The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – spends around $8.253 million a year on a wide range of youth development and youth enterprise initiatives. We fund organisations that employ a youth development approach which supports the wellbeing of young people (aged 12 to 24 years) in Aotearoa New Zealand so that they are able to succeed in, contribute to, and enjoy life.

Current Funding

In 2018, we reviewed our priorities for funding from 01 July 2019 onwards. We did this to ensure MYD is working to support the Government’s focus on wellbeing and to bring a strengths-based focus on equity to this work. 

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 are bringing a particular focus to supporting rangatahi Māori, Pacific young people, Rainbow young people, young people with disabilities, young women, young people living in the regions, and young people from ethnic communities, in particular those from a refugee and migrant background.

Youth Development Funding supports the wellbeing of young people (12 to 24 years) in Aotearoa via a youth development approach. This is funding for programmes and services that address the holistic wellbeing of young people, and emphasise identity, belonging and connectedness. Applications are now closed. More information is available on the Current Funding page.

Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Funding supports strengths-based enterprise education and skills development initiatives that help prepare young people for the future work environment. Applications are now closed. More information is available on the Current Funding page.

Previous Funding

Applications for funding for the current financial year 01 July 2018 to 31 July 2019 are now closed. Visit the Previous Funding page for a list of the projects we funded in this round. You can also access a table detailing committed multi-year funding through to 30 June 2020.

Social Services Accreditation

Providers contracted by the Ministry of Youth Development must have the capability and capacity to deliver quality social services on an on-going basis.

Social Services Accreditation assesses organisations, often under legislation, against a set of standards at a level that reflects the type of services they deliver. This means that both the Government and the provider’s clients can be confident in the services that are delivered.

New Zealand Government Procurement

The Ministry of Youth Development adheres to the 'Government Rules of Sourcing' when purchasing outcomes/contracting with providers. Please visit the New Zealand Government Procurement website for more information.