Youth Fund

Youth Fund supports youth-led projects for young people aged 12 to 24 years. Projects must help young people to contribute positively to their community through leadership, mentoring or volunteering opportunities

To support your application and to understand some of the information and terms below, we recommend you read the Youth Fund FAQs

Applications close 2:00pm 29 September.

What is Youth Fund?

Youth Fund aims to:

  • increase capability and resilience for young people through leadership, mentoring or volunteering activities, and
  • engage young people in new activities that contribute positively to their communities.
Who can apply?
  • Young people aged 12 to 24 years old (who are resident in New Zealand)

    Individuals or groups of young people aged 12 to 24 years old must be supported by a legally recognised New Zealand based organisation. This could be a business, charity, school, or some other type of organisation. To be a legally recognised organisation it must be registered on one of the several registers managed by the New Zealand Companies Office or set up under seperate legislation

  • An organisation who is working in partnership with young people for the project

    Organisations working with young people (aged 12 to 24 years old and resident in New Zealand) must be a legally recognised New Zealand based organisation. This could be a business, charity, school, or some other type of organisation. To be a legally recognised organisation it must be registered on one of the several registers managed by the New Zealand Companies Office or set up under seperate legislation.

What are the funding criteria?

The project must:

  • align to the Youth Investment Strategy and the aims of Youth Fund
  • provide opportunities for young people to participate in leadership, mentoring or volunteering activities in their community
  • support young people aged 12 to 24 years old
  • be designed and run by young people or an organisation in partnership with young people, and
  • start from 1 January 2018 and be completed by 30 June 2018.

Note: have achieved accreditation, or be able to achieve accreditation to provide youth development services for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD). To gain accreditation, organisations need to be assessed against a streamlined version of the Level 3 Social Sector Accreditation Standards, developed specifically for MYD providers. 

More information about this can be found in the FAQs section.

How are funding decisions made?

A panel of young people appointed by MYD will assess all applications against the criteria for Youth Fund. The assessors will also consider the:

  • project’s practicality, viability, value and benefits
  • level of support from young people
  • fit with government priorities
  • availability of funding (the Youth Fund is limited to a total of $200,000 excluding GST)

MYD will check that the:

  • organisations applying for, or supporting the young people have the appropriate Social Sector Accreditation Standard
  • previous history of Outcome Agreement compliance, and
  • recommended funding by the panel is between $2,000 (excluding GST) and $7,000 (excluding GST) per programme, and is no more than $200,000 (excluding GST) in total (for all projects).
What can't be funded?

MYD is unable to fund:

  • projects that have previously been funded through the Youth Fund
  • projects involving young people outside of the eligible age range (12 to 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
  • organisations not working in partnership with a young person or young people
  • contribution to current on-going costs i.e. rent or salaries
  • the purchase of capital items (for example, vehicles or computers)
  • anything that may bring MYD into disrepute.
How much is available? A total of $200,000 (excluding GST) is available for Youth Fund 2018. The funding for each project will be between $2,000 (excluding GST) and $7,000 (excluding GST).
What are the expected outcomes? At least 80% of young people who have participated in the project report increased resilience and capability through recognising or growing individual competencies or skills. This is in line with MYD’s Service Guidelines.
What are the reporting requirements?

If the application is successful a report will need to be submitted at the end of the project. The contract will confirm final reporting requirements however it will include:

The project:

  • a breakdown of how the project funds were spent
  • overall, did the project achieve what it wanted it to achieve? If not, why?
  • optional: Success or good news story.

Young people who participated in the project:

  • the number of young people that improved their capability and resilience?
  • of those that participated, how many gained skills and knowledge in those areas?
  • how many and what area (volunteering, mentoring or leadership)?
  • the number of young people who reported being satisfied with the project?
How can applications be made?

Click here to lodge your application for Youth Fund 2018.

https://myd.smartygrants.com.au/

Who can be contacted to answer questions?

Kristy Hetherington, Advisor Youth Development  

Kristy.Hetherington004@msd.govt.nz

Download the PDF version of the Youth Fund Criteria and Application Process here.

Download the PDF version of the Youth Fund FAQs here.

Approved Projects for Youth Fund 2017

The approved projects support a range of youth-led initiatives that enable more young people to access youth development opportunities with a focus on leadership, mentoring and volunteering. Download the list of approved projects below.