WA Youth Engagement Grants Program

Funding for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that engage young people aged 10 to 25 years in creative ways to help achieve positive outcomes for young people in the community.
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The WA Youth Engagement Grants Program supports initiatives and projects that promote and empower young people aged 10 to 25 years.

Youth engagement initiatives and projects that promote and empower young people will be prioritised.  In particular, projects that support, inform, and build capacity of young people in the following areas:

  • Increase representation and engagement of vulnerable and marginalised young people underrepresented in youth development initiatives and decision-making mechanisms. For example, increasing representation on boards and committees and/or supporting young people to lead the co-design of initiatives or service.
    • Youth development initiatives support young people to attain life skills, develop the knowledge/skill and confidence needed to be involved in community life and achieve their goals.
    • Marginalised and vulnerable young people include (but not limited to): culturally and linguistically diverse young people; young carers, young people in regional, rural or remote Western Australia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander young people; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual and other diverse sex, sexuality and gender (LGBTIQA+) young people.
  • Support young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, to get the information, training and skills they need to successfully transition to work and/or improve their employment outcomes.
  • Improve mental wellbeing outcomes for all young people. For example, projects that:
    • influence young people to make positive life choices and reach their potential; and
    • support building the resilience of young people and utilising protective factors in their environment to support them with overcoming adversity.
  • Increase engagement and representation of young people in environmental projects. For example, projects led by young people that seek to value and care for the environment, and or improve environmental outcomes.
  • Enhance cultural identity and connection. For example, projects that establish strong community connections and support young people to be confident and strong in their identify and culture.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for short-term, one-off activities or initiatives of up to six months’ duration, and Grants of up to $10,000 for longer term, community-wide, strategic initiatives (6-12 months).