Partnership Fund

A key aspect of the new direction for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) is the establishment of partnerships with the business and philanthropic sectors, iwi and other government organisations to collectively engage with and collaborate to support an increase in quality youth development opportunities. The Ministry has committed $1 million to seed a Partnership Fund in 2016/2017.

The Ministry will identify youth development initiatives for young people aged 12 to 24 years that assist them to increase their capability and resilience and support them to participate and contribute confidently in their communities. Youth development opportunities will focus on:

  • Leadership – young people participating in and leading initiatives and decision making processes
  • Mentoring – young people supported to develop skills to achieve goals through mentoring relationships with adults and peers
  • Volunteering – young people contributing time, service and skills in their community

A key criteria for the Partnership Fund is that there is an identified partnership, with one or more funder (in addition to Partnership Fund support), leading to increased youth development opportunities for more young people.

The Partnership Fund is not a contestable fund and does not accept applications for funding.

Partnership Fund Board

The Partnership Fund Board supports the development of partnerships to increase youth development opportunities, to increase information sharing, collaboration and co-investment and will make investment decisions about the Partnership Fund.

To read more about the Board members, visit the Partnership Fund Board page.

Partnerships Team

The role of the partnerships team is to explore potential partnerships. The team submits partnership proposals to the Board for consideration, and then implements and manages the ongoing relationships.

More information

For more information about the Partnership Fund, please email