Youth-led COVID-19 recovery grant

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About the Youth-led Recovery Grant?

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has partnered with the Local Government Association (LGA) to provide South Australian councils the opportunity to apply for a one-off competitive small grant.

Recognising the role of young people as innovators in their communities and their ability to be pioneers in addressing a range of local community needs; the Youth-led Recovery Grants will enable councils to undertake activities and initiatives, led by young people aged 12-24 years, that respond to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Young people are identified as one of the cohorts most impacted by the short and long-term effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that young people are provided with opportunities to be leaders in recovery efforts that address emerging community needs and improve resilience, both for themselves and their local communities.

The Youth-led Recovery Grants provide an opportunity for councils to undertake and be supported in their proactive engagement with their young residents as South Australia moves from crisis responses to recovery and the ‘new normal’.

The Grants are intended to provide the youth of South Australia with the chance to develop the knowledge and confidence needed to build life skills and resilience to achieve their goals in these uncertain times.

Outcomes Youth-led Recovery Grant

The Youth-led Recovery Grant funding round closed on the 28 September and thirty-one applications were received, seeking a total of $925,820 in funding. This was almost double the available funding of $500,000.

The assessment panel consisting of members from the LGA, DHS and two young Australians (12-24) assessed the applications based on the criteria in the Youth-led Recovery Grants Funding Guidelines.  Overall, the assessment panel was impressed by their high calibre and wide range of innovative proposals for youth-led activities to assist our collective recovery from COVID-19.

Further to this 14 projects were approved by the assessment panel. The projects spanned across 23 local government areas. With a mix of rural, regional and metropolitan councils awarded grants.

Successful projects

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Youth-led Recovery Grant projects