Youth Week 2020

The Youth Week Grants Program is designed for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

COVID-19 Update

In line with state and federal government directives and information Youth Week 2020 will not be going ahead during the scheduled week of 1-9 April 2020.

As an alternative, online events and activities have been organised to take place during the week of Youth Week and will continue on afterwards. Head to Lake Mac Youth Council to participate and for more information.

The theme of Youth Week is Speak Up. Be Involved. Get Connected. Have Fun, these ideals remain and will be celebrated throughout Youth Week in some capacity. 

The Youth Week 2020 grant offers were made to:

  1. Southern Beaches Junior Rugby Club
  2. Headspace Newcastle
  3. Community Activities Lake Macquarie (2 offers)
  4. Northlakes Youth Services
  5. PCYC Morisset
  6. Mt Hutton Tennis Club
  7. Southlake Community Services
  8. Toronto High School
  9. Belmont Neighbourhood Centre

Youth Week 2020 Acquittal Form

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Step 1.Who can apply for funds?

  • Any non-profit organisation that is incorporated, or auspiced by an incorporated organisation, can apply for up to $1000 to fund National Youth Week 2020 activities or events.

  • The event must occur within the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area, and be for young people aged 12-24 years.

  • A Youth Week Committee will assess the applications, and allocate funding. Applications that do not adhere to the funding criteria and do not address all the questions may not be deemed eligible.

Step 2.What activities/events cannot be funded?

The following items cannot be funded

  • Activities where the funds have already been spent (eg retrospective funding, budget deficits)

  • Contributions to an organisation's general operating expenses or management costs

  • Arrangements or commitments which are incompatible or inconsistent with the aim or objectives of National Youth Week 2020, and

  • Activities, that occurs outside the Youth Week 2020 dates without written approval.

Step 3.Participation of young people

Young people are to be actively involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of National Youth Week activities. Particular effort must be made to include young people who identify as being disadvantaged through cultural background; disability; parental status; geographically isolated; socioeconomic status; at risk of early school leaving; young women; and/or young offenders.

Step 4.Legal and insurance requirements

Applicants will be required to provide Council with evidence of their public liability insurance (certificate of currency) prior to receiving any funds. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have all the necessary insurances to cover themselves for any claims that may arise from the proposed event/activity (eg Workers’ Compensation, Volunteers Insurance etc).

Applicants are also responsible for ensuring that all workers and volunteers that are associated with the project have undergone a Working with Children Check. If the event/activity is to take place on a Council facility or park, then the applicant is required to book the event through Council’s Events team and complete an Event Booking Form. 

Step 5.The application process

A Youth Week Committee will assess the applications against set criteria, and allocate funding accordingly. The Committee’s membership consists of two Councillors, Council’s Community Planner Youth, the Lake Macquarie Youth Development Officer and three youth representatives from the Lake Macquarie Youth Advisory Council, where possible representing each ward in Lake Macquarie.

The committee’s preferred applications will be reported to Council in early 2020. Final confirmation and funding announcement is dependant upon Council acceptance of the recommendations. Council’s Community Planner Youth & Safer Communities may provide assistance with your Youth Week project upon request.

Step 6.Acknowledgement of Council in promotional materials

Successful applicants are required to acknowledge Council in promotional materials produced using the wording – “This Youth Week initiative is sponsored by Lake Macquarie City Council”. Council’s logo may be used but must be approved by Council’s Communication team before circulation.

Step 7.Review our guidelines

To ensure your application has the best chance of success we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the National Youth Week guidelines once they have been released.

Step 8.Apply

2020 Youth Week applications are now closed.


Further information is available by contacting our Community Development Officer for Young People on 4921 0333 or email

Related resources

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