African and Pasifika Youth-led Grants Program
Young people, aged 16 to 25, from African and Pasifika heritage can apply for up to $30,000 funding to deliver community projects.
The program aims to:
- empower young Victorians of African and Pasifika heritage to lead projects that benefit other young people and their families
- build a greater sense of belonging and connection among young people
- show what young people can do to support each other and give back to the community
To be eligible, lead-applicants must:
- be aged between 16 and 25 years old at the time of the application.
- be living in Victoria at the time of the application (and intending to remain in Victoria for at least the duration of the project
- be able to attend each of the capacity building workshops to support you during the development and delivery of your project
- have an idea that aligns with one of the focus areas
Who is able to apply?
Only eligible organisations or groups can apply. Organisations can be based in any area of Victoria.
An organisation is eligible if they are:
- led by young people of African or Pasifika heritage
- focused on and working in genuine partnership with young people of African or Pasifika background
- a not-for-profit entity
- registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have current Public Liability Insurance
Focus of projects
Projects must be led by young people of African or Pasifika heritage. The focus of the projects should be on young people and/or families of African or Pasifika heritage.
Projects must also meet the grant round aims and address at least one of the following:
- increase a sense of belonging among young people
- help young people of different backgrounds to connect
- promote gender equality and women’s empowerment
- raise the profile of positive role models, particularly young people
- help young people to build skills and confidence
- support young women to become leaders
- use online or social media platforms to educate or empower others
- promote connection and understanding between one or more communities
- help families to connect and create experiences that prevent or reduce conflict
- bring communities together to talk openly about sensitive or important issues
- use creativity or innovation to promote diversity, social cohesion and cultural awareness
- fill another gap identified by evidence or strong feedback from young people
- Projects will need to commence within two months of the grant offer or funding may be withdrawn
- Partnerships between eligible organisations or groups that have an eligible auspice are strongly encouraged
Reviewed 16 April 2021