National Youth Week 2016 Grants Now Open

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting young Victorians with $187,000 in grants to celebrate National Youth Week in 2016.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos opened applications today for community organisations, local councils and schools to apply for one-off grants to help them celebrate young people’s involvement in their communities.

Organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to $2000 to support National Youth Week activities.

Thousands of young Victorians are expected to get active and involved in National Youth Week 2016, taking place from 8 – 17 April 2016.

The grants can be used to develop and hold events like art shows, music concerts and other activities that celebrate young people’s achievements and encourage participation in the community.

National Youth Week is an annual week-long celebration of young people aged from 12 to 25 years old, allowing them to express their creativity and have their say about issues important to them.

This year 92 organisations received National Youth Week grants which assisted more than 19,500 young people from across Victoria to participate in events and activities.

National Youth Week 2016 is jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Applications are open until Friday 13 November 2015. Visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/nyw to apply or to find out more.

In addition to Youth Week Grants the Labor Government provided $8 million in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget for programs that benefit and support young Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos

“The National Youth Week celebrations are an example of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to recognising the achievements of young people.”

 “I encourage all organisations that support young Victorians to apply for a grant and get involved in National Youth Week 2016.”

“This is an opportunity for young Victorians to extend their skills and use their creative talents on projects like sports events, art exhibitions, music festivals and workshops to celebrate young people in our community.”

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