The Youth Engagement Grants are part of the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program, a key initiative under the Crime Prevention Strategy which helps promote community safety and prevent crime in communities across Victoria.

The Youth Engagement Grants are open to small multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and organisations to support young people make positive life choices and prevent contact with police and the justice system.

The grants will support projects that use cultural connection, sport, arts, music or other creative activities to engage young people. Young people are broadly defined as being between the ages of 8-24, with a particular focus on those from 8-16 years of age, as this presents a good opportunity to provide early support and help keep young people on the right track. Projects may choose to focus on a particular group or age-range to ensure a targeted focus on the needs of the children and young people participating.

Once young people are engaged through these activities, there is an opportunity to connect them with other supports and services as needed, to achieve the best outcomes.

Funding available

Up to $50,000 per project over two years.

Who can apply?

Multicultural and Aboriginal clubs and organisations clubs that have an annual income of less than $500,000 and are incorporated or can partner with an incorporated organisation.

To apply

To apply, you must submit an expression of interest (EOI) through the SmartyGrants online system. To begin your EOI, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

EOIs must be submitted online by 4pm on 13 December 2021.

Late EOIs cannot be submitted or considered, to be fair to all applicants.

Submitting an EOI is not a guarantee of funding.

EOIs will be assessed according to the program criteria. EOIs that are shortlisted will then be eligible to develop a more detailed proposal for funding.

What can be funded?

The funds could be used for new activities or to continue existing activities such as:

  • strengthen their connection to community and culture through sports, arts, and music
  • support young people’s connection to education, training and pathways to employment, such as developing life skills and experience
  • offer young people opportunities to participate in supportive activities during school holidays.

Key documentation

The grant guidelines contain the key information about the Youth Engagement Grants program.

Read the grant guidelines.

Download the support letter template

Information session

An information session for Round 1 of the Youth Engagement Grants was held online on Wednesday 3 November.

The session provided an overview of the grants program, including why the Victorian Government is funding these grants, and information about eligibility criteria, application stages and the capacity building workshops.

Download the presentation.


If after reading the guidelines you still have questions about the grants, please contact the Grants Information Line on 1300 221 249 (for the cost of a local call on any weekday between 8.30am and 5pm except for public holidays).

You can also contact the Community Crime Prevention Unit by email: (External link)    

If you experience technical difficulties when writing or submitting your application online, please contact SmartyGrants Support by phone (03) 9320 6888 or email: (External link)

Apply now (External link)