The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and its partners are offering $100,000 in grants to community groups in rural, regional, and remote areas to help them adopt one of seven innovative, youth-driven ideas that emerged at the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
At this leadership development program, young people from across the country engaged in national conversations on issues that matter to them. Then, working with mentors from government, philanthropic, and corporate sectors, they developed practical solutions to combat them.
The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program helps community groups implement these ideas. In 2017, they cover a range of big issues, including racism, youth working in agriculture, mental wellbeing, access to technology, substance abuse, keeping young people out of youth detention, and LGBTQI+ leadership and equality.
FRRR’s CEO Natalie Egleton says there are grants of up to $10,000 available to help not-for-profit community groups to adopt, adapt, and then implement one of these seven project ideas in their local area.
“The young participants are passionate about these ideas because they have experienced the issues first hand. By combining the insights of the Heywire youth with the experience and networks of local community leaders in regional Australia, we know these projects will drive positive change for the future,” explained Ms Egleton.
“The outcomes we have seen from previous projects have been nothing short of extraordinary. We can’t wait to see these new ideas become reality and strongly encourage not-for-profit community groups to work with young people in their community and apply for a grant to adopt, adapt, and act on one of these ideas and create positive change.”
Mikayla Mayoh, one of 2017’s Heywire winners, explains that the One Drop project will provide information and support for friends and families affected by the drug abuse of a loved one, helping to start the conversation about drug abuse in their community.
“When I lost my older cousin due to substance abuse, our tight-knit family was rocked to its core. We soon became witnesses to the stigma surrounding drug abuse. For me, One Drop is a chance to give other families the opportunity to come together, connect, and share stories of their loved ones in a safe environment, and to realise they are not alone in their fight.”
Grant applications close 15 May 2017. Communities selected to implement their projects will be announced early August 2017.