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Community grants up to $2,000 are now available for local councils, not-for-profit organisations and parents and citizen's groups to hold events and activities celebrating Queensland Youth Week 2020.

To be eligible for a community grant, events and activities must:

  • include young people in the design and delivery of the event
  • deliver meaningful outcomes to participants
  • align with the objectives of the Queensland Youth Strategy
  • raise awareness of the contributions of young people in Queensland's social, economic and cultural life.

If you're a young person with a great idea for an event or activity, we want to hear from you too! You'll need to partner with a not-for-profit organisation to support your idea.

Applications close Sunday 15 December 2019.

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Queensland Youth Week is our biggest opportunity to celebrate the state's young people aged 12-25. In 2020, Queensland Youth Week will be held from 1 to 9 April.

This year's theme is 'Yeah the youth!', which is a call to friendship, strength and unity between young people and a celebration of who they are and what they offer to our great state.

Young people are significant drivers of the state's cultural, economic and social trends. They're taking the early steps into adulthood and making key life decisions along the way.

During this time, they may be entering high school, obtaining a learner driver's permit or finding their first job. They may be registering to vote or finishing their university education. They may even be beginning their careers and starting a family.

During Queensland Youth Week 2020, let's acknowledge the successes and challenges young people face and celebrate what the future looks like.

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The purpose of the Queensland Youth Week grant program is to support projects that inspire young people aged 12-25 to connect with community and encourage them to thrive whilst supporting the objectives of the Queensland Youth Strategy.

Evidence of the involvement of young people in the design or delivery of the project is a mandatory requirement.

Applications that are targeting a particular youth subset e.g. age group, cultural group are welcomed.

Funding available

One-off funding is available for projects to be held during Queensland Youth Week, from 1 to 9 April 2020. The total allocation of funds for this grant round is $50,000.

The maximum funding available per project is $2,000.

Assessment of application

Your application's proposal will be assessed on these four criteria

  1. The young people you are targeting
  2. Your project's aim and alignment to the Queensland Youth Strategy
  3. How you will use the money
  4. How young people are involved in the project

In allocating funds the department will also consider the geographical spread of applications

Projects that will not be funded

The following projects will not receive funding through these grants:

  • projects where the applicant does not meet the eligibility criteria
  • projects that are not led or delivered by young people
  • projects, including sporting and arts projects, which do not meet the grant purpose
  • initiatives, activities or travel outside Queensland or funding for overseas people or organisations to visit Queensland
  • initiatives or activities that promote or are held for political purposes
  • commercial or fundraising activities
  • projects where more than 20% of requested grant funds are allocated to administrative salaries
  • purchase of assets using grant funds with an individual value over $50 and a cumulative value of over 30% of the total requested grant funds
  • projects where grant funds are allocated to: acquittal, auditing or reporting costs; existing debt or loan repayments; purchase of gifts or prizes; fees associated with an auspice agreement; purchase of alcohol.


Applicants must:

  • be a not for profit, legal entity; OR
  • be a local government entity; OR
  • be a Parents & Citizens Association; OR
  • have an auspice agreement with any of the above entities

Additionally, applicants must:

  • have current Public Liability Insurance; AND
  • have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or performance issues for funding provided by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

Events, projects and activities must:

  • be delivered during Queensland Youth Week, from 1 to 9 April 2020; AND
  • be delivered in Queensland; AND
  • support the purpose of this grant program.

How eligibility will be assessed:
You will need to provide:

  • an Australian Business Number (ABN) on your application form; OR
  • a copy of your government issued certification of incorporation or other incorporation documentation (e.g. a constitution), to demonstrate the not-for-profit status of your entity.

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women may contact you during the assessment process to request:

  • a copy of your most recent Audited Financial Statement;
  • further details be submitted; or
  • clarification of the information provided.

Requirements from successful applicants

Should your application for Queensland Youth Week (QYW) grant funding be successful, you will be required to:

  • Enter into a service agreement with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women before receiving 2020 QYW grant funding.
  • Provide a certificate of currency for insurance prior to funds being released. At a minimum, applicants must hold public liability insurance to the value of at least $10 million. 
  • Acknowledge the funding source on any printed or promotional material relating to the event, project or activity, including websites.
  • Contribute to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women broader QYW campaign message through supporting promotional resources.
  • Following the delivery of the funded event, project or activity:
    • complete an activity report outlining the activity and outcomes achieved; AND
    • provide video, photographs and/or audio files to the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. You must confirm you have obtained consent from people in the video, photo or audio to share the material.
  • comply with the Community Services Act 2007.

Important budget information

When developing the budget for your proposed project think about the following:

  • The maximum one-off grant amount available is $2,000 per project. Applicants are encouraged to supplement their budget with in-kind contributions and/or corporate or business sponsorship.
  • There are conditions on the maximum allocation of funds to particular items (see What Projects Will Not Be Funded)


Applications close

Sunday 15 December 2019


December 2019

Applicants notified of outcome

January 2019

Events/projects/activities to be held

1 - 9 April 2020

How to apply

All applications must be submitted electronically through the SmartyGrants website.

Please note:

  • A separate application must be submitted for each proposed project.
  • Late applications may be accepted under exceptional circumstances only, and only with prior written approval from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
  • Email applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications under an auspice arrangement must be submitted by the auspice organisation.
  • Applications that are incomplete after the closing date will not be assessed.
  • Letters of support from local organisations, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and local Members of Parliament are welcome and can be attached to your application.

Contact details

All enquiries regarding the 2020 Queensland Youth Week grant round should be directed to the Office for Youth between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) via:

Telephone: (07) 3097 6451

Contact officers cannot provide advice on individual applications.


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