Youth Grants Program - Youth Engagement and Leadership

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The Youth Engagement and Leadership Grants aims to encourage organisations to deliver innovative leadership opportunities for young people aged 12-25.

These grants are designed to provide the opportunity for young people to develop their leadership knowledge and skills.


Application process

Key dates

  • Applications opened: 2 May 2016
  • Applications closed: 13 June 2016
  • Delivery deadline: 30 June 2017
  • Acquittals due: See terms and conditions

The application is completed online: Smarty Grants website - Youth Engagement and Leadership.

You are guaranteed confidentiality and security when lodging a grant application online. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Youth Development Team to discuss alternatives.

Applicants may apply for more than 1 grant by submitting a separate application for each project, demonstrating clear distinctions between the projects.

A budget must be submitted with the grant application. In-kind contributions are also identified in the budget and applications with internal organisational resources will be strongly considered.

Young people are encouraged to contact the Youth Development Team to discuss ideas and receive guidance with the application process.


Grants available

A total funding pool of $12,000 is available to deliver Youth Engagement and Leadership programs and initiatives. 

Grant objectives

The City of Marion is committed to supporting young people in the community by supporting programs and initiatives that can demonstrate opportunities for young people to:

  • Come together to exchange ideas and raise issues that are important to them.
  • Act upon issues that are important to them with support from mentors, organisations and community leaders.
  • Gain experience in leadership and decision making.



Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The project will benefit young people aged between 12-25.
  • The project will occur in the City of Marion.
  • Demonstrate working collaboratively and/or in partnership with other organisations.
  • Young people will the opportunity to develop their leadership knowledge and skills.
  • The wellbeing of young people will be enhanced, which will involve ongoing benefits for young people after the project and grant is spent.
  • Project has clearly stated aims and objectives.
  • Evidence of youth engagement in the design, planning and delivery of the project.
  • Organisations that contribute their own resources to the project including in-kind, and volunteering will be highly considered.



Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Any incorporated, not-for-profit group, community group or voluntary association.
  • Groups that are not incorporated are eligible, provided applications are made through a sponsoring body. The sponsoring body will need to provide their incorporation number and ABN.

Schools / educational institutions:

  • Schools / educational institutions are eligible to apply, provided they can demonstrate that:
    - the project does not form part of the core business of the Department for Education and Child Development.
    - alternative funding sources are not available from the Department for Education and Child Development for the project.
    - is meeting an identified need that is not limited to the school environment.
  • Preference will be given to projects that show clear evidence of a partnership with one or more organisation(s) in the implementation of the project and demonstrate how the project will have benefits to the wider youth population.
  • Contact the Youth Development Team to confirm if a project is eligible.



The following reasons will render an application ineligible:

  • Political or Lobby Groups.
  • The project has commenced.
  • Ongoing operating costs of the organisation or costs not directly related to project delivery.
  • Retrospective costs (any money spent before a grant is approved).
  • Payment of salaries (facilitator/instructor fees will be accepted).
  • Fundraising or sponsorship.
  • Projects that duplicate an existing or similar project/service within the community.
  • Interstate or overseas travel.
  • Academic research or conference costs.
  • Organisations that have not satisfactorily acquitted previous grants with the City of Marion.


Grant assessment

The City of Marion reserves the right to provide funding at its sole discretion, however in order to arrive at this decision the following process will be undertaken:

  • Applications will be assessed against eligibility.
  • Applications will be assessed in accordance with grant schedule and available funds.
  • Applicants may be requested to provide additional supporting information considered appropriate.


Financial reporting and evaluation

Applicants will be required to submit a report and acquittal form online.

Final acquittal of your grant also requires a statement of income and expenditure for the project, which must be certified by an authorised signatory of the organisation.


Terms and conditions

Grants will be provided to successful applicants under the following terms and conditions:

  • Applications must be received by no later than midnight 13 June 2016.
  • Projects must be delivered by 30 June 2017.
  • Acquittals must be completed and returned to the City of Marion no later than one month from the completion of project or by the 31 July 2017, whichever is sooner.
  • The funds provided will be used for the approved project as detailed in the grant application.
  • Any changes to the project that would result in funding being expended other than as detailed in the application may not be undertaken without prior written approval by the City of Marion.
  • City of Marion is to be given written or printed acknowledgement of the funding in all correspondence, media releases, invitations and any advertising or promotional material.
  • City of Marion logo will be supplied and is to be applied to all advertising and promotional material including banners, posters, leaflets, etc.
  • City of Marion will reserve the right to separately promote any funded project
  • City of Marion is to be given verbal acknowledgement of the funding in any speeches at events.
  • Applicants will be responsible for obtaining any relevant approvals including use of council land and road closures. View the following link:
  • Meet legal, child protection and insurance requirements set by State and Commonwealth legislation. For further information please visit: Child Related Employment Screening
  • Groups that are not incorporated are still eligible, provided applications are made through a sponsoring body.
  • The applicant / sponsoring body must provide their incorporation number and ABN. If the applicant / sponsoring body does not have an ABN the Statement by Supplier form must be completed and returned to the Youth Development Team.
  • Funds must be made payable to the applicant / sponsoring body.  If successful, a cheque will be made to the nominated organisation in Section A unless otherwise stated.
  • Any part of the grant funds that are not used must be repaid to the City of Marion unless prior written approval is obtained.


Print the guidelines

To print a copy of the guidelines, please download: Youth Grants - Youth Engagement and Leadership(315 kb).


Further information

City of Marion
Youth Development Team
Phone: 7420 6462 / 7420 6461
Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: 935 Marion Road, Mitchell Park SA 5043
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