Holiday Break program

The resilience of young people has been tested in recent times by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19, so as part of the NSW Government’s $2.8 billion COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, the popular Holiday Break program has received a $10 million funding boost.

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The Office for Regional Youth's Holiday Break program provides young people across regional NSW with opportunities to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays by delivering a range of free and subsidised activities including sport and recreation camps, training courses, creative, artistic or science activities, council-led events and more.

Eligible regional NSW councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver events as part of the Holiday Break program.

Applications for Winter holidays now open

Applications for funding for the Winter 2022 Holiday Break are now open. Eligible regional NSW councils and eligible not-for-profits can apply for funding to deliver events and activities during the upcoming school holidays.

Key dates for Winter Holiday Break

Applications open: Monday 11 April 2022

Applications close: Friday 20 May 2022

Activities delivered between: Monday 4 July - Sunday 17 July

Outcomes report due: 26 July 2022

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include:

Program information and resources

How to apply

Eligible applicants can submit an application using the online SmartyGrants portal.

Getting support

For more information and support with your application, please contact

Winter Holiday Break program FAQs

How much funding am I eligible for?

Eligible councils and not-for-profits can apply for up to $7,000.

Which councils are eligible to apply?
What is the closing date for applications?

Applications for Holiday Break funding close Friday 6 May 2022.

How do I submit a proposal?

Applicants can complete and submit a proposal using the SmartyGrants portal.

What activities can be funded?

New or enhanced social or recreational activities, events, services or programs for young people aged 12-24 years during the Winter school holidays. 

Examples of eligible activities:

  • movie nights
  • youth concerts and music events
  • sports and recreational activities
  • creative and cultural activities
  • dance / disco events
When do activities need to be delivered?

Activities are to be delivered between Monday 4 July 2022 and Sunday 17 July 2022.

Who are the priority groups of young people that not-for-profit organisations must deliver activities to?

Activities delivered by not-for-profits must target one of the priority groups of young people identified below:

  • Aboriginal young people
  • young people that are carers
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people
  • young people from a refugee background
  • LGBTIQA+ young people
  • young people living with a disability
  • young people experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.
How long does it take to receive funding?

Applications will be assessed within 5 working days, unless otherwise advised. Once an application is approved, applicants will receive an email notification.

Successful applicants will receive a notification and link via email to complete a funding deed. Payments will be released within 10 days of an executed funding deed.

Due to high volumes of funding deeds, requests are considered in order of receipt. 

Should my invoice be inclusive or exclusive of GST?

Invoices from local councils should be exclusive of GST. 

Invoices from not-for-profits can include GST. 

What do I do if the scope of activities changes between application and completion?

Amendments to proposed activities will not be accommodated. However, should an event be impacted by COVID-19 or natural disasters, the guidelines permit a change of dates.

If you are unable to deliver activities as detailed in the Funding Deed, please advise both the Grants Management Office at, and the Office for Regional Youth at as soon as possible.

Can I deliver activities outside of the school holidays?

Funds must be expended on activities as part of the Winter 2022 school holidays. 

Do I need a COVID-19 Safety Plan?

Yes. Activities must be delivered in compliance with relevant health orders. Applications should include a copy of a COVID-19 Safety Plan or a detailed description of how you plan to deliver the activities in a COVID-Safe way.

Why isn’t my council eligible for funding?

Councils within the Greater Sydney Area, Newcastle LGA and Wollongong LGA are ineligible for funding as they are outside of the program scope.

How do I include reference to NSW Government support in media and promotions?

The ‘proudly supported by NSW Government’ logo is available in the guidelines. Further queries regarding media opportunities can be referred to

I am having difficulty signing and witnessing my funding deed. What can I do?

Funding deeds need to be printed, signed and returned. Funding deeds can be signed by authorised staff at the council/organisation or a person at the council/organisation with delegation. Funding deeds cannot be electronically signed as legal documents but they can be witnessed virtually.

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