Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

‘Our Region, Our Voice’ Program marks record investment in Regional Youth


Application closes: 4 October 2022 at 10am. Funding will be available for projects that ensure regional youth have opportunities for meaningful work and education, accessible healthcare and can thrive within their local communities, thanks to a record investment from the NSW Government.

Applications are now open for the $40 million ‘Our Region, Our Voice’ Regional Youth Investment Program which will provide grants of up to $3 million for projects that genuinely reflect the needs and aspirations of regional young people in NSW.

The program was developed through consultation with nearly 2,000 young people across regional NSW to ensure the investment truly reflects the voice of regional youth.

The funding will be allocated across nine investment themes which emerged as high priorities from consultations with the Regional Youth Taskforce and Regional Youth Insights, the largest regional youth research project ever commissioned by the NSW Government. These investment themes are: Skills, Education, Health, Inclusivity, Transport, Digital, Belonging, Agency, and Housing.

Local Councils, schools, not-for-profit organisations, and Local Aboriginal Land Councils are all urged to apply. Applications close 10am, 4 October, 2022.

For more information about program and eligibility guidelines, visit

Office for Regional Youth will be hosting a webinar on 6 September about the Regional Youth Invesment Program, from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.  If you would like to register please click here.

Key information
  • Status: Open
  • Grant amount: From $150,000 to $3,000,000
  • Application opened: 1 September 2022
  • Application closes: 4 October 2022, 10:00 am

Office for Regional Youth
Department of Regional NSW