Youth Enterprise Fund - Opportunity For Young People

The Youth Enterprise Fund – Opportunity for Young People, supports young people who have smart and achievable ideas to design enterprise projects that will make a social and/or environmental difference. This funding helps young people develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to take their enterprise ideas to the next level. 

We are not currently seeking applications for the Youth Enterprise Fund.

What is the funding for

Funding is to support an individual or group of young people, aged 12 to 24 years, who have a new and/or innovative enterprise project or idea.

Youth Enterprise Fund – Opportunity for Young People Criteria

Youth Enterprise Fund – Opportunity for Young People enterprise projects need to demonstrate:

  • innovation and viability of the enterprise project.
  • potential for sustainability and growth
  • potential for social and/or environmental impact
  • value for money.

What we cannot fund

Examples of enterprise projects that we cannot fund are:

  • initiatives targeted at young people below the age of 12 years or over the age of 24 years
  • loans and/or start-up grants for business
  • initiatives focused solely on financial capability and/or financial literacy
  • overseas travel
  • sponsorship of an individual, groups or events (e.g. to attend a conference or course or offers naming rights)
  • individuals/groups without the support of a legal entity
  • contribution to current on-going costs i.e. rent or salaries (e.g. subsidising costs or covering funding shortfalls for existing initiatives)
  • generic youth support and/or youth work services.

How the funding decisions are made

Through submitting an application to be assessed by a panel against:

  • innovation and viability of the enterprise project
  • potential for sustainability and growth
  • potential for social and/or environmental impact
  • value for money.

If you have any questions

If you have any questions please contact Julia Walsh, Manager Youth Development on (04) 916 3300.