Applications are now closed.

Applications for 2023–24 Targeted Responses to Youth Crime grants (formerly Community Partnership Innovation Grants) closed on Wednesday 14 February 2024. Explore our Crime Prevention Grants page to learn more about our range of Youth Justice grants.

With up to $2.5 million in funds available for communities across Queensland, one-off grants (of up to $300,000) are available for new ideas and projects that support young people who are, or could become, serious repeat offenders, to change their behaviours and improve community connection.

The Targeted Responses to Youth Crime grants will support change-oriented and intensive responses that:

  • address predictors of youth offending thinking and behaviour
  • support family and community to address and manage the varied, and often complex, causes of offending behaviours
  • target the unique issues being experienced by local communities
  • are designed in partnership with the local community.

What we are looking for

An idea community proposal will include:

  • a targeted engagement of individuals and groups generally aged 10 to 17 years old
  • a new idea or concept that has not already been tried or is building on a project or initiative that is already working in your community. It should have measurable impact against the Working Together Changing the Story: Youth Justice Strategy 2019–23
  • a response to local youth crime matters in your community including how you engaged with community, who you met with, their concerns and how the idea/project will address these concerns. Find tips on engaging with your community below
  • a demonstration of culturally safe and local partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • a demonstration of how your idea/project addresses the causes of youth crime and delivers positive outcomes for young people who are, or at risk of, committing crime
  • a performance and outcomes measure that reflects the needs and aspirations of young people in the community.

Projects must commence from 2024.

Engaging with your community

Tips of partnering with your local community:

  • raise awareness among your community and stakeholders about the grants and your plans to be involved
  • talk to your community and stakeholders about their youth justice concerns
  • identify your community's aspirations for young people
  • identify new partnerships and key organisations in your local area who can help deliver positive outcomes for young people
  • involve and work with your community and stakeholders, including young people, on an innovative proposal that addresses the community-agreed issues and meets the needs of young people.

Applications process

Applications for 2023–24 grants closed on Wednesday 14 February 2024.

To ensure fairness, applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted after the closing date.

  1. Read the Targeted Responses to Youth Crime program information and grant guidelines (PDF, 447KB) carefully to determine your eligibility and whether your application meets the relevant program funding guidelines.
  2. Consult with your community and engage local stakeholders to develop your proposal. You will need to include the following information:
    1. who you met with and how you engaged with your community to understand what they feel needs to happen to respond to youth crime issues
    2. what the localised concerns are from your community engagement
    3. how your idea/project will address the concerns identified by the community
    4. who will be involved in the delivery of your response (provide evidence of their commitment, if possible)
    5. demonstration of culturally safe and localised partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
  3. Complete and submit your application online through SmartyGrants.

Apply now

You will receive an acknowledgement email from SmartyGrants once you submit your application. If you don't receive an acknowledgement email, your application has not been submitted. Check your application for errors and resubmit. If your application still doesn't submit, contact SmartyGrants Technical Support—contact details are in the program information and grant guidelines (PDF, 447KB).

The SmartyGrants system will automatically shut off at midnight on the closing dates of each quarter and will not allow applications to be submitted.


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Successful 2022–23 grant recipients

Find out the successful 2022–23 recipients of the (previously named) Community Partnerships Innovation grants.

Lutheran Community Care

Targeted holistic complex case coordination and intensive case management for at-risk, vulnerable young people displaying offending behaviours. This project will target the underlying causes of criminal behaviours, focusing on social and emotional wellbeing.

Location: Moreton Bay

Beyond DV

Holistic early intervention to young people affected by domestic and family violence, with the goal of reducing the impact of trauma and minimising the likelihood they will engage in criminal activity.

Location: Brisbane

Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation

A neuroscience-informed program for Aboriginal 10 to 18-year-olds on bail in the Inala area whose needs cannot be met by mainstream or alternative education and training programs.

Location: Inala


An after-hours outreach and mentoring program in Earlville and Edmonton. It includes transportation to return young people home, and referrals for young people to connect them with existing cultural programs and key agencies.

Location: Cairns

Australian Training Works Group

An Indigenous group training organisation that provides work readiness courses and builds young people’s skills for the workplace, such as communication, teamwork and other interpersonal skills.

