Partnership Fund

A key aspect of the direction for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is the establishment of partnerships with the business and philanthropic sectors, iwi and other government organisations to collectively engage with and collaborate to support an increase in quality youth development opportunities.

Ministry of Youth Development Focus

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) will identify youth development initiatives for young people aged 12 to 24 years that assist them to increase their capability and resilience and support them to participate and contribute confidently in their communities. Youth development opportunities will focus on:

  • 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

Partnership Fund - General

Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye has committed $1 million to the Partnership Fund - General in 2017/2018.

A key criteria for the Partnership Fund - General is that there is an identified partnership, with one or more funder (in addition to Partnership Fund - General support), leading to increased youth development opportunities for more young people.

The Partnership Fund - General is not a contestable fund and does not accept applications for funding.

Partnership Fund - Local Government

Overview

In June 2017, Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye approved an investment of up to $280,000 to support one-off projects and initiatives providing youth development opportunities for young people in New Zealand in partnership with local government. 

The Partnership Fund - Local Government recognises MYD’s relationship with Territorial Authorities (City and District Councils) (TA) and regional councils to develop young New Zealanders.

TAs have extensive networks with young people, local businesses and NGOs. This fund will enable MYD to partner with TAs to reach and offer more young people volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities. As a result it will build more young peoples’ capability and resilience and, through partnering with TAs, it enables MYD to do this in a fashion that is responsive to emerging needs and opportunities for young people.

MYD will provide funding for projects or initiatives that support young people aged 12 to 24, to build their capability and resilience through leadership, volunteering or mentoring opportunities.

MYD encourages and supports young people to develop and use knowledge, skills and experience to participate confidently in their communities.The Partnership Fund aims to increase the number and quality of youth development opportunities that are available to young people through co-investment and support of in-kind partnerships between business and philanthropic sectors, iwi, other government organisations and MYD.

The Partnership Fund Board seeks to engage in partnerships between central and local government that will achieve more quality youth development opportunities for young people.

You will be required to demonstrate your commitment to the partnership approach through contributing either monetary or in-kind support for the proposed youth development initiatives.

You can read the Partnership Fund - Local Government FAQs here.

Applications for 2017 open on Thursday 20 July and close on Friday 11 August at 5pm.

Applications are now closed.

Partnership Fund - Enterprise

Overview

In June 2017, Minister for Youth Nikki Kaye approved an investment of $2million over four years for partnerships supporting youth enterprise initiatives.

The purpose of this fund is to support enterprise initiatives, in partnership with government, business, philanthropic and iwi partners aimed specifically at generating opportunities, which enable young people to develop entrepreneurial skills through focused business and enterprise initiatives.

New Zealand registered organisations with confirmed partner funding (either cash and/or in-kind support) for youth enterprise initiatives that will assist young people to develop entrepreneurial skills, may be eligible for funding through the Partnership Fund – Enterprise.

Criteria

A key criteria for the Partnership Fund - Enterprise is that there is an identified partnership, with one or more funders, leading to increased youth development opportunities for more young people.

The Partnership Fund Board is seeking to support youth enterprise initiatives which can demonstrate a number of the following criteria:

  • Partner investment, including cash and/or in-kind support
  • Building young people’s resilience and confidence through youth-focused business and enterprise initiatives
  • Developing young people’s entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and aptitude
  • Increasing availability of targeted opportunities which support young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop business initiatives
  • Extending the number of business and enterprise focused youth development opportunities
  • Providing value for money
  • Benefitting young people aged 12 to 24 years old
  • Alignment with MYD’s investment strategy

Application Process

The Partnerships team will be investigating and making direct approaches to existing community partners, and other funders or potential partners, to support youth enterprise initiatives.

If you are a New Zealand registered organisation and have confirmed partner funding (either cash and/or in-kind support) for a youth enterprise initiative that will assist young people to develop entrepreneurial skills, then you may be eligible for funding through the Partnership Fund – Enterprise. If you think this fund may be suitable for you, please call Melanie Crawford on 04 931 2395 or email partnershipfund@myd.govt.nz for an initial discussion.

Applications to the Youth Enterprise Fund – Programmes and Services (information on this Fund will be uploaded soon) will also be reviewed by the Partnerships team. If suitable, applicants may be contacted to discuss the potential for alternative options for funding through the Partnership Fund – Enterprise funding stream.

The Partnership Fund – Enterprise funding stream remains open all year round, or until the fund is fully committed.

Selection Process

The Partnership Fund Board supports the development of partnerships to increase youth development opportunities, to increase information sharing, collaboration and co-investment.

The Board will make investment decisions about the Partnership Fund – Enterprise. Proposals for funding are approved by the Board. The Board meets four times per year to consider proposals for initiatives.

For more information about the Partnership Fund – Enterprise, please contact Melanie Crawford; partnershipfund@myd.govt.nz or 04 931 2395.

You can read the Partnership Fund - Enterprise FAQs here.

Partnership Fund Board

The Partnership Fund Board supports the development of partnerships to increase youth development opportunities, to increase information sharing, collaboration and co-investment and will make investment decisions about the Partnership Fund.

To read more about the Board members, visit the Partnership Fund Board page.

Partnerships Team

The role of the partnerships team is to explore potential partnerships. The team submits partnership proposals to the Board for consideration, and then implements and manages the ongoing relationships.

For more information about the Partnership Fund, please email partnershipfund@myd.govt.nz.