Funding Boost To Support Disadvantaged Youth

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting programs for disadvantaged adults and kids, with $4 million in funding through the Community Support Fund.

The funding will allow Reclink to establish the ACTiVIC program, which will support over 1,500 youth and other Victorians experiencing disadvantage every year.

The funding will enable Reclink to provide sports programs – including water sports such as yachting, surfing, stand up paddle boards, diving and learn to swim programs for migrants – in nine locations across Victoria.

The programs will improve social inclusion and increasing confidence and water safety for those involved.

Treasurer Tim Pallas announced the funding today at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, which has partnered with Reclink Australia to help young people experiencing disadvantage to participate in yachting and beachside activities.

The Community Support Fund allocates more than $100 million a year to support a range of community-based organisations and councils building strong and sustainable communities.

Other initiatives funded through the Community Support Fund include programs to tackle problem gambling, drug education, treatment and rehabilitation, financial counselling and support for families in crisis, as well as funding for youth programs and the arts.