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Shape It! grants for regional youth advisory groups



Shape It!

Shape It! grants kick-starting change in rural and regional communities - now open!

Applications for the second round of Shape It! grants are now open! The grants provide one-off seed funding for youth advisory groups in rural and regional Victoria to kick-start a project to create positive change in their local area.

From a cyber safety campaign to a youth mental health film festival to social enterprise workshops, the Shape It! grants have helped kick-start twenty fantastic projects from all over Victoria (check out the table below!).

Part of the Victorian Government’s $3.2 million Shape It! strategy, the grants are all about helping young people living in regional and rural Victoria get involved and engaged in decisions that affect them. They aim to help you create a positive change in your community on an issue you care about.

Who can apply?

Youth advisory groups such as youth councils, youth advisory committees or youth action groups are already creating change in their local community. These grants will give more young people a chance to have a say in future community directions, strengthen connections and develop new skills.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, simply download and complete an application form and return it via email to

Applications close 29 August 2014.

More information

For more details about Shape It! you can call the Department of Human Services’ Community Inclusion Unit on (03) 9096 1392 or email

Shape It! Grant Recipients

The following projects have already been funded by the Shape It! grants. Could your project be next?

Youth Advisory Group Project Title Local Government Area
Central Goldfields Youth Advisory Committee Team Building Project Central Goldfields
Castlemaine District Community Health Youth Clinic Peer Support Group Youth Clinic Peer Support Program Mount Alexander
Bellarine Youth Action Crew Online feeling fine Greater Geelong
Youth Foundation Neerim District Neerim district young people use your voice Baw Baw
Bendigo Youth Advisory Group Kinder BMX upgrade Greater Bendigo
South Gippsland Youth Council MHAD music event and seminar South Gippsland
Wangaratta Youth Council Green It Up! Wangaratta
Moira Junior Council Moira Face OFF! Community Cyber Safety Program Moira
Swan Hill Rural City Council's NOVO group Litter Bugs Us Swan Hill
Mitchell Youth Council The Big Splash Mitchell
Gannawarra Shire Youth Council Youth Council Rocks Road show Gannawarra
Mansfield Skate Park Action Group SPAGABILITY Mansfield
Latrobe City Youth Council Community Skate Jam Latrobe
Centre for Multicultural Youth Ballarat's Multicultural Youth Advisory and Social Group Regional Connect Up Project Ballarat
Corinella and District Community Centre's Waterline Action Group for Youth Waterline Soccer Group Bass Coast
BYPASS - headspace Ballarat Youth Reference Group BYPASS festival Ballarat
Word and Mouth’s Amplified Youth Committee Responsible use of Social Media forum Greater Shepparton
Buloke Youth Advisory Committee Speak Up Buloke Buloke
Ballarat Youth Council Youth Mental Health Film Festival Ballarat
Youth Innovation Centre's Youth Advisory Group Youth Innovation' Our Future Greater Bendigo

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