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Young Victorians now have more opportunities to co-design and deliver events and take part in local projects and activities thanks to an increase in government funding. Over three years, the Victorian Government will provide $10.2 million for FReeZA, and $15 million for Engage! programs.

The grants will fund youth-lead events, activities and programs that support young people aged 12 to 25 years to fulfill their potential and showcase their skills and talents.

Grants of up to $106,500 for regional providers and $105,000 for metropolitan ones are available through FReeZA. Engage! has grants from $135,000 to $180,000.

FReeZA uses a youth participation model where young people plan, develop and deliver recreational events in their community. FReeZA events are diverse often including gigs that also provide vital performance experience for young vocalists and musicians.

Engage! grants are available for community organisations and local governments to provide activities and projects for young Victorians aged 12 to 25. Engage! activities must focus on the goals and aspirations of young people and can include:

  • training, mentoring and volunteering
  • participating in decision making
  • showcasing skills and talents.

Information sessions, webinars and other supports are available to help you plan a project and application.

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