For young Australians, 2020 has been a tough year. The impact of the Australian bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing challenges with employment, mental health, and transportation have had a profound and disproportionate impact on their lives.
The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme (YAPGS), an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and FYA, will respond to this hardship by providing grants between $5,000 and $20,000 (a total of up to $950K inc. GST) to projects that support young people (15-24 years) as they navigate and recover from this period.
Applications close at 11:59 PM AEST Wednesday 7th October.
YAPGS is open to both individuals and organisations with two kinds of projects to be supported:
New projects that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people are facing now and will face in the future.
Existing projects that provide a valuable on-going service to young people, which require additional funding to adapt or continue that work given the impact of the current environment.
The projects must support young people aged 15-24, not be commercial and should conclude by June 18, 2021.
All projects supporting young people will be considered however, there will be a particular focus on employment, mental health, transportation, and the impacts of COVID-19 and the Australian Bushfires.
Funds may be used to pay for project costs including, but not limited to, staffing, equipment purchase, consumables, or marketing.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications via email by December 11, 2020.
Successful recipients will be required to:
Attend two online capacity building summits on January 22 and June 30, 2021. They will also be provided access to an online community, weekly skill-based workshops, and storytelling opportunities where available.
Submit a brief report summarising how the funds were spent and the impact achieved at the project’s conclusion. FYA will provide a template to support this.
YAPGS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.