Partnership Fund

A priority for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is the establishment of partnerships with business and philanthropic organisations, iwi, government and other funders to collectively engage and collaborate in order to support quality youth development opportunities.

Ministry of Youth Development

The Ministry of Youth Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi - encourages and supports the use of a positive youth development approach to help support all young people, aged between 12 and 24 years old, to increase their overall wellbeing so that they are better able to succeed in, contribute to and enjoy life. It also supports the broader youth sector and promotes a better understanding of how best to support and empower young people.

Partnership Fund

A key criterion for the Partnership Fund is that there is an identified partnership with matched funding from one or more funders to support youth development opportunities. Our vision is for partnership across sectors to enable the achievement of greater and better results.

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 will be bringing a particular focus to supporting rangatahi Māori, Pacific young people, Rainbow¹ young people, young people with disabilities, young women, young people living in the regions², and young people from ethnic communities, in particular those from a refugee and migrant background.

We support programmes that contribute to the wellbeing outcomes for young people. These will vary for different young people and in different communities, but general youth wellbeing outcomes listed below are expected to be present in all programmes considered:

  • Young people have a sense of belonging, they feel connected to communities.
  • Young people are able to explore their culture and identity and feel positive about who they are.
  • Young people have a sense of contributing to society; their opinions are listened to and valued.
  • Young people understand their strengths; they feel equipped to deal with adversity or change.

The Partnership Fund is not a contestable fund and does not accept applications for funding. If you have a partnership proposal for consideration that meets the key criteria above, please contact MYD welcomes discussions with other organisations that are investing in the development of young people.

¹ We use the term 'Rainbow' to include all people under the sex, sexuality and gender diversity umbrellas.
² 'The regions' refers to non-urban, rural and often isolated regions across Aotearoa New Zealand.


Partnership Fund Board

The Partnership Fund Board is appointed by the Minister for Youth, and supports the development of partnerships to provide quality youth development opportunities, and to increase information sharing, collaboration and co-investment. The Board makes investment decisions through the Partnership Fund and meets at least four times per year. Board members are appointed for a term of two years.

To read more about the current Board members, visit the Partnership Fund Board page.

Partnerships Team

The role of the MYD Partnerships team is to explore potential partnerships with businesses and philanthropic groups, iwi and other government agencies to collectively engage with and collaborate to support quality youth development opportunities. The team submits partnership proposals to the Partnership Fund Board for consideration, and then implements and manages the ongoing relationships.

For more information about the Partnership Fund, please email