Op­por­tu­nity to work with young peo­ple

Benalla Ensign - - Community Voice -

State Mem­ber for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Na­tion­als Steph Ryan is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to ap­ply for youth fund­ing un­der the En­gage! 2018-2020 pro­gram.

The En­gage pro­gram is of­fer­ing grants of be­tween $90 000 and $150 000 dur­ing three years to lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to work with young peo­ple to de­velop and de­liver ac­tiv­i­ties in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘Th­ese grants pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to work with young peo­ple aged 12 to 25 years to de­velop ac­tiv­i­ties that will help im­prove their health and well­be­ing, so­cial con­nec­tions and their ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Pri­or­ity will be given to pro­pos­als that give young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the plan­ning and de­liv­ery of the pro­gram and which are in­clu­sive and ac­ces­si­ble for all young peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

Ms Ryan is also en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal peo­ple aged 12 to 25 to ap­ply for fund­ing to support events and ac­tiv­i­ties planned dur­ing National Youth Week 2018.

‘‘Grants of up to $2000 are avail­able for young peo­ple to work in part­ner­ship with lo­cal gov­ern­ments or com­mu­nity groups to or­gan­ise events that cel­e­brate youth,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Vic­to­rian Youth Week will cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion young peo­ple make to our com­mu­ni­ties and will run from Fri­day, April 13, to Sun­day, April 22.

‘‘There are so many amaz­ing young peo­ple achiev­ing won­der­ful things right across the Euroa elec­torate and I feel so for­tu­nate that I get the op­por­tu­nity to meet so many of them.

‘‘Th­ese grants pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for our young peo­ple to share their knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ences to de­velop and de­liver projects, ac­tiv­i­ties and events.

‘‘I en­cour­age those work­ing with young peo­ple across the elec­torate to con­sider ap­ply­ing for both the 2018 National Youth Week grant and the En­gage! 2018-20 grant.’’

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the En­gage! 2018-2020 grants close on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, and ap­pli­ca­tions for the National Youth Week 2018 grants close on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24,.

For more in­for­ma­tion about both grants, phone Steph Ryan’s of­fice on (03) 5762 1600 or email steph.ryan@par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au

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