Grants for young people

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants and the Wyatt Trust Fund offer grants to young people. You can also find about grants for individuals through GRANTassist.

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants provide opportunities for eligible children and young people who are, or have been, under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or Minister for Child Protection in South Australia for at least one full year to:

  • achieve personal goals
  • contribute to health and wellbeing
  • provide developmental opportunities.

There are two funding rounds held each year. The first funding round is held in January/February, and the second funding round is held in August/September.

Funding rounds

The second round for 2021 closed 24 September.

Application forms are available on the Department for Child Protection website.

Please read the grant program guidelines for essential information regarding the grant program.

For grants related to further education, applications will be considered outside the normal grant rounds. Please contact the Executive Officer for further information.

Grant eligibility

You are eligible to apply if:

  • you are, or have been, under the guardianship of the Chief Executive (under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017) or under the guardianship of the Minister for Child Protection (under the Children’s Protection Act 1993) or previous equivalent in South Australia) for at least one full year

OR

  • alternatively, you may be eligible, if you are a child/young person from a remote Aboriginal community who is/was placed in the long-term care of relatives under family care agreements, financially supported on a regular basis by the Department for Child Protection (or a previous equivalent) for a combined total of at least one year

AND

  • you are under 30 years of age, at the closing date of the funding round.

Grant categories

Dame Roma Mitchell Grants are available in the following categories.

Achieving personal goals

These grants provide a range of social, recreational and self-development opportunities. Previous grants have been awarded for:

  • musical instruments
  • attendance at workshops
  • art materials
  • sporting equipment.

Health and wellbeing

Grants have been awarded to support independence, identity and health such as:

  • driving lessons
  • essential basic furniture and household items
  • counselling
  • health services or equipment not covered by existing government funding.

Developmental opportunities

Grants can support young people to re-engage in learning or earning to successfully achieve educational or vocational outcomes. Previous grants have provided:

  • pre-vocational courses
  • computers and software to assist with study and gaining employment
  • textbooks
  • business expenses
  • study opportunities, workshops and conferences
  • tools for apprenticeships.

How to apply

There are two funding rounds each year. The first funding round is held in January/February, and the second funding round is held in August/September.

Application forms are available on the Department for Child Protection website.

Further education grants

Further education grants are available for post-secondary educational costs and associated expenses.

Applications will be considered outside the normal grant rounds. Contact the Executive Officer for further information.

Grant program management

The Trust funds are managed by the Public Trustee, with the operational support provided by the Department for Child Protection.

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants are governed by a Board who reports to the Minister for Child Protection. All Board members are volunteers and receive no remuneration.

Board members come from a variety of backgrounds including young people who have been in the care system.

Supporting the Dame Roma Mitchell grants

You can support the Dame Roma Mitchell grants by:

  • participating in a workplace giving program
  • making a tax deductible donation.

Contact Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

The Executive Officer
Dame Roma Mitchell Grants
Department for Child Protection
Email: dcpdrmtrust@sa.gov.au
Phone: 1300 650 971

Other grants

GRANTassist

Information about South Australian government grants for communities, clubs and individuals.

Wyatt Trust Fund

The Wyatt Trust Fund provides financial assistance and education grants.

Phone - 8224 0074


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Page last updated 16 September 2021

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