Young People's Fund

We support young people in our city through grants and funding programmes. But it’s not just about money – we want to support our rangatahi and tamariki as they take on challenges and learn new skills.

Young People's Fund

This fund offers grants for projects or initiatives that will have a significant impact on children and young people living in our city.

Funding tiers

There are two tiers of funding available, one for larger or long-term projects, and the other for smaller community projects.

Tier 1: Two grants available, every three years. Next applications opening 16 September 2024.

Tier 2: Five or six grants of $6000 as a one-off payment, open again in 16 September 2024.

We welcome applications from groups of young people, but you need the support of a legal organisation who will guide the project. This could be a school or a local not-for-profit group.

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We are looking for projects to support under the following focus areas.

  • Cultural identity and belonging
  • Youth programmes that focus on migrants and former refugees
  • Maori led youth programmes
  • Pacific led youth programmes

Examples of projects could include:

  • Language and culture celebrations and education
  • Creating targeted support networks and activities

  • Harbour
  • Waste reduction and minimisation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Food sustainability and education

Examples of projects could include

  • Planting projects in collaboration with existing initiatives
  • Community gardens and education
  • Cooking classes and education
  • Sustainable clothing and goods initiatives

  • Mental health initiatives and support
  • Strengthening social connections
  • Healthy and active lifestyles

Examples of projects could include

  • Youth led peer support groups
  • Exercise and training initiatives
  • Safe places and spaces to connect

How to apply

First, read the guidelines. These give you all the information you'll need for your application.

Then fill in an application form for the grant you wish to apply for:

Applications open 16 September 2024 and close on 18 October 2024.

Need help?

If you've read through all the details, and are still not sure what to apply for, or have any other questions, contact our Partnerships Advisor – Children Young People and Families, Sam Tyler email [email protected]

Young People’s Fund

Tier 2 - Small projects 2021-22

The following six applicant were successful in receiving grants for the following initiatives:

  • Aoga Amata Porirua EFKS -  to provide a nutrition based, hands on programme delivered through activities including organic gardening, visiting local gardens, preparing healthy meals, creating Pacific language songs, composting, recycling and recording experiences through video and journaling.
  • Papa Taiao Earthcare  – to provide a 30-week conservation and regeneration programme for akonga to effect change in their community based on developing their strengths and interests.
  • Nature Schools NZ Trust – to provide a child led, nature play programme for akonga nominated by Porirua East schools that aims to develop resilience, capability, leadership, risk taking and confidence through strong relationships with the environment.
  • Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira -Rangatahi trust -  to run a rangatahi-led, 2-day wananga focussed on climate change to strengthen social connections, understand cultural identity and foster a network of rangatahi.
  • Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) -to provide a youth development, adventure-based learning and environmental education programme for 14-18 year olds to develop employment skills and volunteering to the community.
  • Cannons Creek Charitable Trust (Boxing Academy) – to provide opportunities for female boxers to gain confidence, provide coaching and leadership to others and develop skills.