The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – spends around $8.253 million a year on a wide range of youth development and youth enterprise initiatives. We fund organisations that employ a youth development approach which supports the wellbeing of young people (aged 12 to 24 years) in Aotearoa New Zealand so that they are able to succeed in, contribute to, and enjoy life.

Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund

MYD, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, has launched the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund – Strengthening Ākonga Resilience to Achieve Better Education Outcomes (the Fund).

The purpose of the Fund is to support community-based youth development programmes delivered outside of traditional education settings (e.g. schools) to support ākonga/learners (aged 12 to 21 years) who have been adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic to stay engaged in their education journey.

Open for applications until 12 January 2021, there is a total of approximately $7.8m contestable funding available which is time-limited for two academic years (i.e. 2021 and 2022) only. More information, including desired outcomes, eligibility criteria and how to submit a proposal, is available on the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund webpage

Current Funding

In 2018, we reviewed our priorities for funding from 01 July 2019 onwards. We did this to ensure MYD is working to support the Government’s focus on wellbeing and to bring a strengths-based focus on equity to this work. 

We know that some young people don’t have equal opportunities to fulfil their potential and actively participate in their communities. We want to level the playing field so that all young people are empowered to live the kinds of lives they value. 

We are bringing a particular focus to supporting rangatahi Māori, Pacific young people, Rainbow young people, young people with disabilities, young women, young people living in the regions, and young people from ethnic communities, in particular those from a refugee and migrant background.

Youth Development Funding supports the wellbeing of young people (12 to 24 years) in Aotearoa via a youth development approach. This is funding for programmes and services that address the holistic wellbeing of young people, and emphasise identity, belonging and connectedness. Applications are now closed. More information is available on the Current Funding page.

Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Funding supports strengths-based enterprise education and skills development initiatives that help prepare young people for the future work environment. Applications are now closed. More information is available on the Current Funding page.

Previous Funding

Applications for funding for the current financial year 01 July 2018 to 31 July 2019 are now closed. Visit the Previous Funding page for a list of the projects we funded in this round. You can also access a table detailing committed multi-year funding through to 30 June 2020.

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.