Clarence and Richmond Valley youth groups could emulate Clarence Youth Action (CYA) and win a five-figure grant to boost their activities, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. 

“Last year CYA received a grant of $48,000 from the Youth Opportunities grants program to continue its excellent community service, including holding regular workshops, events and activities and engaging with the broader community,” Mr Gulaptis said. “A new round of funding under the same program has just opened and I am hoping another local youth group will apply and for a share of the $1.5 million fund from the Nationals in Government.” 

Mr Gulaptis said Clarence and Richmond Valley Councils were also eligible and should consider applying. 

“Building social infrastructure is as fundamental to ensuring a strong and vibrant community as is hard infrastructure such as building bridges and roads,” Mr Gulaptis said. 

One-off grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 are available for new youth-driven projects that use strategies to support participation and community engagement. 

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on July 16. To apply or to find further information about the program, click here.