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If you’re under 25, live in Byron Shire and have a great idea that needs funding to get up and running, you may be in with a chance.

Byron Shire Council has five $1,000 ‘Small Change Grants’ available for projects that create and deliver programs, activities and events for young people in the shire.

The grants are open to residents aged between 12 and 25 years of age.

Council’s youth activities officer Belle Arnold said the grants ‘support projects that create a positive image of young people and break down existing negative stereotypes’.

‘The events need to offer opportunities for participation and feature the celebration of young people’s lives, art, music, social justice and environmental issues,’ Ms Arnold said.

Youth Council member Nickolla Clark said, ‘it’s a great opportunity to get an idea off the ground. I encourage everyone thinking about applying to get their application in!’

The Byron Shire Youth Council has set the following 2012 Small Change Grant priorities:

  1. more initiatives for young people in Byron Shire
  2. projects that create a positive image of young people and break down the existing negative stereotypes of young people in our community
  3. projects that create employment outcomes for local young people
  4. creating opportunities for young people in our community to address discrimination such as racism, sexism or homophobia
  5. increasing young people’s awareness of environmental issues and participation in change or social action.

Successful applications will be determined by a panel of young people from the Youth Council and local youth workers.

Last year’s successful applicants were:

  • United Nations of Hip-Hop – series of hip-hop workshops and performances
  • Eyes on the Prize – a hip-hop event promoting and encouraging local artists
  • Byron Youth Climate Change Coalition’s Re-power Mullumbimby Civic Hall – a celebratory event for young people involved in a solar-energy project for the Mullumbimby Civic Hall
  • Byron Shire Youth Memorial Project – an event to promote a positive image of youth as a tribute to young people in the area who have lost their lives
  • The Cool Calm Collection – a multimedia art exhibition.

Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/youth-funding-opportunities.

Applications close 4 June.

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