Date published: 
31 July 2020
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Morrison Government is encouraging youth advocacy organisations to apply for grants under a $1 million program designed to help all young Australians reach their full potential.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck, said the Youth Advocacy Support Grants will help organisations advocating on behalf of young people, especially those who are from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds.

“I encourage organisations advocating for young people to apply for a grant so they can continue to give youth a voice,” Minister Colbeck said.

“We want all young people to be active participants and contribute to Australian society.

“This is where youth advocacy organisations have a role to play providing practical help and professional guidance.”

Youth advocacy can empower young people in their everyday lives by providing support and advice about jobs, mental health, education, housing, relationships and more.

“There are a lot of demands on young people and being able to get help where and when they need it is important no matter what their background or circumstance in life,” Minister Colbeck said.

“COVID-19 is having an enormous health and economic effect on young Australians which is why it’s more important than ever that they continue to have the support they need to reach their full potential.”

Organisations applying for a grant should have a track record demonstrating extensive experience delivering youth advocacy services and the ability to engage effectively with young people.

Successful grant recipients are expected to deliver programs over the 2020–21 financial year.

The grant round will open Monday 3 August. For more information and to apply for a Youth Advocacy Support Grant please visit Grant Connect at www.grants.gov.au.