Heywire a chance to champion change

Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) is advising all local community organisations that they can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to improve the region for young people.

The grants are part of the ABC’s Heywire program to use the voices of young Australians to help shape their communities and is funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

RDACC Director of Regional Projects, Funding and Research, Christine Jarvis, said this is a fantastic opportunity to champion positive change for youth on the Central Coast.

“These grants will give local community organisations the chance to implement ideas generated by young Australians who attended Heywire’s Youth Ideas Lab.

“It’s a program designed to support ideas for young people created by young people.

“Projects funded through these grants will positively impact the lives of young people here on the Coast,” Jarvis said.

The Youth Ideas Lab developed five project themes and grants will be given for communities to adopt, adapt or act on these five projects.

The first is the Discover Your Future project that connects young people with experts to share their career journeys and help young people explore future career options.

The second project is the Open Field test which entails creating a community-run festival to celebrate local music, art and people.

The third project is Support Squad, which aims to train young leaders to give support, knowledge and companionship to their peers who may be struggling with a variety of challenges.

The fourth project is The Story Link Project, which aims at building acceptance and diversity by sharing stories that encourage regional communities to practice empathy and inclusion.

The fifth and final project is Contribute to the Change, which involves helping young people improve their mental health knowledge and connect to local support services.

Applications for the grants close on August 19.

For more information visit https://www.abc.net.au/heywire/grants/.

Regional Development Australia Central Coast is part of a national network of committees dedicated to growing strong and economically viable regional communities. RDACC builds effective partnerships between government, business and the community to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the Central Coast.

Media release, July 30
Regional Development Australia Central Coast