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Apply for a youth-led COVID-19 recovery grant


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Please refer to the COVID-19 health information on the SA Health website.

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Grants are open for youth-led initiatives that will support South Australians responding to the impacts of COVID-19 — thanks to a new State Government commitment worth $740,000.

The Youth-led Recovery Grants will support councils to undertake activities and initiatives — led by young people aged 12 to 24 years — that respond to the impact of COVID-19.

The Government has partnered with the Local Government Association to give South Australian councils the opportunity to apply for a one-off competitive grant of:

  • up to $20,000 for individual councils, and
  • up to $50,000 for collaborations between councils and the non-for-profit sector.

Outcomes to be met

Initiatives funded by the Youth-led Recovery Grants must meet one or more of these outcomes:

  • Improving individual and/or community social and emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • Improving individual and/or community economic wellbeing and resilience
  • Reducing social isolation and increasing the participation of priority groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, international students and the elderly.
  • Strengthening digital inclusion to create social inclusion by facilitating digital access, digital literacy and digital enablement.

Funding will support councils to work with young people

It has been a particularly tough time for many South Australians, including our young people, and this new funding will support councils to work with young people in their communities as they lead innovative and meaningful recovery efforts now and into next year.

This includes projects led by young people for young people, but also has capacity to reach other sections of the community, such as the elderly or people who are socially isolated due to COVID-19.

What the government has committed

  • $500,000 to finance the once-off youth-led recovery grants, and
  • an additional $240,000 to fund two 12-month youth advocacy and support Project Officer positions at the Working Women’s Centre and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia.

The Project Officer positions expand the education, advocacy and support functions of these organisations at a critical time as further trends emerge about how specific groups of young people are being affected by COVID-19, including students, newly arrived residents and young employees.

More information or to apply for a grant

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