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.

Young people 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.

Current MYD Funding Opportunities

While there are no current MYD funding opportunities open for application at present, we encourage you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and continue to check back on this webpage, for information on any upcoming funding rounds.

He Kākano

He Kākano (a seed) is a $2 million collaboration between MYD and The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (PTNZ) to provide seed funding, mentoring support, access to shared support services, and entrepreneurial skill development to young people (aged 17 – 30 years). Information on He Kākano can be found on PTNZ’s website.

The Te Kete Aronui report and suite of resources was developed in collaboration with PTNZ. The Te Kete Aronui ecomaps, educational worksheets, case studies, and measurement frameworks are designed to give young people a set of tools to support their development and learning journey, taking the step up towards applying for He Kākano, and into the business world beyond.

F23 Funding

F23 Open Tender Funding Round Decisions have been published. Click here to find out more.

F22 Funding

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on youth providers, and increased demand for services from rangatahi, MYD has chosen not to run a contestable open tender process for F22 Funding. Instead, eligible MYD-funded providers have been offered 12-month contract extensions. A list of MYD-funded providers, including funding amount, is available here.

Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund

MYD, in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, launched the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund – Strengthening Ākonga Resilience to Achieve Better Education Outcomes (Ākonga Fund) in late 2020.

The purpose of the Ākonga 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.

More information is available on the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund webpage

Social Services Accreditation

Providers contracted by MYD 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

MYD adheres to the 'Government Rules of Sourcing' when purchasing outcomes/contracting with providers. Please visit the New Zealand Government Procurement website for more information.