GRANTS PACKAGE TO KICK OFF NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK

The Andrews Labor Government is helping young Victorians get active and involved in National Youth Week 2017, with a $210,000 grants package.

Speaking at the first of a series of 12 regional and metropolitan Youth Forums in Swan Hill, Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos announced applications for funding had opened.

The forums are a precursor to Victoria’s inaugural Youth Summit, to be held during National Youth Week 2017.

The Labor Government is encouraging community organisations, local councils and schools to apply for the one-off grants to help them celebrate young people’s involvement in their community.

Organisations can apply for grants of up to $2000 to support their National Youth Week activities.

The grants can be used for young people to hold events and undertake projects, such as art shows, music concerts, cultural days, sporting events or forums, which showcase their achievements and their involvement in their communities.

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

Established in 2000, National Youth Week is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments.

In 2017, National Youth Week will run from 31 March to 9 April.

Grant applications are open until Friday, 11 November 2016. Visitwww.youthcentral.vic.gov.au to apply, or for more details.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“National Youth Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of young Victorians and their contribution to community life.”

“Through creativity, skills and hard work, young people from different background, cultures and places are shaping their local communities and having a positive impact.”