Rural and regional governments are given an opportunity to develop exciting initiatives to help young people participate in their local communities.
Grants of up to $30,000 will be provided to support rural and regional local governments to develop youth engagement strategies, activities and solutions.
This will enable young people in rural and regional Victoria to participate in community.
This program recognises that some young people experience significant barriers to active participation in their community, including:
- 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.
Through the development of appropriate youth engagement strategies, activities and solutions, local governments will be better equipped to increase the engagement of these young people in local government and community decision making.
Exciting initiatives already funded
The Rural and regional local government youth engagement program has already funded some exciting initiatives that are helping young people participate in their local communities, including:
- The Rural City of Wangaratta’s Rural advocacy disability project that is enabling young people living with a disability to get involved and develop local projects
- Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Youth forum project that is supporting disengaged young people take part in local forums, vote on change-making projects and form working groups to deliver them.
Applications the for 2016-17 grant round have closed.