Organisations looking to kick-start projects promoting youth engagement and inclusion can now apply for a $1.5 million NSW Government fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today urged non-government organisations and local councils in the region to apply for the Youth Opportunities Fund.

“This is all about enabling our young people to get involved with their communities, socialise with others and gain new skills,” Ms Cooke said.

“The program supports young people from all walks of life to thrive, including those from regional areas, Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, disadvantaged youth, and people with a disability.”

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for new youth-driven projects that use strategies to support participation and community engagement.

Since the program was established in 2012, more than $10 million has been invested in projects across the state.

“Young people involved in the program get the chance to participate in a diverse range of activities and develop a range of skills, including management skills, hospitality skills, event planning and artistic development,” Ms Cooke said.

“Our local Councils and communities have a lot to gain from unlocking the skills of the younger generation so it’s really a win-win.”

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on July 16, 2019.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/