Organisations in Forde are invited to put forth fresh and innovative ideas to help vulnerable young Australians find and keep a job.
The Coalition Government today released the grant guidelines for the new Empowering YOUth Initiatives, inviting organisations to apply for funding to deliver projects that help young people at risk of welfare dependency into work.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said not-for-profit community organisations can put forward proposals for innovative projects that offer a different approach to those currently available.
“Some young people face greater barriers to finding and holding onto a job than their peers, for example those who leave school early or come from a different cultural background,” Mr van Manen said.
“These vulnerable young Australians face greater challenges and have a higher risk of long-term unemployment and a life of welfare dependency.
“That’s why we’re investing $50 million into the Empowering YOUth Initiatives to give young people the extra help they need to move into work.”
The initiative is part of the Coalition Government’s $331 million Youth Employment Strategy announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
“We’re keen to leverage on local knowledge and experience of community organisations working closely with vulnerable young people,” Mr van Manen said.
“I really want to encourage not-for-profit community organisations to thing outside the box and run innovative projects to engage with those most at risk.”
The first round of projects will commence from March 2016.
Information sessions for interested organisations will be held in capital cities during November and via online webinars. For more information visit www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-procurement-information