The John Villiers Trust (JVT) has committed $100,000 over three years to build capacity for young country people and communities, and to fund grants for Queensland organisations to implement ideas developed by youth and for youth living in rural, regional and remote communities.
Part of the new three-year funding will allow the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to offer additional grants for initiatives dedicated to supporting country Queensland, through the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.
The support will also help raise more awareness of FRRR in rural, regional, and remote Queensland, and the broad range of work they do to support those communities. Part of the funding will also go towards building capacity for country youth, and helping organisations connect with youth and address their identified issues.
Grants of up to $10,000 will be offered for local community groups to help fund projects developed by youth and for youth. The initiatives supported will be those that young people believe address issues that matter most to youth in rural Australia.
The needs and initiatives are identified and developed through the ABC’s Heywire Regional Youth Summit, which enables participants to be heard and make a difference to issues that matter to them.
The solutions funded directly relate to the issues they prioritise as having the greatest benefits, and must be either youth-led, or delivered by a youth-centred organisation to support youth outcomes.
CEO Lea-Anne Bradley says JVT is delighted to be able to fund additional grants for country Queensland, and also support the broader work of FRRR.
“The additional grants mean community organisations in rural, regional and remote Queensland will have the support and resources they need to help address some of the issues that matter most to young people,” she said.
“The funding will also help build awareness of FRRR and the amazing work they do outside of the Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.
“We hope that offering more grants to Queensland organisations will help build relationships and connections between FRRR and country communities.”
The program closely aligns with JVT’s focus on supporting projects that:
Build lasting capacity and momentum
Have multiple impacts
Build relationships that leverage collective resources
Are community-led, driven or informed
Queensland community organisations are encouraged to follow JVT’s social media for updates, and be prepared to apply for a grant when the process opens on 12 April.
For more information, visit: FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.
Read more about JVT and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal