Creating opportunities for young people in NSW
The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.
Funded projects from previous rounds have focused 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; and providing volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.
Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW. For a list of organisations and their projects funded in 2017 click here.
Youth Opportunities Grant Applications
Organisations seeking project funding from the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people in all aspects of the project (initiating, leading, managing and participating).
Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are those initiated by young people in response to what they have said they need. We are seeking applications which address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community.
Organisations must speak with young people and involve them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.
Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. These Guidelines and more are available to download here:
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Applications are submitted via the Smarty Grants online grants administration system and can be accessed from here.
Youth Opportunities Program Contact
Inclusion and Early Intervention, Department of Family and Community Services
Phone 02 8753 8430
Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth Opportunities Program is managed by the Inclusion and Early Intervention Directorate in the Department of Family and Community Services.