Making it happen

Can we help you make it happen?

Individual applications

If you have a bright idea you can apply for a grant of up to $500 to help make it happen. But it’s not just about money – we want to support you as you take on challenges and learn new skills.

Things you need to know

  • You should hear back about an outcome of your application within a month. If we have any questions, we'll get in touch!
  • There are no open and close dates for this grant - we just close when all the funds have been allocated. If this happens, we'll update this page.

Who can apply?

If you’re aged 25 and younger, and live in the Porirua City, then it’s for you. You can apply on your own or as a group of young people.

What’s the criteria?

Basically, your project has to be one that does something good for children and young people. This fund is all about supporting new ideas, activities and innovative projects. We will be looking at:

  • how the project develops young people’s skills and knowledge
  • how the project addresses an issue or concern that is important to children and young    people
  • how the project benefits the community and environment
  • who else is involved in the project to help make it successful

What do we fund?

We’ve supported heaps of different projects over the past couple of years. To give you some ideas, here are some of the cool projects that have gotten grants so far:

  • 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

What’s unlikely to be funded?

  • Things that have already happened
  • Projects that promote religious, ethical, commercial or political views
  • Travel costs (unless they can be shown to be a vital component of children and young      people engaging in the idea/project)
  • Projects involving people over the age of 25.
  • Projects that don’t benefit young people living in Porirua

Organisations

We want to support local organisations to be able to work on projects that build capabilities of children and young people. Grants of up to $3000 are available. 

Things you need to know

  • Due to the timing of Council elections towards the end of 2019, decisions will not be made on applications until our brand new Grants, Awards and Events Sub-committee meets in February 2020. We've decided to keep this fund open over the Christmas break so everyone has the chance to apply for their projects in the new year . This fund will close on Tuesday 21 January 2020.

  • Your application will go through a process, which will include being assessed by a group of young people. The final decision will be made by our Grants, Awards and Events subcommittee. We’ll be in touch with you throughout the process if we have any questions about your application.

How are applications assessed?

Your application will go through a process, which will include being assessed by a group of young people. The final decision will be made by our Grants, Awards and Events subcommittee. We’ll be in touch with you throughout the process if we have any questions about your application. 

When we assess your application, we’ll be looking at things like:

  •  How young people have helped develop your idea and how they will work with you throughout the project.
  • Your overall experience working with young people
  • How many young people will be reached and how the project will empower them

What sort of projects do we fund?

To give you an idea, here's some projects that we've funded previously:

Youthtown Super 10’s tournament at Cannons Creek Park

The Super 10s tournament provided an alternative sporting competition for those students not selected to compete in their traditional interschool competitions and a great opportunity for them to be exposed to new sporting experiences.164 students across five schools competed in the tournament.

Clean up of the pump track at Titahi Bay School

Young people found lots of holes and water seepage, which was making it difficult to ride on and enjoy their track. The grant was used to repair the track – it’s now used every as well as in the weekend!

Nature School’s Bush Sprouts sessions at St Theresa’s School

The programme worked with two groups of 24 children and identified environmental issues that were important to them. The sessions also empowered young people to take on leadership roles, and allows young people make their own decisions about how and where they learn and what project they would like to in the bush.

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What's unlikely to be funded

  • Things that have already happened
  • Projects that promote religious, ethical, commercial or political views
  • Travel costs (unless they can be shown to be a vital component of children and young people engaging in the idea/project
  • Projects involving people over the age of 25
  • Projects that don’t benefit young people living in Porirua