Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien, has today announced that applications for the FReeZA 2013-2015 grant round are now open.
FReeZA is an innovative youth development program provided by the Victorian Government that offers young people opportunities to volunteer in their local committees to plan and deliver drug, alcohol and smoke-free music and cultural events, gain practical skills and training, perform before an audience of their peers, and help shape participation opportunities for other young people in their community.
Mr O’Brien has expressed his support for youth within the Malvern electorate to participate in this initiative. “FReeZA grants are a great way for communities to support young people in the organisation and staging of safe, secure music and cultural entertainment events for other young people in the community” Mr O’Brien said.
“FReeZA is very much a program for young people, by young people, which is why the Victorian Government is proud to commit funding of $2.4 million annually to the FReeZA program over the next four years so that more young people are engaged, involved and creative in their own community”.
Each year local committees stage over 400 FReeZA events, with more than 130,000 young people taking part across Victoria. Showcasing talents of local musicians and emerging artists, FReeZA offers opportunities for young people to develop skills and career pathways in the music, arts and entertainment industries.
“I strongly encourage youth providers and local governments looking to support young people’s participation in music and arts in their local communities to apply for FReeZA 2013-2015 funding”, Mr O’Brien said.
For more information on the FReeZA grant, application details or grant guidelines, visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza.
Applications for funding close on Friday 14 September 2012.