today announced applications for the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program are now open.

“The program provides one-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects,” Mr Williams said.

“In this year’s funding round there will be an additional $400,000 available, meaning more young people will benefit.”

“Projects previously selected aim to upskill young people to provide them with greater opportunities for employment in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events planning or media.”

Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) is one organisation benefiting from the last round of Youth Opportunities funding. The group have used the grant to run a spoken word poetry initiative for youth.

“Youth Opportunities has meant we have been able to create an avenue for young people to pursue their passion of poetry and discuss issues that affect them in a public forum,” Dominic Brook, MMAD CEO said.

“Our program has given young people a voice and an opportunity to develop valuable leadership, event management and marketing skills.”

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW.

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on Monday 16 July 2018.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: http://youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities

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