Turning ideas into projects

By Country News

ABC Heywire is calling on community organisations to implement ideas developed at the 2019 Heywire Regional Youth Summit by applying for seed-funding through the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal.

At the summit in February, 50 young people from across Australia came together to devise ideas aimed at making regional Australia an even better place for the diverse young people who live there.

Their ideas tackle issues including transitioning to independence, connecting disengaged young people to regional services, starting a business, youth mental health, connecting consumers and farmers, and celebrating difference in our communities.

FRRR and its partners are offering grants worth $100000 to organisations interesting in implementing these ideas.

The Youth Innovation Grants, now in their seventh year, have led to more than 85 youth-developed projects in almost 200 communities nationwide, through $1.2million in community and philanthropic investment.

The grants are assessed by a committee of young people, including Heywire alumni, and the majority of the projects funded are youth-led.

Acting ABC managing director David Anderson said the grants program was a vital aspect of Heywire’s ongoing impact in regional communities.

■Grant applications close on May 13. For more information about the grants program and the Heywire ideas, visit: