Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi, in partnership with the Ministry of Education(MoE) – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, launched the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund – Strengthening Ākonga Resilience to Achieve Better Education Outcomes (Ākonga Fund) in late 2020.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Ākonga Fund Request for Proposals closed at 5.00pm on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

Ākonga Fund Evaluation Report

The Ākonga Fund Evaluation Report was developed to support the evaluation of the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund. The report includes relevant evidence (including best practice) to support how Ākonga Fund youth development programmes have enabled ākonga to:

  • develop stronger connections with whānau, iwi, community, and other support services including schools, health, and youth services
  • use these stronger connections to increase their engagement in learning and/or improve future aspirations (e.g., ākonga have transitioned to further training or employment).

Download the report here.

Funding Decisions

The Ākonga Fund was extended for a further calendar year, from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023. A table detailing the funding decisions for the Ākonga Fund covering the 2021, 2022, and 2023 calendar years is available here.

Progress of the Ākonga Fund

This section will be updated shortly.