The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is partnering with the ABC’s Heywire program to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
Heywire engages rural youth in the national conversation, and selected regional youth converged on Canberra in February to meet with His Excellency the Governor-General, local Members, Senators and Federal Ministers, representatives from government departments, philanthropists, business and community leaders and youth mentors to develop practical solutions to improve the lives of young people.
FRRR and its donor partners is offering $100,000 in funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas.
The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2019.
Communities can choose from one the following seven project ideas:
C.E.O. – Conquer Every Opportunity – How might we help young people start businesses?
Walk & Talk – How might we encourage conversations about mental health in a safe and relaxed environment?
Shed Happens – How might we help people understand what really happens on the farm?
Bridge – How might we connect young people to services to feel like their issues are heard?
Ask Away – How might we get people to ask questions of minority groups that they’re too afraid to ask?
Adulting – How might we help young people adapt to life away from home?
Our Place – How might we connect young people in rural communities?
Funds will be available to implement or pilot one of the 2019 Heywire ideas. The projects can be adapted for your community, but must also do one of the following:
a) Build community resilience;
b) Develop organisational resilience and capacity;
c) Enhance environmental sustainability;
d) Foster cultural vibrancy;
e) Encourage lifelong education & training;
f) Strengthen the local economy;
g) Improve community health & social wellbeing.
Projects must be undertaken between September 2019 to September 2020 and must take place in regional Australia, as defined by ABC Heywire – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Applications close on Tuesday 14th May.