Applications open on 1 February for a second round of Youth Opportunities funding, Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said today.

More than 30 local projects aimed at supporting innovative youth leadership and mentoring projects have already received funding as part of the NSW Government’s $3.1 million initiative.

Officers from the Office of Communities’ Youth Strategy and Participation Team will conduct a series of workshops around NSW in the first week of February 2013 to inform potential applicants about the guidelines and the application process, this includes in Lismore

“The initiative provides time-limited grants for new projects that enable young people to lead and participate in community development activities,” Mr George said.

“This is a great opportunity for youth-led and youth-managed local community projects, with a focus on mentoring and other leadership development strategies, to apply for the one-off grants.”

Previously funded projects include youth-led social media and community forums; initiatives to encourage young people to join local community boards and committees and; training for young people in organising drug- and alcohol-free music events.

Other projects supported young people to improve language, literacy and numeracy skills; taught young people the skills for employment sustainability and; engaged young people from disadvantaged and refugee backgrounds.

“Everybody benefits when young people are more involved in their communities and contribute positive ideas,” Mr George said.

Program guidelines, access to the online application form and information on the workshops can be found at

Applications close Monday 4 March 2013.

The Lismore workshop will be held on Friday 15 February, 10am-12pm at Lismore City Council, Oliver Ave, Goonellabah.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.