Grants open for Children’s Week events


A week of free community events is coming as the state government looks to celebrate Children’s Week later this year.

Eligible organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $1000 to help them host fun activities and events for children and families during Children’s Week to be held later this year

The grants support free events or activities such as storytelling, art exhibitions, dance workshops, cooking sessions, musical performances, picnics and outdoor or messy play.

This year’s theme is Children have the right to a clean and safe environment, based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children’s Week is a national campaign that celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It showcases their achievements while providing educational experiences for them and their families.

More than 45,000 children and families took part in Children’s Week activities across the state in 2023, with more than 200 events made possible through grant funding.

During Children’s Week, community organisations, sports clubs, neighbourhood associations and local councils organise a variety of events, including open days, special events, displays and online activities.

Children Minister Lizzie Blandthorn said the week is the perfect time to celebrate the brightest children in the community.

“Children’s Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the talent, skills and achievements of Victoria’s children while providing free and engaging activities for them and their families,” she said.

“These grants will help local organisations host fun and exciting events that celebrate children, childhood and learning through play.”

Applications for Children’s Week grants close on June 16.

Children’s Week runs from Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 27 2024.