Youth Fund

It’s called the 'Youth Fund' because we want applications to come from young people. We have regional panels of young people (called the youth funding panel) who will assess submitted applications and make the recommendations on which projects should and should not be funded.

If you are a young person, a group of young people or an organisation that works in partnership with young people, and you have a great project idea that young people will benefit from, then have a look at the attached application form.

What is the Youth Fund 2016 for:

Youth Fund 2016 is for:

Projects and activities led by young people (aged 12 to 24 years old) that assist them to develop skills and knowledge in decision-making and leadership and/or positively contributing to their communities.


Projects and activities, designed and led by youth organisations in partnership with young people, that assist young people to develop skills and knowledge in decision making and leadership and/or positively contribute to their communities.

Youth Fund 2016 criteria:

Projects need to:

  • develop young people’s skills and knowledge in decision-making and leadership
  • involve young people in decision-making and taking leadership responsibility
  • respond to a need in the community identified by young people
  • support young people to be engaged in and contribute to their community
  • benefit young people aged 12 to 24 years old
  • start from 1 January 2016 and be completed by 30 June 2016.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals or groups of young people aged 12 to 24 years old who have the support of a legal entity (for example a school or youth organisation) which will hold the fund in its bank account.
  • Organisations working in partnership with young people.
  • All young people directly involved in the completion of this application need to be current Aotearoa Youth Voices members (visit the AYV sign up page).

Note: Organisations supporting young people or applying for funding need to be a legal entity, e.g. an incorporated society or charitable trust (and registered with the Companies Office).

How much is available?

The funding available for each project will be between $2,000 (GST exclusive) and $7,000 (GST exclusive).

Can applicants submit more than one application?

No, the Ministry will only accept one application, to the maximum funding amount ($7,000) allowable per applicant (either young people, with the support of a legal entity or organisation working in partnership with young people).

What we cannot fund:

  • projects that have previously been funded through the Youth Fund
  • projects involving young people below the age of 12 years or over the age of 24 years
  • projects that have already been started or completed
  • overseas and domestic air travel
  • sponsorship of an individual e.g. to attend conferences
  • young people without the support of a legal entity
  • contribution to current on-going costs i.e. rent or salaries
  • the purchase of capital items (for example, vehicles and computers).

How the funding decisions are made?

Funding applications will be assessed by a youth funding panel. Youth funding panels are young people trained in funding decision-making and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development.

If your application meets the criteria for the fund and the panel requires more information regarding your application, a panel member may contact you.

Youth funding panels will make funding recommendations to the Ministry of Youth Development for approval.

Reporting requirements:

If your application is successful in receiving funding you will need to submit a final report at the conclusion of your project that includes:

  • number of young people who gained decision-making and leadership skills
  • number of young people who participated in voluntary activity including the number of hours in that activity
  • number of young people who gained new skills and knowledge from the project
  • number of young people who improved personal and social skills
  • a list of any equipment purchased with project funds
  • a breakdown of how project funds were spent.

If you have any questions:

If you have any questions please contact Justine Johansson on 04 910 9887.

How to apply?

To apply for the fund please complete the funding application form and email it to:

Closing date:

The applications are now closed.