Community organisations running programs in Colac Otway Shire, to help at risk and vulnerable young Victorians can now apply for funding of up to $150,000 over three years from the Brumby Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said three-year funding of up to $50,000 a year was available for programs starting in January 2009 as part of the Brumby Government’s $12.3 million Youth Participation and Access (YPA) program.
Ms Tierney said applications were now open for the YPA program and encouraged community organisations and local governments to apply for assistance to fund a variety of activities, including mentoring.
“Indigenous young people, newly arrived Victorians and those from diverse communities often face barriers to participation in the broader community and the YPA program provides much vital assistance for those who support them,” Ms Tierney said.
“Other target groups include young Victorians living with a disability, those in isolated rural communities, living in rapid growth areas, are same-sex attracted, or are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
The YPA program aims to support vulnerable young people to get involved and potentially make a difference in their community.
Youth Affairs Minister James Merlino said the Brumby Government’s funding over three years would allow relationships to be fully developed between the young people, the organisations and local communities and lead to better outcomes.
“Through these programs young people develop the confidence and the skills they need to make informed choices and lead fulfilling and productive lives. It is a proven strategy for helping young Victorians to reach their potential in life,” he said.
“Since 2005, the YPA program has been helping deliver innovative programs that develop the capacity and skills of people aged between 12 and 25 years across Victoria.
In addition to YPA, under the Brumby Government’s Mentoring and Capacity Building Initiative 2009-2011 funds are also available for up to twelve targeted youth mentoring projects.
Not-for-profit community organisations and local governments can apply for grants through www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au before 5pm on Friday 5 September 2008.
For more information call the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356.