2021 Youth Grants launches on 12 April 2021.
Are you deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 23 years old?
Did you know you can apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help you achieve a personal goal or project?
Deaf Children Australia would like to help you spread your wings and dream big!
The stories of grant recipients will inspire other deaf or hard of hearing youth to achieve their full potential.
The successful applicants’ projects should illustrate opportunities for personal development and benefits for the Deaf, hard of hearing, or wider Australian community.
Projects can be based on:
Deaf community and Culture
Representing local, state or national teams
Details about how to apply are listed below. You never know where it will lead. Good luck!
Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants Program recognises the ideas and achievements of young deaf people from all over Australia and highlights the positive contributions that young deaf people make to society.
Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants were established in 2000 with support from our philanthropic partners. Deaf Children Australia adds to this Victorian funding to make the Youth Grants available Australia-wide.
Want to be inspired for your application? See some of our amazing Youth Grant recipients’ stories below!
Saskia was awarded a 2019 Youth Grant to attend the Australian All Schools National Athletics Competition Perth, WA from 5-8th December 2019.
Eleanor was awarded a Youth Grant in 2019 to attend ballet.
"I really enjoy going to ballet because I get to exercise and learn new skills. It is also nice because I have lots of nice friends and I enjoy hanging out with them."
Alan applied for a 2019 Youth Grant to participate in the 2019 Great Victorian Bike Ride. The Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR) was a ten days ride from Robe, South Australia to Torquay, Victoria. Over 4000 riders participated in the bike-ride.
Joshua applied for a 2019 Youth grant to assist him with his goal of gaining a plumbing apprenticeship. Joshua gained interest in his goal when he completed his year 12 VCAL. Joshua is completing his Certificate II Plumbing.
Jamie applied for a 2019 Youth Grant to attend the World Federation of the Deaf camp in Paris. This trip was a whole new experience for Jamie as Auslan is Jamie's second language and she was nervous about learning international sign language.
Kittipat was awarded a Youth Grant in 2018 to help him learn guitar. In his application, Kittipat said his goal was to learn to read music and build his confidence to play the guitar at school assemblies.
Aurora was a recipient of a 2018 Youth Grant to assist with her exciting exchange program to Colorado. This gave her the chance to pursue a lifelong dream.
Amy was a recipient of a Youth Grant in 2018 to help with her exchange trip to Japan to learn Japanese sign language and learn about the deaf community in Japan. Amy attended a school in Osaka and stayed with a family on Awaji Island.
Our 2018 Youth Grant recipients are starting to undertake their projects! We were thrilled to receive our first report recently from Lenny, whose Youth Grant enabled him to fly from far east Arnhem Land to Darwin and then onto Tasmania for the AFL National Inclusion Carnival.
“My recent trip to India was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I got the chance to truly experience a culture that is different to the one that I live in everyday. I did this trip to India as part of an Antipodeans school team.
17 year old football fan Sam attended the Melbourne City Young Leaders Week as part of the 2018 DCA Summer Holiday Program. The Young Leaders Program is an initiative set up by Melbourne City Football Club, and aims to educate and empower young people to use football as a sustainable force for social good in their communities.
Cate was awarded a Youth Grant in 2018 to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC). Cate spent ten days in Washington, DC meeting fellow Global Young leader delegates from all over the world.
Eighteen year old Rayan was born hearing but became profoundly deaf as a five year old girl, losing her ability to communicate with her hearing family. She received cochlear implants at the age of six, shortly after she arrived in Australia.
This year, for the first time the ‘Dingoes’ – the men’s under 21 Deaf Australian basketball team – was invited to attend the Deaf Basketball World Championships hosted in Washington DC.
Maddison applied for a DCA Youth Grant to do a week of work experience at the Cochlear Implant Clinic and Cochlear Care Centre in East Melbourne, observing speech pathology and audiology sessions as well as pre- and post- cochlear implant surgery patients!
Alex Kirchner received a DCA Youth Grant to attend the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, representing Australia in swimming.
“When I initially applied for the 2016 Deaf Children Australia Youth Grant, I asked for funding so that I could continue living at the University of Melbourne’s International House. I needed this funding so that I could focus on my studies and engage more within the community around me."