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By ERIN SOMERVILLE

YOUNG professionals are being offered incentives to stay on the Border through the help of a newly-launched grant.
Border Trust and Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to announce the inaugural ‘Good for Business l Good for Community Young Business Leader’ grant to encourage emerging young business leaders to continue to live, work or study in the region.
The grants are aimed to help emerging leaders develop their skill sets through a variety of measures, from workplace training, mentoring, leadership programs, education, and other needs young people in business may have to get ahead.
With around 60 per cent of young regional professionals moving to the city, the local business sector has highlighted the need to continue attracting young workers.
“What we’d like to do is keep our young people local, but if they do choose to go and work in the cities make sure they do come back for their next step in their lives,” Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce manager Kathie Heyman said.
Organisers are open to hearing different and unique ideas from applicants on how the grant money can be put to use to develop young professionals on the Border.
“We recognise we have a fantastic pool of young professional and emerging leaders in the region who may need just a small hand-up to help them take their professional life or studies to the next level,” Ms Heyman said.
The grant comes after the Chamber and Border Trust, which receives regular requests to provide donations, wanted a way to direct their donations towards a specific area of identified need in the local community.
To kickstart the program, the 2015 Corporate Challenge will raise funds to support projects focusing on young business leaders.
This will also see $10 of new chamber members’ fees directed to the Border Trust to help fund the grants. All money will stay in the local community.
To be eligible for consideration of a Good for Business l Good for Community grant, applicants must reside in Albury Wodonga, be aged between 18-35 years old, and are welcome from young business professionals or third and fourth year university and TAFE students.
The maximum amount for an individual grant is $2000.
Application forms and further information can be obtained via the Border Trust website at www.bordertrust.org.au or on (02) 6051 3349.
Applications close 30 September.

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