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Grants available to help local youth fund their dreams

Castlemaine band Stop That Mammoth performing live.

Council is encouraging young people aged between 10 and 25 to apply for one of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Quick Response Youth Grants.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Do you have a passion for a new youth activity in Mount Alexander Shire? Have you thought of a project to help young people recover from the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Are you looking for some financial support to get your idea off the ground?

If you are aged between 10 and 25 you can apply now for one of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Quick Response Youth Grants.

The grants provide funding of up to $1,000 for local young people to run their own youth focused activities and projects.

Seventeen-year old Castlemaine resident and Young Citizen of the Year, Ada Levis, is a 2019/2020 Quick Response Youth Grant recipient. Ada received financial assistance from Council last year to stage the live music event Soup and Songs.

The all-ages gig was held in Castlemaine last November, and featured performances from local musicians Stop That Mammoth and Skyscraper Stan.

Ms Levis said the funding stream was a great opportunity for young people to get the support they needed to hold their own events and activities.

“At the time there weren’t a lot of live music events happening for young people in the shire,” said Ms Levis.

“I thought Soup and Songs would be a nice way to bring people together to enjoy some home-cooked food, and listen to live music as well.”

Ms Levis and her friends organised the entire event, which included coordination of musicians, budget preparation, publicity, venue hire, and food preparation.

“I wanted the event to be almost completely run by young people,” said Ms Levis.

“Apart from my dad, who is involved in the music industry, we achieved that. We had more than 200 people through the doors, and because the gig was right next to the playground, we had heaps of families that came along as well.”

“The process of applying for the grant was really easy too,” said Ms Levis.

“Council seems super keen to help young people with running events and were really supportive of our application. I’d highly recommend it,” said Ms Levis.

To be eligible for a Quick Response Youth Grant applicants are required to:

- Be a young person aged between 10 and 25
- Live in Mount Alexander Shire
- Run an activity or project for young people in Mount Alexander Shire.

Other projects previously funded through the Quick Response Youth Grants include an indigenous mural project, bushwalks, an anti-bullying campaign and various fundraising events.

Council’s Youth Development Officer Shannon Lacy encourages more young people to apply for funding to help them realise their vision.

“Grants are available right throughout the year and we are happy to answer any questions or provide support where needed,” said Ms Lacy.

“During this challenging time, we are particularly encouraging innovative projects that promote youth health and wellbeing and that will support young people to get through the current Covid-19 pandemic.”

To apply, complete a Quick Response Youth Grant Application Form on Council’s youth website at www.mountalexandershireyouth.com.au. Applications need to be submitted one month prior to the project’s proposed starting date.

For more information contact Shannon by phone, text or email on 0429 369 894 or youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Image: Castlemaine band Stop That Mammoth performing live, featuring Quick Response Youth Grant recipient Ada Levis.
Left to right - Uma Dingemans – keyboard, Tilly Stroek – drums, Shanti Steventon - guitar and lead vocals, Ada Levis – bass, Bridie Edgar – saxophone, flute and vocals, Amy Ferguson – saxophone.

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