SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FREEZA GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is unlocking the latest round of FReeZA grants to give young Victorians the chance to design and host their own youth-oriented events.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced $7.2 million to continue the successful FReeZA program, which has seen thousands of activities – like live band gigs, art exhibitions and BMX exhibitions – held across Victoria over the past 20 years.

All events are drug, alcohol and smoke-free and aimed at creating an opportunity for young people to come together and learn new skills in staging events.

Eligible local governments and community organisations will receive grants of up to $73,500 for regional providers and $72,000 for metropolitan providers.

Aside from participating and performing in events, young people are encouraged to get involved in the organisation of FReeZA activities, giving them the opportunity for skills development and workplace experience to lead to employment or future education pathways.

Each year, more than 150,000 young people attend more than 400 FReeZA events all over Victoria.

The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them.

Applications for the FReeZA 2019-21 grant round are scheduled to close on Friday, 15 June, 2018.

For further information about the FReeZA program and for details on how to apply for a grant, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“Just last month we heard that Melbourne is the live music capital of the world – and FReeZA is a great way of getting young people into the scene.”

“These are events for young people, by young people.”

“We’re proud to keep this annual tradition going and urge local governments and community organisations to get involved and apply for a grant to support young people in your community.”