Location: Cairns

Queensland Youth Services

The Proud Warrior project will provide multi-agency intervention for primarily Indigenous young people who are at risk of disengaging from school, young people from low socio-economic households, and cases where young people are known, or their family is known, to police.

Location: Townsville

Save the Children (trading as 54 Reasons)

The Back to Community reintegration program will provide trauma-informed, culturally responsive throughcare support for young people whose home country is Mount Isa, Doomadgee or Mornington Island when leaving the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.

Location: Mount Isa

Marigurim Yalaam Indigenous Corporation

A Rites of Passage framework which includes intensive support for young people over 6 weeks before attending a Rites of Passage camp, followed by another 6 weeks of assistance.

Location: Hervey Bay

Youth off the Streets

Targeted and evidence-based interventions which caters for 2 main groups – young people leaving detention and returning to the community, and young people who need to re-engage with education. Cultural groups in Logan who will benefit from the program include First Nations, Pasifika and African communities.

Location: Logan

Circuit Breaker Project, Adam Jeffrey Wenitong

An intensive 30-week immediate response for re-offending young people, including a 7-month cultural project that will provide cultural mentoring and connection to the First Nations community.

Location: Toowoomba

Youth at Risk, Raw Impact International

Cultural connection over an intensive period of 7 weeks for at-risk young people, with the option of ongoing engagement in meaningful cultural activities and projects that support the rejuvenation of native title land at the Yumba.

Location: Toowoomba

Winangali Infusion

‘The Block’ provides young people in Goondiwindi, and in the New South Wales border towns of Boggabila and Toomelah with a safe and supervised community hub for pro-social opportunities, cultural education, recreational activities and more.

Location: Goondiwindi

Successful 2021–22 grant recipients

Read about the successful 2021–22 recipients of the (previously named) Community Partnerships Innovation grants.

Community Helping Adolescents with New Growth and Endeavours (CHANGE) – CatholicCare Social Service in partnership with Emerge, Good Samaritan College, Bunya Peoples Aboriginal Corporation and Raw Impact
This project brings together the capabilities of 5 experienced local organisations to deliver wrap-around interventions to support 12 to 17-year-olds who are at risk of becoming entrenched in the justice system. Young people will be assisted with housing, mentoring, education, skill-development, employment, sporting and cultural activities.
Location: Toowoomba

Deterring Drivers program – Dr Shannon Dodd, Australian Catholic University (in partnership)
This project aims to prevent young people stealing cars for joyriding. It will be designed and implemented by researchers and local businesses with expertise in criminology, policing, health and road safety. It will address the dangers of joyriding, while giving participants skills and introducing other activities as an alternative to driving.
Location: Townsville

Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline – Dr Grace O 'Brien, Queensland University of Technology in partnership with Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation
This project will provide young First Nations people who have been released from youth detention or are a high risk of re-offending with culturally responsive and culturally safe support, education and training opportunities to positively re-engage them with community and reduce recidivism.
Location: Moreton Bay

Elders Cautioning Program pilot – Dr Paul Harnett, Griffith University in partnership with the Inala Elders Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
This pilot project will divert young people at high risk of offending away from statutory youth justice involvement. Elders, or respected community members, will conduct cautions based on police referrals and will work closely with mental health practitioners to provide support for young people and their families.
Location: Brisbane

KOKO Pasifika Youth Holistic Hub – Village Connect LTD
This project will be the first culturally safe integrated services response for Pasifika young people in Queensland. It will establish wrap-around supports for young people who are offending and their families.
Location: Logan

Overnight On Country Healing Camps – Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation
This project uses interventions that can happen at very short notice to provide cultural and one-on-one support needed to prevent young people from re-offending when they are most vulnerable, that is in the 72 hours after exiting detention.
Location: Cairns

Transition to Community – Fearless Towards Success
This project is an intensive 6-month support and training program for young people leaving youth detention. Young people will gain independent living and employability skills to help them successfully join community. The program can integrate with 72-hours post-release plans for young people.
Location: Ipswich

Youth Advocate Program – Life Without Barriers
This project, the Youth Advocate Program, is an evidence-informed intervention that has demonstrated successful outcomes overseas with young people at high risk of re-offending. This is the first trial of the program in Queensland. Young people will be supported by a youth advocate 15 hours per week for up to 9 months to learn the skills to change behaviours, learn independence and restore positive relationships.
Location: Gold Coast

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