Funding now available to give more young people a voice in the regions
Not-for-profit organisations, local councils, regional universities and TAFE colleges across regional NSW will be able to deliver more youth-led radio and podcasting initiatives thanks to a new round of the NSW Government’s Regional Youth Radio Program.
Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin today announced $250,000 for new projects that enable young people to develop skills in podcasting and radio production and presentation.
“The 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program gives young people living in the regions a vehicle to talk about the issues that are important to them,” Mr Franklin said.
“The program will offer young people the opportunity to hone their radio and podcast production skills, as well as empower them to better connect with their communities.”
Mr Franklin said eligible applicants can apply for up to $25,000 for projects to develop the skills or training of young people in audio broadcasting, or to fund essential equipment to support youth radio and podcasting.
As part of the 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program, $75,000 will be dedicated to Aboriginal community projects, ensuring young First Nations people will have their voices heard.
Clark Webb from the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation said he has seen first-hand how the Regional Youth Radio Program has helped local youth to develop a proud sense of belonging and cultural identity, via One Mob Radio station.
“The Regional Youth Radio pilot program allowed One Mob Radio to take groups of young people out on country to yarn, learn radio production skills and to tell their own stories in Gumbaynggirr Language,” Mr Clark said.
“It’s been great to watch these kids grow those connections with their culture and to develop confidence as story tellers, while also learning some skills that could improve their work ready skills.”
Applications are now open and close 4:00pm 2 December 2022, for projects to be delivered in 2023.
For program and eligibility guidelines visit Regional Youth Radio.