Media releases: 15 November 2021
$208,000 in grants awarded to 23 projects
Twenty-three projects in remote, rural and regional Australia have been awarded grants through the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program to bring to life ideas developed at the Heywire Youth Ideas lab. These projects will tackle a range of issues such as discrimination, youth-led peer support, multigenerational connection, mental health and career opportunities for young people.
These grants will mean that community organisations and local not-for-profits can implement community-led initiatives that will have a lasting impact.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said she is impressed by how all those connected with the program managed to pivot to respond to COVID-19 conditions.
“Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ABC was unable to hold the usual Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Instead, they adapted and ran the first Heywire Youth Ideas Lab in Broken Hill. The determination of the young people of Broken Hill, and their willingness to make a difference inspired these projects, which will create meaningful change when it comes to mental health and wellbeing, skills development and equality in our remote, rural and regional towns.
“These grants highlight the importance of both providing support on the ground and ensuring that young people are driving the conversation about their priorities. These community-led initiatives, which all involve young people, will facilitate events, training and mentorship that will bring people together and ensure that our remote, rural and regional communities continue to thrive,” Ms Egleton said.
Youth Ideas Lab participant Emerson said that she feels proud to have been a part of a program that will make a difference for so many Australians.
“When we were telling our stories and developing our ideas at the Youth Ideas Lab, it was such an inspiring experience, but it was difficult to imagine our ideas actually being put into practice. Now, hearing and reading about all the wonderful projects that are going to actually happen because of the ideas that we brought to the table is amazing!”
The involvement of young people also extended to the assessment of the applications. For the last three years, the FRRR Program Advisory Committee, which reviews the assessments made by staff and recommends grants to FRRR’s Board, has been made up of former Heywire participants. The group learns about committee processes and governance, before participating in the assessment committee. FRRR directors, staff and some donors are on-hand with ABC staff to provide support. This is a deliberate approach to continue to invest in young people, so they can play an ongoing role in strengthening their communities.
Some of the 23 projects being funded are listed below:
- CareSouth Deniliquin in Deniliquin, NSW, received $5,080 to develop the Support Squad idea bycreating a youth peer support network that will run an art therapy mentoring program.
- Nganmarriyanga School Council Incorporated in Nganmarriyanga, NT, received $10,000 to develop the Open Field Fest idea by developing students’ creative skills with song writing workshops that showcase community, culture and language.
- Heal.ed Tribe in Coombabah, QLD, received $5,400 to develop the Contribute to the Change ideaby supporting young women with a lived experience of an eating disorder to share their story and reduce the stigma surrounding it.
- Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association in Port Augusta, SA, received $10,000 to develop the Open Field Fest idea by growing the number of young first nations artists participating in music festivals in Port Augusta through a skills development program.
- Beacon Foundation in Hobart, TAS, received $9,640 to develop the Discover your Future idea by encouraging secondary school students to adopt an entrepreneur mindset with a program to imagine, design and develop new businesses and products.
- Youth Live 4 Life in Maryborough, VIC, received $10,000 to develop the Contribute to the Change ideaby developing a network of youth who are trained in mental health first aid and knowledgeable about the support services available to them.
- Derby District High School in Derby, WA, received $10,000 to develop the Discover your Future idea by developing youth skills in horsemanship to broaden their career aspirations and provide a pathway into the pastoral industry.
The grants are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Sally Foundation, Erdi Foundation, Findex Community Fund, David Mactaggart Foundation, MaiTri Foundation as well as several private donors.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
|The StoryLink Project|
|Council of the City of Broken Hill||Create an inclusive community where diversity is celebrated through videos of young people highlighting the rich cultural makeup of the region.||Broken Hill, NSW||$10,000|
|GiveOUT Inc||Support the young LGBTIQ+ community with a capacity building project, empowering them to tell their stories and create vibrant sustainable organisations.||Online, VIC||$10,000|
|Satellite Foundation||Improve community understanding of the difficulties faced by youth who have a family member with a mental illness, with a video series highlighting the everyday prejudice faced by these youth.||Gippsland, VIC||$10,000|
|CareSouth||Create a youth peer support network by running an art therapy mentoring program.||Deniliquin, NSW||$5,080|
|Human Nature Adventure Therapy||Empower youth to share their mental health journey with their peers through a mental health training and storytelling workshop.||Ballina, NSW||$10,000|
|Young Men’s Christian Association of Sydney||Establish an LGBTIQ+ support group for the youth of Cooma and provide training to create leaders within the group.||Cooma, NSW||$9,878|
|Rascal Robot Art Space||Support youth to develop the skills and connections to establish an arts and culture festival that is fun, safe and inclusive for the community.||Beaconsfield, TAS||$9,800|
|Wimmera Development Association Incorporated||Develop leadership skills for young multicultural youth in Wimmera to help them develop their own support networks.||Horsham, VIC||$10,000|
|Open Field Fest|
|Greater Hume Shire Council||Increase social opportunities for youth through the development of a fun and inclusive youth event.||Culcairn, NSW||$10,000|
|Nganmarriyanga School Council Incorporated||Develop students’ creative skills with song writing workshops that showcase community, culture and language.||Nganmarriyanga, NT||$10,000|
|Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association||Grow the number of young first nations artists participating in music festivals in Port Augusta through a skills development program.||Port Augusta, SA||$10,000|
|Food is Free Inc||Support Ballarat youth to create a community festival that celebrates sustainability through workshops, emerging artists and recycled art.||Ballarat, VIC||$9,904|
|Contribute to the Change|
|Snowy Monaro Regional Council||Improve mental health literacy and awareness, by training a series of mentors to provide one-on-one support and guidance to youth.||Cooma, NSW||$9,200|
|RichmondPRA Limited||Build the mental health literacy of Broken Hill youth through wellbeing workshops.||Broken Hill, NSW||$3,500|
|Heal.ed Tribe||Support young women with a lived experience of an eating disorder to share their story and reduce the stigma surrounding it.||Coombabah, QLD||$5,400|
|Riverland Youth Theatre||Empower youth to explore their identity through performance art and costume design to image their best, bravest future self.||Renmark, SA||$10,000|
|Youth Live 4 Life||Develop a network of youth who are trained in mental health first aid and knowledgeable about the support services available to them.||Maryborough, VIC||$10,000|
|Hindmarsh Shire Council||Create meaningful conversations about mental health with a youth presented podcast series with mental health professionals.||Nhill, VIC||$10,000|
|Discover your Future|
|Far West UC||Prepare Broken Hill youth for their future careers by holding a networking event with local experts and education providers.||Broken Hill, NSW||$7,269|
|Sydney School of Entrepreneurship||Inspire the youth of Dubbo to explore new pathways beyond school with a challenge-focused innovation and entrepreneurship program.||Dubbo, NSW||$9,150|
|Beacon Foundation||Encourage secondary school students to adopt an entrepreneur mindset with a program to imagine, design and develop new businesses and products.||Hobart, TAS||$9,640|
|Food & Fibre Great South Coast||Inspire Geelong youth to explore a career in the food and fibre industry by connecting them with young leaders in the field.||Geelong, VIC||$10,000|
|Derby District High School||Develop youth skills in horsemanship to broaden their career aspirations and provide a pathway into the pastoral industry.||Derby, WA||$10,000|