The second round of the Dame Roma Mitchell grants is now open for applications.

The second round of the Dame Roma Mitchell biannual grants for 2021 opens today, providing children and young people aged under 30 who are, or have been, in care with an opportunity to share in more than $90,000.

Grants help support these children and young people to achieve personal goals, contribute to their health and wellbeing and provide development opportunities.  Applications close on September 24.

During the 2020/21 financial year alone, 208 applications worth a combined total of more than $170,000 were approved.

South Australians who received these grants used them to buy furniture, white goods and laptops, while some of the less common purchases included martial arts equipment, a sewing machine and a saxophone. Others used the funding to help cover the costs of driving lessons and post-secondary courses.

Child Protection Minister Rachel Sanderson encouraged eligible children and young people to apply.

“These State Government-funded grants are designed to empower children and young people and to help them achieve their dreams,” Ms Sanderson said.

“They are primarily accessed by young people who have transitioned to independent living to help them study and live independently and are used to provide a range of social, self-development and professional opportunities.”

The grants are also used by those living in kinship, foster and residential care.

To find out more about the grants, including eligibility, categories and the application process, visit https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/drmg