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Up to $1.5 million is available for new Youth Opportunities projects to commence in 2022.

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on giving young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including life skills and healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and providing volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $13.3 million in funding to 282 projects across NSW. A list of organisations and their projects funded in 2020 can be found here.

Youth Opportunities grant applications

Organisations seeking project funding from the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people at every stage of the project – from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review.

Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are those initiated by young people in response to what they have said they need. We are seeking applications which address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community.

Organisations must speak with young people and involve them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines PDF, 1023.28 KB carefully before completing an application for funding. These Guidelines and more are available to download below.

Program documents

Applications are now OPEN

Submit an application via SmartyGrants here.

Applications must be completed and submitted via the SmartyGrants online system by 5:00pm on Monday, 20 September 2021. The SmartyGrants online system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on this day, Monday 20 September 2021. It does not allow for extensions to be granted.

Youth Opportunities Program Contact

Anthea Wilson
Department of Communities and Justice
Phone 02 8753 8430
Email all inquiries to

The Youth Opportunities program is managed by the Department of Communities and Justice

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Last updated: 25 Aug 2021