Youth-led Fund

Applications for Youth-Led Funding open now!

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.

Click here to apply!


What kind of project could get funded?

We are pretty open to what could be funded. The main thing is that it is youth-led. 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.

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 kaumatau 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.


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

No, you can just be you and your mean idea!

It’s always good to get people onboard to help with your project, but you can make your grant application as an individual.


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.


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 of 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 only apply for up to $5,000 over any number of projects.


Can this go toward the youth wages for delivering the project?
No sorry, we are not funding youth wages or salaries for young people at this time.


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.


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.


What else do I need to know?

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.

Projects need to have an organisation that can receive the funds on their behalf (a Fund Holder) for example your college, 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.

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers about how it will happen. We can help with those things.


 Need more info?

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


Helpful resources:

Youth-Led Fund Poster A4 PDF

Youth-Led Fund Poster A5 PDF

Youth-Led Fund JPG