ORGANISATIONS keen to kick-start programs promoting youth engagement can now apply for up to $50,000 as part of the NSW Government's Youth Opportunities Grants.
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A share of $1.5 million is available for not-for-profits, community groups and councils.
We want to hear about projects that encourage young people to learn new skills, meet new people and create stronger, more cohesive communities.
The program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for projects that remove barriers that prevent youth from taking up new opportunities.
For more information, or to apply, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/.
I WANT to encourage all young people in our region to apply to be part of next year's Regional Youth Taskforce, a ministerial advisory group which will have a direct line to government to raise issues faced by friends and classmates in their communities.
The search is on for applicants aged between 12 and 24 who want to have a say on the needs of their peers when it comes to services, programs and infrastructure in the bush.
Since the Regional Youth Taskforce was formed last year, members have provided advice and feedback to NSW Government ministers on local issues, resulting in immediate action and work to deliver improvements in areas such as education, digital connectivity and obtaining a driver's licence.
If you are aged 12 to 24 and have an idea about how to make life better for young people or are passionate about your area, being on the taskforce is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in your age group and, importantly, tells us what you really want for your town or city.
We know each region has different challenges, so we are seeking an even representation of two members from each of the nine NSW regions.
We are looking for applications from everybody, not just the best and brightest, but those who can talk with firsthand experience.
For more information or to apply, visit www.nsw.gov.au/RegionalYouthTaskforce
I'M encouraging eligible agencies to apply for the annual Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grants, which are now open.
The $1.4 million grant program supports the skills development of Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities.
This important initiative makes a range of grants available, from a one-off $10,000 payment all the way up to $40,000 for permanent and temporary roles.
The grants also support entry level jobs through school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant works to develop and support Aboriginal Australians through training and employment.
It is all about opportunities in areas of education, training and employment.
Applicants need to visit www.elsadixon.smartygrants.com.au to complete the application.
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