Engage! – applications now open


Engage! logoApplications are now open for the 2018-20 Engage! program, which aims to support young people to build their skills and experiences and be involved in their communities.

About Engage!

Engage! is part of the Victorian Government’s vision that every young person should have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential, including those who face disadvantage.

Engage! offers funding of between $90,000 to $150,000 over three years to local governments and community organisations to work with young people to develop and deliver activities that engage a diversity of young people in their local community.

Engage! aims to fund organisations that support young Victorians aged 12-25 years of age (especially diverse groups of young people) to:

  • have a greater connection to and active participation in their local community; and/or
  • build their skills and knowledge, and pathways to employment, training and education; and/or
  • improve their health and wellbeing and social connections to friends, family and the community.

Engage! is delivered with young people who contribute to developing and implementing initiatives for young people.

What type of programs might be funded?

Engage! 2018–20 proposals that:

  • are inclusive and accessible for all local young people in your community.
  • provide opportunities for young people to be part of the planning and delivery of programs.
  • provide activities for young people from at least one of the three program categories.
  • provide a safe and positive experience for young people.
  • comply with the aims and guidelines.

Priority will be given to programs that target diverse groups of young people.

What type of activities could be part of your program?

Engage! 2018–20 activities that provide young people with:

  • Acknowledgement and celebration of young people’s achievements
  • Community engagement (including across generations)
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Skills building
  • Volunteering.

Information sessions

Engage! 2018-20 information sessions are being held across Victoria during the application period. For bookings please call Elena Rodrigues on 9096 7344 or email: Engage@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Session #PlaceDateTimeVenue
Session 1Ararat17 October1:30-3.00pmArarat Bowls Club, 62 High St, Ararat
Session 2Kerang18 October2.00 - 3.30pmDPI, 6/28 Wellington St, Kerang
Session 3Bendigo19 October10.30 - 12.00pmThe Cog, The Green Room, 45 Mundy St, Bendigo
Session 4Traralgon24 October1.30 - 3.00pmTraralgon Business Center, Seminar Room, 55 Grey St, Traralgon
Session 5Euroa27 October1.30 - 3.00pmStrathbogie Shire Council, Conference Room, 109A Binney St, Euroa
Session 6Melbourne30 October2.00 - 3.30pmDHHS, Room 1.10, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Session 7Melbourne2 November2.00 - 3.30pmQuest on Lonsdale, 43 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Apply now!

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10 November 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Engage! 2018-20 guidelines, application form and FAQ are available for download below.

For further information contact the Office for Youth on (03) 9096 3004 or email Engage@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Engage! Guidelines 2018-2020.pdf (80.82 KB) (66.03 KB)  Engage! 2018-2020 FAQ (62.29 KB)  Engage! 2018-2020 Application Form (66.03 KB)

Read the Victorian Government Youth Policy here.