Youth Opportunities Grant UPDATE: Deadline Extended to 20/09/21!

Creating opportunities for young people in NSW

The Hon Alister Henskens, MP has announced up to $1.5 million funding 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.

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

Youth Opportunities Grant Applications

Projects funded under 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 and recognition.

Organisations applying for funding must have spoken with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.


The Program is based on the principles of

  • partnering with young people
  • developing young people’s knowledge and skills to support future economic participation
  • building community based partnerships and networks.

Applicants are advised to read the Program Guidelines carefully before completing an application for funding. To download these Guidelines and more please visit the Youth NSW website.

Applications are submitted via SmartyGrants, an online grants administration system. SmartyGrants and the online application form can be accessed from here.

Applications must be completed and submitted online via SmartyGrants by 5:00pm on Monday, 20 September 2021. The SmartyGrants system automatically shuts off at 5:00pm on that day. 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 youth@facs.nsw.gov.au

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