Youth Fund

Approved projects for the Youth Fund 2017 have been announced by the Acting Minister for Youth, Anne Tolley.

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.

Youth Fund Information

It’s called the 'Youth Fund' because we want applications to come from young people. A panel of young people will assess the 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 2017 for:

Youth Fund 2017 is for projects and activities that are

  • led by young people (aged 12 to 24 years old) or designed and led by youth organisations in partnership with young people
  • enable young people to participate in volunteering, mentoring and leadership youth development opportunities
  • that assist young people to positively contribute to their communities.

Youth Fund 2017 criteria:

Projects need to:

  • provide youth development opportunities for more young people to take part in volunteering, mentoring and/or leadership
  • engage young people in activities that contribute to their communities
  • increase young people’s resilience and capability
  • benefit young people aged 12 to 24 years old
  • start from 1 January 2017 and be completed by 30 June 2017.

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.

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?

All submitted applications will be assessed by young people who will be supported by the Ministry of Youth Development against:

  • alignment to the funding criteria
  • effective youth development practices
  • the project’s practicality, viability, value and benefits.

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

The funding panel may also consider additional factors including:

  • the level of support from young people
  • fit with government priorities
  • value for money
  • previous history of Outcome Agreement compliance
  • The availability of funding.

Please do not submit any additional and/or supporting information as this will be excluded from the panel assessment process.

The youth funding panel 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:

  • the number of young people who gained volunteering, mentoring and leadership youth development opportunities
  • the number of young people who participated in volunteering, mentoring and leadership activity including the number of hours in that activity
  • the number of young people who gained new skills and knowledge from the project
  • the number of young people who improved personal and social skills
  • the number of young people who reported being satisfied with the project or activity
  • a breakdown of how project funds were spent.

If you have any questions:

Please contact:


Phone: (04) 916 3300 or freephone 0508 FOR MYD (367 693)

How to apply?

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

Closing date:

Applications close 12pm (midday) on 18 November 2016. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.