Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    Youth friendly grants for local governments

    12/10/2015 7:00 AM
    • Up to $10,000 available for projects which include young people
    • $100,000 Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program opens

    Grants of up to $10,000 have been made available from the State Government for regional local governments to support the development of youth friendly communities.


    Youth Minister Tony Simpson said $100,000 in Youth Friendly Communities grants was available through the Department of Local Government and Communities.


    "The grants provide local governments with opportunities to engage young people in the development of projects and activities that matter to them." Mr Simpson said.


    "This grants program will encourage local governments to work with community organisations to engage young people in community planning. 


    "Funding is now available for short-term projects that will have long-term results for young people at a local level."


    The Minister said that from the grants program last year, the Shire of Lake Grace held two young people's forums to get their ideas on the future direction of the local community.  As a result, the shire will now work with young people to develop artwork for public spaces used by young people.


    The City of Gosnells used funding from the program to work with local young people to develop a documentary-style film exploring the views of local young people in the city.  A professional filmmaker was engaged to mentor young people to record and produce the film, capturing the opinions of young people at local events.  The film was shown to the city's councillors, staff and the community.


    Projects funded by the Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program are guided by 10 key principles that include being youth-led, fun and supported by local government.


    Fact File

    • Grants program open until Monday, November 16, 2015
    • One-off grants support local governments to engage young people in the planning and development of their communities, through the Strategic Community Planning process
    • Local governments which have not previously received funding through the
    • Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program may apply for this round
    • Grants developed after talks with State Government agencies, local governments, the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, WA Local Government Association and Youth Advisory Council WA
    • For more information, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6600