Youth-led Fund

Applications for Youth-Led Funding open now!

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ECCT’s Rangatahi Rōpū are looking for young people who need funding to run projects in their community.

We are looking for projects that focus on making a positive impact in your community.

  • Project ideas need to come from and be led by young people aged between 12– 24 years. Adults can help and support projects, but young people need to run them.
  • Individuals and groups of young people can apply for up to $5,000.
  • There is no closing date!


Who are we?

We are a rōpū of young people, aged 16-25 years, who are working with ECCT to develop a youth funding action plan. We have $50,000 to fund youth-led projects in the ECCT region. Click on the image below to find out more!

Who can apply?

To apply for this funding, you/ your group must be aged 12-24 years old and live in the ECCT region. Check out this map here to see if you are in the region.


How do I apply?

It is super easy; you just need to tell us a little about you and your project via the online form.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers about how your project will happen. We can help. Need more info or help with your application form? Contact us on:-

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Messenger: Eastern & Central Community Trust
  • Facebook: @EasternandCentralCommunityTrust

When do I apply and when will I know if we got the funding?

We make decisions on funding every month so get your application in by the end of each month and we will be able to let you know a decision within six weeks.


Youth-led funding – what does that mean?

We are funding youth-led projects only. That means that young people have the idea and run it. Adults can help but young people need to organise the project.  Applications for the funding need to come from young people – not adults.


What kind of project could get funded?

We are pretty open to what could be funded. Your project could be an event or a longer-term project. It can be something you are doing for other young people or it could be something aimed at the whole community, or a part of your community (for example, something for kaumatua or for little kids).

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Organise a sports event
  • Make and promote a film
  • Hold a wānanga at a local marae
  • Run an environmental project
  • Create a youth market
  • Promote te reo in your community
  • Start a youth website
  • Run a youth art exhibition
  • Do something for the whole community
  • Paint a mural

Your project can be as long or as short as you would like it to be. All projects need to be completed by December 2021.


How much funding can we apply for?
Any amount between $100 and $5,000.


What happens after I apply?

We want to have a chat with you to get a feel for what you want to do before we make a decision about your project, so don’t forget to put your number in the application form. Someone will contact you within two weeks of applying. We are all aged between 16 and 25 years too, so don’t be shy! Rōpū members will then make a decision about funding your project.


How do I do a project budget?

In the application form you need to do a basic budget. If you need help with this please contact us on [email protected]

To work out how much money you need for your project, think about all the things you need to buy to run your project and how much they will cost. Here are some things you might need in your budget:

  • Kai for people coming
  • A venue/place to hold an event
  • Transport costs
  • Prizes
  • Posters (design and printing)
  • Equipment to do your project
  • People with special skills (e.g. a DJ, an artist, a sports coach)

Have a think about going to businesses in your community for help too. Are there businesses who could help with your project/event by donating spot prizes, event t-shirts and things that the business does (e.g. ask your local butcher to donate free sausages for your sausage sizzle).


Who receives the money if we get a grant?

Projects need to have an organisation that can receive the funds on their behalf (a Fund Holder) for example your school, an official club or a not-for-profit organisation. We can help you sort this out if you haven’t got an organisation you can go to.


Are there things that are not funded?

  • We do not fund projects that have already happened (we don’t reimburse costs).
  • We are not funding youth wages or salaries for young people at this time.
  • We don’t generally fund travel and other costs related to going to a sports event or another youth gathering. We are focusing this funding on supporting and growing youth-led projects in our region rather than funding travel to gatherings/events.
  • Projects run by young people with an affiliation to a religious group may be considered, however projects must not be religious in their purpose or content.


Do I have to be in a group to get funding?

It’s always good to get people on board to help with your project, but you can make your grant application as an individual. We are really keen on supporting groups of young people to run projects through this fund.

If you have a great idea – go and talk to some other young people about your idea; what do they think? How could you have a group of young people involved in running your project?


Can we apply for multiple projects at the same time?

Yes, but over the year you can only apply for up to $5,000. We may not fund all your projects. Please fill out one application form per project.


Can we come back during the year for funding for another project?

Yes. If you are coming back after completing a project, please send in your report to us before you apply again. Over the year you can apply for up to $5,000 over any number of projects.


Is there a limit on the funding amount for events?

You can apply for up to $5,000 for a project or an event.


Can the funding go to equipment for an organisation?

Funding can go to equipment for a youth-led organisation or youth-led group. Funding for equipment can’t go to an adult-led organisation.


Can we apply for funding for business start-ups?

We may do. We are focused on supporting projects that are about giving back to the community. If you want to make an application for a business idea, please show us how your business will give back to the community; will you provide your product for free to people experiencing hardship? Will you support other young people to learn skills through your business?


I am a volunteer youth worker, can I apply for this funding?

Yes, you can if you are under 25 years of age. However, we want to know how the rangatahi you work with are involved in organising and leading the project as well. Has the project idea come from your rangatahi? Have you brainstormed the project plan with your rangatahi? Have you got rangatahi who will take on leadership roles in organising this project?


Can student councils apply for funding?

Student councils can apply for funding if they are running something in their community/outside of school. They can’t apply for student council activities in their school. It would be great to see student councils support other young people or groups of young people in their school to run projects.


Can youth councils apply for funding?

We encourage youth councils to support other young people to apply for the fund and to support them to make their project happen. We will take applications from youth councils, but expect councils to partner with their youth councils to contribute 50% of the project costs.


I live outside of the region. Can I apply?
On a case-by-case basis, the rōpū will consider applications from rangatahi who live outside the region, including from rangatahi māori who can demonstrate whakapapa connection to the region. This project must benefit the ECCT’s region.

Helpful resources:

Youth-Led Fund Poster A4 PDF

Youth-Led Fund Poster A5 PDF

Youth-Led Fund JPG