A new grants program, which aims to actively involve young people in the design, planning and implementation of creative local projects, is now open.
Under the Youth Engagement Grants Program, local governments and community organisations can apply for up to $5,000 for activities or initiatives lasting up to six months, and up to $10,000 for longer term initiatives.
The grants program will encourage collaboration between local government and community groups, providing initiatives that allow young people to be creative in their community.
Young people will be supported and encouraged to participate in decision making, planning and delivering services and programs that meet their diverse needs.
It will also ensure young people have the right to be part of a community where they are treated with respect and feel safe, welcome and included.
The grants program has been designed around the 'Our Youth - Our Future' youth strategic framework, which provides a whole-of-government framework to guide youth program and service planning in an integrated way.
To be eligible, projects submitted for the new grants must address the framework's outcomes and follow the 10 principles in developing youth-friendly communities.
To apply for a youth engagement grant, see application guidelines