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.

Youth-Led Recovery Grant Information Session

LGA hosted an Information Session on the Youth-led Recovery Grants on Thursday 10 September (10:30am till 11:30am)

Please click here for further information

The video recording is available for logged in members to view below.

How to apply for the Youth-led Recovery Grants

Before completing this application form, you are expected to familiarise yourself with the following documents.


The applications are open to the following.

  1. South Australia’s 68 councils
  2. South Australian Regional Local Government Associations

Note: The following collaborations are permitted, but a lead council sponsor must be identified:

  • Collaborations between multiple councils
  • Collaborations between councils and not for profit community organisations

Funding pool

  • The total funding pool is $500,000 (GST exclusive).
  • Up to $20,000 of funding is available for individual councils (GST exclusive)
  • Up to $50,000 of funding is available for collaborations between councils or between councils and not for profit community organisations (GST exclusive)

Assessment criteria

The full assessment criteria is available through Youth-led Recovery Grants Funding Guidelines and projects must:

  • Include a proposal for a community recovery project that responds to the impacts of COVID-19 and is youth-led, involving young people aged 12-24 years
  • Be achievable within the required time frame
  • Provide value for money
  • Include at least one of the following outcomes.
    • Outcome 1: Improve individual and/or community social and emotional wellbeing and resilience
    • Outcome 2: Improve individual and/or community economic wellbeing and resilience
    • Outcome 3: Reduce social isolation and increase the participation of priority groups in the local community
    • Outcome 4: Strengthen digital inclusion as a means to create social inclusion by facilitating digital access, digital literacy and digital enablement.


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