Heywire’s ‘Youth Innovation Grants’

Grants of up to $10,000 are available from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to help improve regional Australia for young people.

The Youth Innovation Grants are an opportunity for not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia to adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2019.

The seven innovative Heywire project ideas

1. C.E.O. - Conquer Every Opportunity

- How might we help young people start businesses?

2. Walk & Talk

- How might we encourage conversations about mental health in a safe and relaxed environment?

3. Shed Happens

- How might we help people understand what really happens on the farm?

4. Bridge

- How might we connect young people to services to feel like their issues are heard?

5. Ask Away

- How might we get people to ask questions of minority groups that they’re too afraid to ask?

6. Adulting

- How might we help young people adapt to life away from home?

7. Our Place

- How might we connect young people in rural communities?

What can be funded?

Funds will be available to implement or pilot one of the 2019 Heywire ideas.

The projects can be adapted for your community, but must also do one of the following:

a) Build community resilience;

b) Develop organisational resilience and capacity;

c) Enhance environmental sustainability;

d) Foster cultural vibrancy;

e) Encourage lifelong education & training;

f) Strengthen the local economy;

g) Improve community health & social wellbeing.

Projects must be undertaken between September 2019 to September 2020.

Projects must take place in regional Australia, as defined by ABC Heywire – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Who can apply?

All not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

Please submit only one application per organisation.

We’d prefer to receive one application per community – so ask around and see if you can work with other local groups.

Councils are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the youth council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement, or that you work with a youth organisation to create one strong application from your community.

Schools are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the student council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement.

All applicants must have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints.


For more information visit: https://www.frrr.org.au/heywire

Applicants need to complete the application form, along with all the requested supporting documentation, by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 14 May 2019.