U25-GO

The U25-GO grant opportunity provides grant funding of up to $2,000,000 to peak Police Citizens’ Youth Clubs and peak Blue Light Organisations to help young people under 25 and at risk of entering the criminal justice system to engage with family and community.

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This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

A grant of between $500,000 and $2,000,000 to cover up to 100% of eligible expenditure.

Who is this for?

State or territory peak Police Citizens’ Youth Clubs (PCYC), state or territory peak Blue Light Organisations or an organisation nominated by the Northern Territory Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

Overview

The U25-GO grant opportunity assists targeted organisations to deliver crime prevention and drug diversion programs for youth under the age of 25 at risk of engaging with the criminal justice system.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • provide alternative pathways for young people who are at risk of being engaged in criminal and/or anti-social behaviour
  • promote inclusion and build community resilience and strengthen family support structures
  • enable young people at-risk to break patterns of recidivism and cyclical engagement in criminal activity
  • help young people at-risk to develop life skills to prevent them from becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system and to promote inclusion and build community resilience.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • improved engagement of young people at-risk in education, work ready programs and the community more generally
  • decrease anti-social behaviour or engagement in criminal activity and an increase in positive community and family engagement.

Grant funding for this grant opportunity will be available over 2 years from 2024-25 to 2025-26.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)

and are:

  • a state or territory peak Police Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC)
  • a state or territory peak Blue Light Organisation, or
  • an organisation nominated by the Northern Territory Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

Where a peak PCYC or Blue Light organisation from a state or territory does not wish to submit an application, the peak organisation may nominate one affiliate to submit an application. See 4.1 and 4.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines for more information.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • a local PCYC (unless you are the only organisation in your state to receive written approval from your state peak to submit an application)
  • a local Blue Light organisation (unless you are the only organisation in your state to receive written approval from your state peak to submit an application)
  • an organisation previously defunded by State, Territory or Australian Government agencies for performance and/or integrity reasons
  • an organisation currently under voluntary or involuntary administration
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

Partner with other organisations

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2026.

Your project must:

  • be located in Australia
  • include one or more youth engagement activities which may occur at a single or multiple locations
  • have at least $500,000 in eligible expenditure.

You can apply for a grant between $500,000 and $2,000,000.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • labour, labour on-costs and administrative overheads
  • travel
  • participant expenditure including accommodation, meals, transport and registration costs for events
  • education and training materials
  • sports equipment and tablets
  • work experience costs including clothing and equipment
  • rental costs for buildings, facilities or venues specifically used for project activities
  • lease of motor vehicles to assist the carrying out of project activities.

See the grant opportunity guidelines for more information.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost to the project
  • be incurred by you within the project period
  • be incurred by you to undertake required project audit activities
  • meet the eligible expenditure guidelines.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. 

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: The extent that your project will contribute to positive outcomes for youth and divert them from the criminal justice system (50 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: How your project represents value for money (30 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Attorney-General makes the final decision.

Apply now

Apply for U25-GO now.

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it any time to make changes. But you must submit it again before the close date.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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