State of Barwon | Youth organisations encouraged to apply for grants

Youth Opportunities: Funding program designed to keep our young people engaged in the community. Applications are now open.
Youth Opportunities: Funding program designed to keep our young people engaged in the community. Applications are now open.

Youth organisations encouraged to apply for grants

I urging local youth organisations in Barwon to apply for a share of $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grant funding.    One-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects.

Grants provided to local organisations will help young people to participate, engage and be included in our community,

Giving young people an opportunity to be part of youth-driven projects will not only help them develop individually, but it will help strengthen the community as a whole.

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams said in this year’s funding round there will be an additional $400,000 available to benefit more young people.  

“I’m proud of the additional funding that will go a long way to support our young people reach their potential,” Mr Williams said.

“Projects previously selected aim to upskill young people to provide them with greater opportunities for employment in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events planning or media.” 

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW. 

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on Monday, July 16, 2018. To apply visit

Event management scholarships award 

I am very happy to announce Rachel Merton and Jade Kerin from Broken Hill were two of the successful recipients of a scholarship in a Diploma of Event Management, funded by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. 

“I am delighted to announce that Rachel and Jade are two of 18 recipients who will benefit from a Diploma of Event Management, thanks to the support from the NSW Government.

“The scholarship program is part of the NSW Government’s partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), which aims to upskill and create more job opportunities for rural and regional NSW communities. 

“Rachel and Jade will be connected to an online community of students, providing a great opportunity for networking and learning more about the development and delivery of events from fellow peers.

“Broken Hill and the Far West already plays host to an amazing array of events and it is opportunities like this which help us with much needed expansion of our current tourism offering, while upskilling our local champions,” Kevin Humphries said.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said almost 80 applications were received by Destination NSW since the program opened in February 2018. 

“Due to the large volume of high-quality applications, we are offering three Diploma of Event Management scholarships for each of our Destination Networks, which is 12 more than we originally intended.

“This increase means we are committing an extra $78,000 to give more people across rural and regional areas better access to the tools and skills needed to kick start their career in an industry that is a key contributor to the State’s economy. 

“It’s clear that people across rural and regional NSW are looking for extra support to expand and develop their skills in event management, and the MEA scholarship program will help them do this while delivering event growth in their local area. I congratulate the 18 scholarship recipients who are already making valuable contributions to their local communities and wish them every success” Mr Marshall said.

The 18 recipients were selected by a panel which included representatives from Destination NSW, MEA and the six Destination Networks.