Small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and community organisation are invited to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to support young people make positive life choices and reach their potential.

The Youth Engagement Grants provide funding for up to two years for small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and organisations to support projects that use cultural connection, sport, arts, music or other creative activities to engage young people, aged 8-24 years old.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the challenges facing young people by impacting education, employment opportunities, health and well-being, and connection to friends and the broader community.

The Youth Engagement Grants are designed to provide funding to community-led organisations that can support young people to establish strong community connections and get the right help at the right time.

The grants may fund new or continue existing activities that support young people, such as:

  • strengthen their connection to community and culture through sports, arts, and music
  • education, training and pathways to employment
  • opportunities to participate in supportive activities during school holidays.

The Youth Engagement Grants offer a supported alternative to help small multicultural and Aboriginal organisations who are struggling to secure the funding they need.

The program will involve an initial expression of interest (EOI) process, followed by support for selected organisations to plan activity and develop a quality grant proposal which will be assessed for funding suitability.

An information session will be held online on Wednesday 3 November 2021, 6–6.45pm. Register via Eventbrite (External link)

EOIs must be submitted online by 4pm on 13 December 2021. Late EOIs cannot be submitted or considered.

Grant information, including the application guidelines and links to apply, can be found at

The Youth Engagement Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.