Bland Shire Council is among the latest successful applicants announced under the NSW Government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery initiative.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the project will help support recovery and boost resilience for young people in the region following the impacts of natural disasters and COVID-19.
“I’m thrilled to announce the funding of $2,524 in support of the ‘Kinder Kick AFL Sessions’ that will help young people in our community bounce back stronger than ever,” Ms Cooke said.
“Projects like the ‘Kinder Kick AFL Sessions’ are a great example of how we can help young people recover, build resilience and improve wellbeing by providing them with the tools and resources they need to grow.”
This AFL sporting program is aimed to capture children from culturally diverse families and provide peer support and mentoring. It will allow children access to coaches which will create bonds, friendships, and provide another outlet of support for children.
Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the $10.3 million Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative offers large grants between $10,000 and $50,000 and small grants for up to $10,000.
“The large grants fund projects such as community events, peer support groups, cultural connection or partnership programs, while small grants are to enable initiatives like sporting programs and barbecues,” Mr Franklin said.
“Our Regional Youth Community Coordinators will help connect young people with the projects that best support their wellbeing and recovery and foster resilience and connection.”
The Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative is funded through the NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative and the co-funded NSW and Australian Governments’ Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for funding for wellbeing programs, events and resources as part of the initiative which are open now and close on 31 December 2022, or when fully allocated. For program and eligibility guidelines, visit nsw.gov.au/YouthWellbeing