Youth Grants

Helping young people to achieve their dreams

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 23 years old, did you know you can apply each year for a grant of up to $2,500 to help you achieve a personal goal or project? Deaf Children Australia wants to help you dream big!

Applications for 2016 Youth Grants are now closed. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.

Community Benefit:

Deaf Children Australia wants the grant recipients to inspire other children and youth who are deaf to achieve their full potential. As a result, the successful applicants’ projects will reflect benefits for the wider Australian community.

Projects can be based on:

  • Personal development
  • Deaf community and Culture
  • Leadership Challenges
  • Education
  • Representing local, state or national teams
  • Life Experience

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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.The program was established in 2000 after combining two existing Trusts: the Nelson & Brook Educational Trusts with the Allen & Cecilia Tye Fund. Deaf Children Australia matches this Victorian funding dollar for dollar to make the Youth Grants available Australia-wide.

Check out some of the stories from past Youth Grant recipients to inspire you! You can view some stories below and more on the Stories for Young People page.

Borneo (4) Sarah on trek

Youth Grants - Sarah's Story

Sixteen year old Sarah Keenan applied for a Youth Grant in 2015 and had a brilliant experience on a World Challenge expedition to Borneo, featuring two treks and a community based project – and plenty of wildlife! Read about Sarah’s big adventure here.

Youth Grants - Aimee's Story

Aimee Williams is one of Deaf Children Australia’s 2014 Youth Grant recipients and Youth Ambassadors. The grant Aimee received will go towards helping her complete two TAFE courses and then progress to university so she can achieve her goal of working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Click here to read her full story.



Youth Grants - Izaac's Story

Izaac applied for a Youth Grant from Deaf Children Australia to help him realise his dream of opening a school for children with disabilities to learn riding and horsemanship. Izaac is inspiring in his determination to help other children who have similar experiences to his own. Click here to read his full story.

Youth Grants - Chelsea's Story

We were so pleased to hear many inspiring presentations from our Youth Grant recipients at Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants Award Night on 22 July. Below, one of our Youth Grant recipients, Chelsea shares her story about her trip to Montenegro to dance at the Montenegro Dance Festival. We look forward to sharing more of the Youth Grants recipients’ stories with you over the coming months. Click here to read her story in full.


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