Byron youth programs receive grant money

SIX new youth programs will be rolled out in Byron Shire this year as a result of Council's annual Youth Activities program.

A record number of applications to the 2015 Youth Activities Grant Round were received and now this week Byron Shire Council has awarded a total of $10,000 in youth activities grants.

Byron Shire community services manager, Greg Ironfield, believes this was due to the loss of funding to important youth services in the local community.

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"The quality of the applications was very high. And in response to the growing need for youth programs and services, Council has dug a little deeper to fund four projects and part funds an additional two projects," he said.

Council officer, Belle Arnold, said the highly contested grants were an opportunity for young people and the community to gain funding and provide programs, projects and opportunities aimed at empowering young people in the Byron Shire.

"I was glad I was not on the selection panel as the standard of applicants was incredible.  I want to congratulate all the applicants on their contribution to supporting young people in the Byron Shire," she said.

Successful applicants included the Chrysalis Girls Group 'Healthy Selfie Project', Byron Youth Theatre Project 'Have Your Say', Dhinawan Dreaming 'Deadly Up Skill' and Kaluch Jam 'Inscribe Youth Art Project'.

Part funding will was provided to YAC Rock Café's Youth Mentoring Project and Move Youth Rhythm Project.

Each $2,000 grant funds a project which addresses key areas of need for local young people.

The key areas where previously identified by Byron Shire Youth Council, in partnership with Council's Youth Strategy and Action Plan.

The Youth Activities Grants program was developed to ensure Council support for youth projects is accessible and transparent for all community members.

Youth Activities Grants provide funding opportunities of up to $2,000 for local community organisations, sports and cultural groups and local high schools to deliver projects which address key areas of need for our local young people.

Mr Ironfield said they are programs designed to engage young people in our local community and have been supported by Byron Shire Council's third Youth Activities Grant round.



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