FYA developed the COVID-19 Youth Response Fund, to back initiatives that are responding to the urgent needs of young people at this time; and to those that are using this period of uncertainty to influence the systems that cause injustice and inequality. The fund was issued to youth-led organisations between May and June 2020.

The fund supported two kinds of initiatives:

  • New initiatives that recognised and uniquely responded to the hardship young people face now and/or will face in the future.
  • Existing initiatives that provided a valuable on-going service to young people, which required additional funding to adapt or continue their work given the impact of COVID-19 on either their activities or funding sources.

Applications were received from initiatives based in all states and territories in Australia. The top areas that applicants requested funding were for Education, Mental Health, Basic Living Need and Employment. A total of $6.4 million was asked for across the two rounds of funding.



Applications received


of funding distributed to 15 initiatives



of applications were for education initiatives