Youth Access Grants Program

From Friday 24 November 2023 to Sunday 14 January, we're accepting submissions for our Youth Access Grants. The grants help young people aged 12 to 18 in our community enjoy more recreational activities.


We've extended the closing date for applications. You now have until Sunday 14 January to submit applications for our Youth Access Grants.

The program aims to increase the number of free or affordable activities for young people in our City.

Recreation activities can include:

  • sporting activities such as training, lessons, competitions and organised group sports
  • creative expression including theatre, acting groups and art lessons
  • social activities including mindfulness, environmental activities, movie clubs, group coding and gaming sessions.


Grant guidelines

The grant guidelines below outline the eligibility, assessment criteria and all the information you'll need to familiarise yourself with what you need to apply for the grant.

Youth Access Grants Program 2023-24 Guidelines (DOCX 496 KB)

Youth Access Grants Program 2023-24 Guidelines (PDF 642 KB)

Grant value

The Youth Access Grant Program has two categories:

Stream one: Get Involved grant

Get Involved funding provides up to $500 for a young person aged 12 to 18 years to participate in recreational activities.

Young people between 12-17 years old need parental consent for their application. In this case, it is the parent or carer's responsibility to manage the funds and provide acquittal report.

Stream two: Recreation Programs grant

The Recreation Programs Grant is available for organisations to apply for up to $15,000. They must provide a free or low-cost recreation program for young people aged 12 to 18 years of age.

Key dates

Mark these key dates on your calendar to make sure you don’t miss out.

Key milestoneDate

Applications open

Friday 24 November 2023

Online information session

Thursday 14 December 2023, 10 am to 11 am

Grant writing workshop

Tuesday 19 December 2023, 6 pm to 8 pm

Applications close

Sunday 14 January 2023

Applications Assessed

January 2024

Applicants emailed application outcome

February 2024

Funds issued to successful applicants

March 2024

Project / program delivery

April to September 2024

Acquittal reports due

October 2024


Please see our guidelines for eligibility and assessment criteria.

How to apply

Youth Access Grants are all about helping young people have more fun and meaningful experiences in Port Phillip. Here’s how to apply:

  • Make sure you or your organisation is eligible. Before you apply, read through our guidelines to ensure you meet our eligibility criteria.
  • Familiarise yourself with our assessment criteria in the guidelines. This will give you an idea how your submission will be assessed.
  • Attend our online information session on Tuesday 5 December from 10 am to 11 am. This will give you a better understanding of the grants.
  • Attend our grant writing workshop on Tuesday 12 December from 6 pm to 8 pm. This will give you a clear understanding of how to best write your application.
  • Submit your application here: Youth Access Grant: Get Involved 2023/24 - City of Port Phillip Grants (

More information

We will be holding two information sessions for the community to get information about the Youth Grants application process and ask questions as required.

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Online information session

Thursday 14 December 2023, 10 am to 11 am

Information Session Registration

Grant writing workshopTuesday 19 December 2023, 6 pm to 8 pmGrant Writing Workshops

For general queries about the guidelines or application form, please contact us via our Online Services

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