Youth Engagement Scheme

Grant guidelines

The Youth Engagement Scheme will enable organisations to target ‘at risk’ youth by assisting them to connect with their communities through a range of sport and active recreation activities. These activities are required to be provided in safe environments with mentors and leaders experienced in engaging disconnected youth. Programs are required to increase participation in physical activity and offer volunteer and leadership opportunities to increase capability, build resilience and sustainability.

Applications close 5pm 9 October 2015.

Programs will seek to increase participation in physical activity and offer volunteer and leadership opportunities to increase capability, build resilience and sustainability.

Target group

‘At risk’ youth aged 8 to 18 years residing in lower socio-economic areas in metropolitan and regional locations.

For the purpose of this project ‘at risk’ refers to young people who are at a heightened risk of engaging in negative, or dangerous, behaviours, or being impacted on by the negative behaviours of others, due to factors including but not limited to:

  • Disengagement from education, training or employment
  • Exposure to violence and or substance abuse in home, peer group, or  community
  • Involvement with justice and/or child safety systems.

Funding snapshot


  • Increase participation in sport and active recreation by the target group
  • Increase awareness of the benefits of sport and active recreation within the target group and their families
  • Increase the promotion and awareness of existing sport and active recreation services/programs for the target group
  • Increase the capability of the target group and their families to access sport and active recreation programs in the community
  • Increase sport and active recreation volunteer and leadership opportunities for the target group
  • Develop relationships with local community sport and recreation clubs
  • Increase in participants wellbeing and self-esteem through connection to the community.

Who can apply?

  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • Metro and regional local governments.

Assessment criteria

  • Proposed project is supported in partnership with other organisations through in-kind and/or financial assistance.
  • Program development in consultation with local community members and service providers
  • Project must present opportunities into ongoing mainstream sport and recreation, employment and/or education opportunities
  • Outcomes identified in the proposed project are appropriate and achievable
  • Demonstrated capacity to implement proposed project
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging ‘at risk’ youth.

Essential project components

  • Sport and/or recreation component
  • Link participants to KidSport, community clubs or community programs
  • Consideration of safe travel home post program delivery
  • Educational/life skill workshops
  • Capacity building for participants and volunteers i.e. coaching/umpiring accreditation, mentoring, leadership development, employment/work experience/education opportunities
  • Comply with working with children legislation.

What is the application process?

  • There will be an opening and closing date for the grant application
  • Read these guidelines for the Youth Engagement Scheme
  • Contact your Department Community Inclusion team member or closest regional Department office to discuss your application
  • Complete the grant application form. Attach evidence of your demonstrated capacity to deliver and consultation of local community members and service providers
  • Submit your application electronically or hard-copy no later than the advertised closing date
  • Application to be assessed by a Department panel, then all applicants to be advised of outcome.

What we will fund

  • Facilitation of program
  • Coaching clinics
  • Training of volunteers
  • Program coordinators
  • Coaching courses
  • Referee/umpire courses
  • Developing youth leadership
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Venue hire.

What we won't fund

  • Any program delivery outside of Western Australia
  • Any proposed program within school hours
  • Merchandise e.g. clothing/promotional material
  • Catering costs
  • Prize money/trophies
  • Membership fees
  • Additional funds for a project already funded by a Department of Sport and Recreation grant program
  • One-off camps and events
  • Direct transport costs e.g. bus hire
  • Equipment.


This funding scheme will be limited to amounts up to $40,000. Projects will commence between 1 November 2015 and 20 March 2016. Projects that include partnerships will be viewed favourably.

Successful applicants will be subject to a grant agreement and required to fulfil Key Results Schedule and Financial Acquittal obligations.

Department acknowledgement

Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge the Department of Sport and Recreation. Details will be included in successful applicant grant agreements.

More information

If you have any queries about your eligibility or the details when applying for this grant, please contact the Department of Sport and Recreation on 08 9492 9700 or email