The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) - Te ManatÅ« Whakahiato Taiohi – spends around $8.253 million a year on a wide range of youth development and enterprise opportunities. We provide funding for community-based services to support young people, aged 12 to 24, to develop and use knowledge, skills and experiences to participate confidently in their communities.

Current Funding

Applications for funding for the current financial year 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2019 are now closed. Visit the Current Funding page for a list of the projects we funded in this round.

Future Funding

We are reviewing our funding priorities for 1 July 2019 onwards. For more information, visit the Future Funding page.

Youth Development

Youth development refers to activities and programmes designed to build the capability and resilience of young people aged between 12 and 24 years.

A youth development opportunity refers to a place on or participation in a youth development programme for an identifiable participant. The focus is on opportunities in areas such as:

  • leadership: young people participating in and leading, initiatives and decision making processes
  • mentoring: young people supported to develop skills to achieve goals through mentoring relationships with adults and peers
  • volunteering: young people contributing time, service and skills in their community
  • enterprise: aimed specifically at enabling young people to develop entrepreneurial skills through focused business and enterprise initiatives
  • wellbeing: championing and supporting the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of young people.

What does building capability and resilience mean?

Building capability refers to those competencies or skills that people require to live and participate in their communities. Those competencies or skills include:

  • thinking
  • communication
  • managing self
  • relating to others
  • participating and contributing.

Building resilience refers to young people strengthening their personal identity and sense of self-worth, through managing change and loss, and through engaging in processes for responsible decision making.

They learn to demonstrate empathy, and develop skills that enhance relationships. It includes recognising or growing individual strengths such as optimism, self-esteem, good problem solving skills and personal supports. Resilience is enhanced with supportive connections.


Enterprise opportunities are focused on better preparing young people for the future work environment through delivering education and skills development in the areas of entrepreneurship, business acumen, information and digital technologies, leadership roles and career aspirations. By developing enterprise skills, rangatahi are developing skills and attributes such as:

  • Negotiation and influence
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Basic financial literacy
  • Business skills (e.g. budgeting, marketing)
  • Teamwork

Social Services Accreditation

Providers contracted by the Ministry of Youth Development must have the capability and capacity to deliver quality social services on an on-going basis.

Social Services Accreditation assesses organisations, often under legislation, against a set of standards at a level that reflects the type of services they deliver. This means that both the Government and the provider’s clients can be confident in the services that are delivered.

New Zealand Government Procurement

The Ministry of Youth Development adheres to the 'Government Rules of Sourcing' when purchasing outcomes/contracting with providers. Please visit the New Zealand Government Procurement website for more information.