Grants totalling more than $81,000 will support 12 innovative projects to develop skills in young Western Australians and connect them to their communities.

The Department of Communities' Youth Engagement Grants Program has released its third round of recipients for 2017/18. The program provides grants of up to $10,000 to local governments and community service organisations.

Successful projects for round three include the Children of the Country – Silo Trail, an art competition run by the Shire of Perenjori who received $9,000. Winners will have their artwork projected onto grain silos in the local area.

The Six Noongar Seasons Outdoor Youth Activity Program, run by the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Council, received $4,950 to help young Aboriginal people connect with the land and explore their cultural identity.

The WA Community Change Group Inc. will use $5,000 to run a DRUMBEAT program to engage with children and young people who are resistant to talk-based communication. The fun program uses analogies and metaphors to teach them how to have healthy relationships and reduce social isolation.

Applications to the grants program are open until 31 December 2018.

Applicants must submit projects that will engage young people aged 10–18 years in creative ways to build skills such as leadership, communication and working in a team. Each project also needs to achieve positive outcomes for their community, such as making young people feel connected and safe.

The full list of round three recipients is available online.