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Young People's Fund - open now

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

Our Young People's Fund is open for applications now.

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 of $50,000 a year, for up to three years.

Tier 2: Five or six grants of $6000 as a one-off payment

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:

  • Tier 1 - for larger or long-term projects
  • Tier 2 - for smaller projects

Applications close 10 December 2021.

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 McCarthy email