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FUNDING | Minister Ellis announces new funding program to support youth development and participation

On 7 October 2009, Minister for Youth Kate Ellis launched a new federal funding program to support the development and participation of young Australians aged 12 to 25.

The Australian Government will provide a total of $500,000 a year to eligible non-government, not-for-profit organisations through the Youth Development and Support Program.

The program will give funding to projects that will inspire young people to achieve their true potential.

‘The Youth Development and Support Program will fund community-based projects aimed at helping young people in their transition to independence and adulthood,’ Ms Ellis said.

Eligible groups are invited to apply for grants of up to $75,000 towards projects that focus on the participation and social inclusion of young people.

‘This new investment will support events and activities that give young people new skills to deal with the difficulties life sometimes poses and encourage them to take up an active role in society,’ Ms Ellis said.

Applications for funding opened on 7 October and close on 4 November 2009.

For more information, call 1300 363 079 or visit the Youth Development and Support Program website.

Source: Ellis, K. (Minister for Early Childhood Education, Child Care and Youth) 2009, $500,000 each year to support young Australians, media release, 7 October, viewed 7 October 2009,