Young People are urged to apply for the ‘Creative Young Star’ Program
Local Federal MP, Bruce Billson has urged students, young people and local Dunkley community organisations to apply to share in the funds available to support talent development and participation in creative, cultural, academic and community activities.
Applications can be lodged by June 21, 2013 for the first round of grants of $500 for individuals up to 25 years of age and $3000 for each of two local community groups under the Commonwealth’s Creative Young Stars program.
“Our community is full of young people who have many great talents and organisations that support them to fulfil their potential and just as we support rising sporting stars, this program is intended to support the development of creative young talent”, Mr Billson said.
“In some cases young people and their families find it difficult to meet the extra costs associated with participating in creative development activities, events and training.
“These grants will help young further develop their creative talents by helping them take part in competitions, eisteddfods, public speaking tournaments and other cultural, artistic or academic events.
“Grant recipients will benefit from the financial support to ensure that more young people in Dunkley get the chance to reach their potential and make an even greater contribution to our community in the creative fields.
“I strongly encourage students and young people, their parents and carers and the many community organisations in Dunkley that support creative talent to apply for a Creative Young Stars grant to help them chase their dreams,” Bruce said.
The categories of activity that may be eligible for grant funding include:
• Creative and performing arts e.g. participation in Battle of the Bands, arts exhibitions and creating writing competitions
• Cultural activities e.g. cultural heritage event participation designed to foster understanding and cultural knowledge
• Academic endeavour e.g. participating in debates, public speaking events, maths and science competitions
• School and community achievement e.g. supporting young people with improving school and community life, youth representation and student support innovations
For the Creative Young Stars program Guidelines or for further information, contact Mary-Jo in Bruce Billson’s office on (03) 9781 2333 or visit the Creative Young Stars program link