Small Communities Fund

The Small Communities Fund aims to support young people from New Zealand’s island communities to apply for grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 for youth-led initiatives and activities developed for and by young people aged 12 to 24 years. We encourage young people to design projects that develop their skills, knowledge, and experience to confidently participate in; and positively contribute to their communities.

About the Small Communities Fund

The Ministry of Youth Development is encouraging young people, aged 12 to 24, to design projects that develop their skills, knowledge, and experience to confidently participate in; and positively contribute to their communities.

New Zealand's island communities refer to communities on New Zealand's small inhabited islands such as; Stewart Island, Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island, D'Urville Island, Waiheke Island, Arapaoa Island, Pitt Island, Matakana Island, Raoul Island and Kawau Island.

Read about an initiative on Matakana Island recently funded by MYD here.

In addition to accepting applications from small island communities, the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) will also consider supporting initiatives being delivered by North/South Island organisations, in partnership with a small island-based community.

In this instance, a need will have been identified in consultation with the small island-based community and the programme will meet this need for its young people. The programme will be delivered to young people on the small island in question.

Applications will be assessed when they are received and funds will be allocated on a rolling basis. Applications to the Small Communities Fund will open soon and will close at 5.00pm on Monday 30 April 2018 unless the fund has been fully allocated before this date. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Small Communities Fund?

The Small Communities Fund aims to support young people from New Zealand’s island communities to apply for grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 for youth-led initiatives and activities developed for and by young people aged 12 to 24 years. We encourage young people to design projects that develop their skills, knowledge, and experience to confidently participate in; and positively contribute to their communities.

 

Why was the Small Communities Fund established?

The Ministry of Youth Development established the Small Communities Fund to ensure young people from New Zealand’s island communities have access to similar opportunities to their peers from the North/South Islands of New Zealand.

 

How much funding is available?

There is a total budget of $50,000 per year, for the next three years, for allocation.

For the Small Communities Fund the minimum amount that can be awarded to a project is $2,000 (GST exclusive) per year and the maximum amount is $5,000 (GST exclusive) per year.

We will accept applications for projects running over 1, 2 or 3 years.

 

When does the Small Communities Fund close for applications?

Applications will be assessed when they are received and funds will be allocated on a rolling basis. Applications to the Small Communities Fund will open soon and will close at 5.00pm on Monday 30 April 2018 unless the fund has been fully allocated before this date.

 

Who can access the Small Communities Fund?

  • Individuals or groups of young people aged 12 to 24 years old who have the support of a legal entity, for example a community group or youth organisation who will hold the funds in their bank account.
  • Organisations working in partnership with young people.
  • NOTE: Organisations supporting young people or applying for funding need to be a legal entity, e.g. an incorporated society or charitable trust (and registered with the Companies Office).
  • In addition to accepting applications from small island communities, the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) will also consider supporting initiatives being delivered by North/South Island organisations, in partnership with a small island-based community.

 

What types of outcomes will funded projects achieve?

Fund recipients will be required to report on how the initiative has helped to increase the capability and resilience of the young people involved. This will include information on the type of opportunity provided e.g. leadership, volunteering and/or mentoring, and how it has helped young people to develop skills that will support them to thrive now and in the future.

 

For more information about the Small Communities Fund contact:

Small Communities Fund
Ministry of Youth Development
PO Box 1556
Wellington
Email: mydinfo@myd.govt.nz
Phone: 04 916 3300/Freephone 0508 FOR MYD (367 693)