The COVID-19 Youth Response Fund will provide one-off grants between $5,000 and $20,000 to youth-led (aged 15-29) initiatives that are responding to the impact COVID-19 is having on young people.
Two kinds of initiatives will be supported:
We’re looking to fund initiatives which can be delivered immediately. They might be responses to the needs of young people during this time of crisis, or could be focused on influencing decisions that are being made during this period, but are likely to impact young people well into the future.
Through consultation with our community, a number of issue areas have been identified as having the most significant effect on young people. While this is not comprehensive and other areas will be considered, priority may be given to the issues pinpointed by the young leaders in FYA programs as follows:
Ensuring the continuity, quality and viability of education at primary, high school and tertiary levels.
Ensuring young people have access to sufficient financial resources and/or employment to sustain their basic living needs.
Ensuring young people are not exposed to environments where they are at risk of experiencing domestic violence.
Ensuring young people have access to the essential communities, services and support networks to maintain a positive mental state through this period.
Ensuring young people, particularly those from remote Indigenous communities, have access to basic living necessities such as food, health care and housing.
Ensuring any potential negative impacts on the environment following the virus, such as increased consumerism or investment in fossil fuels, are minimised and negated.
Ensuring young people that identify as being part of a minority do not experience discrimination and do not disproportionately suffer as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
To be eligible for the grant, applicants must:
Applications will be accepted from organisations and individuals.
If a written application is not accessible to you, FYA is happy to receive either video or audio format. If this is your preference, please limit your responses to a maximum of one minute per question and submit them in MP3 format (audio) or via a private Youtube link (video) to Mehak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opens: 10am Monday 4th May, 2020
Closes: 12pm Friday 15th May, 2020
Recipients to be notified and funding distributed by the end of May.
Opens: 10am Monday 1st June, 2020
Closes: 12pm Friday 12th June, 2020
Recipients to be notified and funding distributed by late June.