MORE than $1.1 million in state government funding is now available for innovative projects that will help young people in country areas realise their full potential and benefit the wider community.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announced that applications for the state’s Youth Opportunities Program were now open.
The program funds local organisations to deliver youth-led and youth-driven community projects.
“The Youth Opportunities Program supports grassroots projects that will make a real and positive difference to the lives of young people in our region,” Mr Marshall said.
“If you have a good idea or project, don’t miss this opportunity. Apply for funding today.”
Since 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided more than $6.8 million in funding to over 120 projects across NSW involving more than 31,500 young people.
Locally, projects at Bundarra Central School and Guyra’s Youth Hub have been funded previously through this program.
“It doesn’t matter whether you live in Moree or Mossman, young people can contribute to their community and make a huge difference,” Mr Marshall said.
“Helping them realise their full potential will benefit everyone.”
Under the program community organisations and local councils can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for new projects that support young people’s participation, engagement and inclusion in the community.
The state government will conduct a series of workshops across NSW to answer questions from potential applicants about the program guidelines and the application process.
The online application process is now open and closes at 5pm on Monday, 27 June 2016. Successful applications will be announced later this year.
For more information on Youth Opportunities, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au