Youth Development Fund – Providing Young people with opportunities for learning, development and participation

Hepburn Shire Council acknowledges young people as valuable members of our community, by providing financial support for youth development.

There is two types of grants available for funding;

  1. Participation in the Young Endeavour voyage (total cost $4,000)
  2. A Scholarship which provides financial assistance (up to $4,000) for learning & development, through a State, National, or International conference, workshop or program of the applicants choice.


About the Young Endeavour Voyage

The Young Endeavour Voyage is Australia’s national training ship, a 44-metre brigantine which takes young Australians aged 16-23 on 11 day sail training voyage along the coast of Australia.

A Young Endeavour voyage is a physical and mental challenge for all sail trainees, teaching leadership skills, teamwork and personal development as well as the physical skills of sailing a tall ship.

Hepburn shire Council is funding one young person who lives in the Hepburn Shire to undertake a voyage on the Young Endeavour.


Young Endeavour Voyage Eligibility

– Must be a resident of the Hepburn Shire

– be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

– be aged 16-23 years old on the day of departure of the voyage

– be able to swim 50 meters, be under 120kg and be in good health

–  complete a medical prior to the voyage

– not have sailed on the Young Endeavour previously


About the Learning and Development Scholarship

This scholarship is for young people aged 16-23 to financially assist them in accessing programs that encourage and support personal growth.

These programs might include elements of:

  • Leadership
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Advocacy


Learning and development scholarship eligibility

  • Aged between 16-23 on 1st January 2020
  •  Must be a resident of the Hepburn Shire
  • Attendance at State, National or International recognised conference/workshop/program (including educational institutions, endorsed service providers, government or peak bodies, Charities, not-for-profit, or youth programs endorsed by United Nations)
  • Funds will not be given retrospectively
  • There must be a demonstrated selection process which entitles the person to attend the activity/event. E.g.: confirmation of activity by endorsed authority.
  • Applicants should be undertaking other fundraising activities, if the expenditure is larger than the scholarship amount.
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal report, including all receipts of expenditure and photos as evidence of their experience within one month of the completion of the supported activity/event.
  • In the instance that the applicant does not attend the event, the applicant will be required to repay the full amount of the funding awarded.
  • If the applicant changes the learning plan after application has been submitted or scholarship has been awarded, the applicant must contact Hepburn Shire Council as soon possible.


Youth Development Fund will not fund

  • Activities which seek to make a financial profit for the individual
  • Paid work related, traineeships or apprenticeships
  • Programs through Formal School (High School, University, TAFE) or extra-curriculum activities
  • Volunteering abroad
  • competitive sports related programs
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Activities/events that have already commenced or been completed
  • Groups or team submissions
  • Hepburn Shire Council Staff
  • Everyday living expenses
  • Donations to other organisations
  • Debts or loans


Youth Development will fund (but not limited to)

  • Travel, accommodation, food & training costs
  • Leadership conferences & programs
  • International & national indigenous conferences or summits
  • United Nations Youth Conferences & summits
  • Advocating & representing Hepburn Shire Council at State, National or International youth summits
  • State or National Scouts & Girl Guides leadership programs
  • Study abroad Music or arts summer programs
  • Young Endeavour voyage
  • Studying language abroad


Application Criteria

The applications will be judged by a panel of community members, on the following criteria:

  • Leadership – Demonstrating leadership. This could include, Community involvement, volunteering, organising projects and events, or outside of school activities.
  • Overcoming challenges – Such as, Social, financial, transport, cultural, family, health, disability, sexuality, other.
  • Learning experiences – what the applicant hopes to learn from the experience if they are awarded the scholarship
  • Community benefits – How will the experience they gain benefit the Hepburn Shire community? What does the applicant plan to do with the skills and experience gained?

Applications close 21 February 2020

Click here for the Application Form


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