Local governments and community organisations can apply for grants to develop volunteering and mentoring programs for young people.

The Engage! program aims to help young people get involved in their communities.

Through Engage!, young people aged 12 to 25 years are helped to get involved in all aspects of community life, from volunteering and mentoring programs, to projects that will increase real-life skills and connect young people to further education, training or careers.

Engage! provides local governments and community organisations with grants of up to $150,000 over three years to develop projects with young people, for young people. Through these projects, young people will become more connected to their community, become engaged in education, training and career pathways and have an opportunity to build their networks.

Engage! objectives

Engage! aims to:

  • Increase young people’s participation in their community by getting involved  in local decision-making and community initiatives
  • Increase the knowledge, skills and leadership abilities of young people, and  provide pathways into education, training and careers
  • Improve young people’s networks and strengthen connections with their  families, friends and community.

What kind of projects could be funded?

Engage! gives young people opportunities to get involved in a wide range of initiatives, such as:

  • Volunteering
  • Mentoring
  • Peer support groups
  • Community education
  • Starting and running youth advisory groups
  • Learning real-life skills to connect young people to further education, training  or career pathways
  • Leadership and personal development skills.

The Engage! 2015-2017 program started on 1 January 2015 and will continue until 31 December 2017.