24/08/2020 | Michelle Lensink MLC

Grants are now open to support young South Australians with youth-led initiatives that respond to the impacts of COVID-19 thanks to a new Marshall Liberal Government commitment worth $740,000.

The Government has partnered with the Local Government Association (LGA) to provide South Australian councils the opportunity to apply for a one-off competitive grant of up to $20,000 for individual councils, and up to $50,000 for collaborations between councils and the non-for-profit sector.

Initiatives funded by the Youth-led Recovery Grants are required to meet one or more of the following outcomes:

* Improving individual and/or community social and emotional wellbeing and resilience

* Improving individual and/or community economic wellbeing and resilience

* Reducing social isolation and increase the participation of priority groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, international students and the elderly.

* Strengthening digital inclusion as a means to create social inclusion by facilitating digital access, digital literacy and digital enablement.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Marshall Liberal Government was doing everything it could to support South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has been a particularly tough time for many South Australians, including our young people, and this new funding will support councils to work together with young people in their communities to lead innovative and meaningful recovery efforts now and into next year,” said Minister Lensink.

“This includes projects led by young people for young people and also has capacity to reach other sections of the community, such as the aged or those who are socially isolated due to COVID-19.”

The Government has committed $500,000 to finance the once-off youth-led recovery grants and an additional $240,000 to fund two 12-month youth advocacy and support project officer positions at the Working Women’s Centre and the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia.

These roles expand the education, advocacy and support functions of these organisations at a critical time as further trends emerge about how specific groups of young people are being affected by COVID-19, including students, newly arrived residents and young employees.

For more information or to apply for a grant visit: https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/news-andevents/news/latest-news/youth-led-recovery-grants