Children and young people funding

The wellbeing of the city’s children and young people is important to us. Porirua City has funds that organisations, and children and young people can apply to.

Young People's Fund

The wellbeing of the city’s children and young people is important to us. Porirua City has funds that organisations, and children and young people can apply for.

In 2015 we made having ‘children and young people at the centre of city decisions’ one of our strategic priorities – with strong support from the community.

In 2017 a review of our community funding saw the Council approve the launch of the Young People’s Fund in February 2018. 

The Fund allows organisations and children and young people to apply for grants that support innovative projects, with outcomes directly related to the Council’s children and young person’s strategic priority and the children and young person’s status report. 

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Making it happen

Grants to help bring your bright ideas to life

This fund is all about supporting your new ideas, activities and innovative projects.

Kids and young people – this is for you: 

Got a cool idea? 

Are you aged 0 to 24 and live in Porirua? 

You can apply for a grant of up to $500 to help make it happen. 

Organisations can apply too:

Grants of up to $3000 are available for organisations to support projects that build the capabilities of children and young people. This fund is now closed and will reopen in August 2019. 

What’s happened so far? 

We’ve helped lots of ideas come to life since launching the Making it Happen fund. Here are some of them:

  • Native fish: environmental projects to help fish migrate up Keneperu Stream, and plant trees to give them shade
  • Tree planting at schools
  • Producing Pasifika inspired clothing, with profits going to a local charity
  • Photography: a project to sell calendars showing images of Porirua
  • Baking: giving young people the chance to learn cooking skills
  • Art: designing and creating mosaic art for Bothamley Park
  • Super tens tournament
  • Bush sprouts nature programme: learning about native bush and holding community nature clean ups
  • Upgrading a school bike track

Getting you there

Grants from the Mayor to help you reach your potential and achieve your dreams.

This fund will help individuals and groups of young people reach their potential, celebrate and support their achievements, follow their dreams and develop their interests and skills.

The fund will open in early 2019. 

Making an Impact

Grants to transform wellbeing for young people through collaborations.

This fund for organisations that have a new project or idea which focuses on children and young people and clearly aligns with our Children and Young People strategic priority and issues in the Children and Young Peoples Status Report, and Snapshot Report 2017.  You can see our (Draft) Snapshot for 2018.

Two projects have been selected for funding for the next three years, so the fund is closed for now. It will reopen in 2021-22.

Those projects are:

Project Porirua

  • A collaboration between Ole Football Academy and Virtuoso Strings, with a shared vision to provide a safe space for young people who do not get the same opportunities to play, learn new skills, be physically active and have access to a healthy meal.
  • In the next three years Project Porirua plans to host up to 50 children, aged 6-10, two nights a week for 40 weeks. They will be transported there for free, get a meal and be encouraged to do homework, along with engaging in music, football lessons and other activities.

Te Roopu tiaki Rangatahi

  • A collaborative group including Wesley Community Action, Maraeroa Health Clinic, Taeoamanino Trust and the Tumai Hauora Ki Porirua Alliance.
  • The partnership is based on a shared commitment to improving the wellbeing of young people and providing them with opportunities to reach their potential.
  • A key part of the project will be establishing a youth advisory panel to help design and create the activities it will put in place. At least 200 young people are expected to benefit from the project each year.

Need help?

For more information contact our Senior Advisor Partnerships Steve Flude on (04) 237 5089 or email

Latest funding news

Making it Happen

Making it Happen for community groups

Porirua City's Making it Happen fund granted more than $15,000 to community groups last week.

16 Dec 2018
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Cash for cool ideas

If you’re a young person with a great idea Porirua City may have the funding you need to help make it happen.

24 Sep 2018
Young Peoples Fund

Funding for projects to help young people shine

The Council’s City Delivery Committee agreed to provide funding to both Project Porirua and Te Roopu tiaki Rangatahi.

6 Sep 2018