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Youth Grants

Celebrating Young People Grants Program

Introduction
Yarriambiack Shire Council believes in the importance of programs or projects, which are innovative and supportive of young people from the local community. These may include Cultural / Arts, Recreational, Environmental and Health / Welfare.

Aims and Objectives
The Youth Grants Program is designed to support "not-for-profit" community organizations or individuals by a financial contribution to a range of programs/projects, which will focus on participation, risk prevention and community building measures for young people within the municipality. Priority will be given to funding proposals targeting youth aged 12 up to 25 years.

The Grants
Council is offering grants of up to $1000 within any single Council financial year for the development of youth activities within the municipality. Council will expect that the organization or individual will make some contribution to the proposal. The Groups or individual will need to demonstrate their own financial contribution through fund raising, in-kind assistance, donations or funding through other sources such as support and sponsorship from the community and corporate sector. The grant is to be used for the sole purpose for which it is granted. The grant purpose can only be changed with written permission from Council.

Enquiries to:

Murray McKenzie
Youth Grants Program
Yarriambiack Shire Council
0407585097 or 53 980 100

The Assessment Process
All applicants will receive a letter notifying them of the grants approved by Council. Council's decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into, however groups / individuals may contact Council to discuss their application.

Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be applied when evaluating the eligibility of grant applications. Applications must:

• Organizations must be not-for -profit
• include direct benefits to young people from 12 up to 25 years within the Yarriambiack Shire, including young people with a disability
• be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence
• be able to demonstrate their own contribution in the form of funds, fundraising, services or in-kind support
• provide a current financial statement (if an organization)
• not already receive substantial support from Council.

Information required in your application:
Please complete all of the sections on the attached application form. Attach additional information if relevant.

How to present your application:
The following format is required of your application:
• Supporting documents should be printed on one side of each page only
• Keep a copy of the application for your own records
• Ensure you have completed all sections

If you would like assistance to develop your proposal - talk to Murray McKenzie, Youth Engagement Officer on 0407585097 or mmckenzie@yarriambiack.vic.gov.au and he will point you in the right direction.

Ineligible applicants
• if the funds applied for have already been spent and project has commenced or is completed
• those where young people have not been involved in the development of the application
• the funding is clearly the responsibility of other spheres of government i.e. Department of Victorian Communities, Department of Human Services, Department of Education.
• projects which duplicate other locally available services or resources
• projects that could be funded from other sources e.g. fees/sponsorship
• projects whose expenditure has commenced prior to the date on which funds are released
• late applications will not be accepted.

Duty of Care
Whenever organisers etc arrange an event or activity they have a legal and moral obligation to properly plan to avoid risk or injury that might reasonably be expected to occur to the patrons and workers at those events.
An example of the type of care that must be taken could include:
• the provision of adequate supervision for young people is provided
• if food is provided, organisations/members have the appropriate food handlers qualification under State Government legislation
• that water is available in hot weather conditions
• the holders of the activity have adequate insurance coverage

Successful Applicants must:
• acknowledge the support and sponsorship of the Yarriambiack Shire Council in any promotions, flyers or advertising of the event
• return to Council any funds not spent at the end of the grant period unless prior approval has been sought
• provide Council with a short written report and digital photos detailing the success of the project / activity by June 30th 2016 (or later date by agreement). Council may request a formal presentation.
• provide a statement or other approved documentation specifying that the grant was spent for the purpose for which it was received
• if other individuals are named or photographed in the application form, the applicant must have permission/authority from the persons involved to use their name, photograph and details in respect of the Privacy Law Act 2000 and evidence of this must be included.