Funding Available Through Youth Opportunities Program

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Up to $1 million is being made available to incorporated non-government organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP has said that applications are now open through the Youth Opportunities program to provide one-off time-limited grants of up to $50,000 each to projects which engage young people to lead and participate in a range of community development activities.

Projects that have been funded in previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the chance to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training. A full list of the projects that have been previously funded are available from the website at

The Youth Strategy and Participation Unit of Family and Community Services (FACS) will be holding a series of workshops across NSW to answer questions from potential applicants about the guidelines and the application process. The nearest workshop will be held this Friday, August 7 at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre located at the corner of Frederick and Pearson Streets, Charlestown between 10am-12noon.

Incorporated non-government organisations and local government are eligible to apply for funding under the Youth Opportunities program. Successful applicants will need to use a range of strategies to support and engage young people.

The application period closes online at 5:00pm on Monday, 31 August 2015. Further information regarding the Program can be found on the website at or by email to