The Ministry spends around $7.1 million a year on a wide range of Youth Development 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.

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 such as:

  • leadership: of self, of others, and/or influence
  • mentoring: for the participant or the participant mentoring others
  • volunteering.

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.

Current funding available

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Small Communities Youth Grant Fund is available. Read more.

Useful funding information and opportunities can be found on the Generosity website and the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme

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The Prime Minister's Youth Programme is to reward and foster achievement for young people between 14 - 17 years old who have overcome adversity and made a substantial attempt to make positive life changes.

Youth in Emergency Services


The Youth in Emergency Services Project connects young people to community based volunteer emergency services through an initial orientation experience and scenario camp.

Ministry of Social Development Approvals

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

Ministry of Social Development Approvals 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 MSD and the provider’s clients can be confident in the services that are delivered.

Youth Investment Strategy

The Youth Investment Strategy sets out how the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi - will approach its work over the next three years.

Community Investment Strategy

The Youth Investment Strategy is aligned with MSD's Community Investment Strategy, which targets funding to community-based social services that help support our most vulnerable children, young people and adults.

Latest news

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See the latest announcements from our Minister on the Beehive website.

Read and subscribe to the MYD Youth Matters monthly e-newsletter.

Read and subscribe to the Community Investment Update – a newsletter for Ministry of Social Development funded providers.

Streamlined contracting with non-government organisations

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The Ministry of Social Development uses the whole of government contracting framework when purchasing outcomes/contracting with providers.

Visit the Streamlined Contracting with Non-Government Organisations website.