National Youth Week Grants Now Open / by Brooke Tunbridge

Have you got a head full of ideas to celebrate Youth Week that you need someone to support? National Youth Week Grants are now open and they're calling for ideas.

Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie City Council are inviting community groups to get involved and apply for funding for events and activities for young people aged 12-24, to be held during National Youth Week 2018 (13th-22nd April).

Youth Week started as a NSW government initiative in 1989 and became a national event in 2000 as a joint Australian government, state, territory and local government initiative. Thousands of people aged 12-24 get involved each year and if you're eligible, I encourage you to do the same!

Lake Macquarie City Council

Not-for-profit community groups in Lake Macquarie City can apply for grants of up to $1000 to fund activities during National Youth Week.

“Youth Week is now the largest annual youth participation event in Australia and it’s important that young people in Lake Mac have the opportunity to be part of it,” Council's Acting Manager Community Planning, Wes Hain said.

“Youth Week aims to give young people a voice to raise awareness of issues and promote ideas from young people in Lake Macquarie. We’re looking for initiatives that involve young people in the design and delivery of events.”

Events and activities that achieve outcomes identified in the Lake Macquarie Youth Strategy, such as improving access to services for young people or ensuring they have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to public life, will be highly regarded for funding.

You can find the application forms, funding guidelines and information here.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15 December 2017.

Newcastle City Council

Just like Lake Mac, NCC wants to celebrate the youth and their contribution to the community.

Head to the Council's website to read the policy and guidelines before submitting a grant application. 

At the link above you'll find a form on the website which needs to be completed by Friday 9th February 2018.

An important note to remember is Council will not fund individuals or government agencies.