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Youth InterACT Grants

By johnboy 20 August 2008 34

[First filed: August 20, 2008 @ 08:32]

Katy Gallagher has announced the happy recipients of some very small grants for worthy youth projects.

Each getting around $1,500 the winners are:

    Eden Daniels – Family Day

    Aron Walsh – Stromlo High Café

    Stephanie Levy – Save a Mate Chill Out Tent

    Elena Sione – Samoa Youth Culture and Traditions Awareness

    Melissa Aveyard – Young Stroke Survivors ACT

    Michael Bailey – The Hunting Season Launch Week

    Elysha McKay – Weston Creek Youth Festival

    Katie Cox – The Breakout Book

    Matthew Turnbull – Canberra Cup Water Polo Championships

    Michael Galluzzo – National Youth Reconciliation Conference

    Kacey Lam – Think Tank

Personally I’d be intrigued to know what the grant process cost compared to the disbursement of $16,200.

UPDATED: The ever charming Megan Purcell has been in touch to let us know that despite being initially left off the media release her application as President of the Tuggeranong Taipans Floorball club was successful.

As to the complexity of the grant process she had this to say:

    “On the topic of applications… To be honest I think it was probably more comprehensive than some others I have seen for amounts twenty times as much.”

RiotACT will, however, be following floorball and the Taipans as they progress.

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Granny 4:26 pm 20 Aug 08

I have a lot of hope for yeboii.

: )

I think that, rather than just list the winners, it would be nice to have a paragraph or two about why they were awarded the grant. It is quite an achievement to do be successful in this kind of application, and it would better honour the work they have done.

I agree it is great to provide incentives for people to step outside their comfort zones, especially the youth (who are often so much better at it)! Hopefully the administration costs would be reasonable also.

tom-tom 3:52 pm 20 Aug 08

i’d be thinking the cost of this would probably be in the vicinity of 5-10 grand (say 1000 for the staffers time thinking up the idea and designing selection criteria etc, 2-5 grand for publicity, eg flyers, info packs, posters to stick up at uni, newspaper ads etc, 1-2 grand for time spent working out a shortlist and investigating who should win and 2 grand for putting on a song an dance when giving out the awards, wine and cheese etc)

while that money’s still disappearing off into the ether; some of these projects would be well worth the investment. Besides isn’t it nice to read a good news story about local youth? compare and contrast these kids with yeboii for instance.

jakez 12:23 pm 20 Aug 08

Mr Evil said :

I must admit to being a little cynical as to the possible worth of some of these programs, but as long as none of it is spent on interpretive dance, then I’m happy for the Govt to dish a few thousand out.

I thought the 2020 Summit was supposed to solve all these youth issues anyway???? 🙂

Actually in the right circumstances, people doing interpretive dance has been one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

Mr Evil 12:20 pm 20 Aug 08

I must admit to being a little cynical as to the possible worth of some of these programs, but as long as none of it is spent on interpretive dance, then I’m happy for the Govt to dish a few thousand out.

I thought the 2020 Summit was supposed to solve all these youth issues anyway???? 🙂

jakez 12:05 pm 20 Aug 08

johnboy said :

A little more respect from both sides would make this discussion much more worthwhile for the rest of us.

Take that as a warning jakez. (and justbands could do with a deep breath and a count to 10 as well).

Fair enough.

jakez 12:04 pm 20 Aug 08

justbands said :

I’m not arguing with you any further jakez. I’ve spoken to JB now about your personal insults & patronising tone. I’ll leave it at that.

I’m not going to shy away from pointing out the flaws in anyones argument and I expect nothing less from anyone else to me.

I look forward to this topic returning to a rational and interesting discussion of the issues raised.

Michael Galluzo (National Youth Reconciliation Conference) and Kacey Lam (think tank) are both involved in ANU Student politics. I wonder if these programs are for ANU or are personal projects. They both sound quite interesting.

I’m not sure about the Stromlo High Cafe though. Perhaps it’s a tool to teach business skills to the students?

johnboy 11:58 am 20 Aug 08

A little more respect from both sides would make this discussion much more worthwhile for the rest of us.

Take that as a warning jakez. (and justbands could do with a deep breath and a count to 10 as well).

justbands 11:58 am 20 Aug 08

I’m not arguing with you any further jakez. I’ve spoken to JB now about your personal insults & patronising tone. I’ll leave it at that.

jakez 11:56 am 20 Aug 08

justbands said :

Don’t patronise me jakez. I’d suggest that for someone to form such a strong opinion on someone else based on one comment on an internet forum would have to be an idiot.

I love you too honey buns.

If you can ever come up with a justification for your reprehensively illogical statements, feel free to give me a call.

justbands 11:47 am 20 Aug 08

Don’t patronise me jakez. I’d suggest that for someone to form such a strong opinion on someone else based on one comment on an internet forum would have to be an idiot.

jakez 11:42 am 20 Aug 08

Overheard said :

jakez said :

Quite true. I was just using the arbitrary figure to extend the hypothetical hypothesis. (That’s either a tautlogical phrase or something to do with a triangle…)

I think you just ripped a hole in the space-time continuum.

jakez 11:41 am 20 Aug 08

justbands said :

> I believe it was a reasonable assumption about you and I haven’t had any evidence to the contrary yet.

True, true. I should have realised that one comment on RioTACT in regards to the admin costs to administer grants is now considered evidence of a blatent disregard for accounting for cost. My mistake.

& I still stand by my statement. What a wonderful world it would be when such schemes could be run without cost! When you find such a world, let me know.

You are right, I shouldn’t attack you personally. So instead I’ll simply say that your continual inability to comprehend both the meaning and lunacy of your own statement, is the height of idiocy, although I’m not calling you personally an idiot.

Thumper 11:39 am 20 Aug 08

I’d suggest $50K would be at very low end of the scale, even if it has been piggy backed onto an existing small grants programme.

But that’s the way grants go. The benefit is in the project outcomes and proponents need to justify their project in their orin=ginal applications.

If the outcomes don’t appear to deliver a positive outcome then they won’t get funded. Simply as that.

Overheard 11:36 am 20 Aug 08

jakez said :

This goes out to everyone. I think some people are starting to think that the $50k is an actual figure. It’s an arbitrary hypothetical I picked out of the air to illustrate a point. As of yet, we don’t know how much this program costs.

Quite true. I was just using the arbitrary figure to extend the hypothetical hypothesis. (That’s either a tautlogical phrase or something to do with a triangle…)

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