The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – spends around $8.562 million (excluding the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund) 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.

Rangatahi have been faced with many challenges as a result of an unprecedented global pandemic. The Youth Plan sets out actions that government will take, in partnership with others, to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 for rangatahi. It aims to ensure they have a say in decisions about recovery, to support the wellbeing of rangatahi and their whānau, to enable rangatahi leadership, and to drive transformative change.

MYD funding will seek to support rangatahi as we collectively rebuild and recover from COVID-19.

F22 Funding

MYD will conduct an open tender to invest funding which will launch in early 2021, for funding beginning 01 July 2021. The open tender will support a transparent and competitive procurement approach. Comprehensive information outlining the desired outcomes and core assessment criteria will be made available here to support the tender process.

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

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.