What is the kaupapa of the funding?

Funding is for community and non-profit organisations that apply a rangatahi-development kaupapa to their mahi and share the aspirations and values in the Rangatahi Action Plan.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • be a champion in rangatahi-development (see the Champion Rangatahi Development Tool created by our Rōpū Taiohi)
  • have their mahi focused in one or more of the Priority Areas of the Rangatahi Action Plan and
  • work primarily with one or more of our Communities of Focus.
Our Priority Areas Programmes, projects, initiatives, people that…Our Communities of Focus
1. Rangatahi voice and leadership● empower rangatahi to become leaders
● support rangatahi to express and be proud of their cultural diversity
● support rangatahi to be leading on all levels in their rohe.
Rangatahi Māori
Rangatahi Pasifika
Rangatahi with disabilities
Rangatahi Rainbow
Rangatahi in communities experiencing hardship/ disadvantage

We define rangatahi as young people aged 10-24 years old.
2.Whakawhanaungatanga: positive connections● build a strong sense of belonging in rangatahi
● build positive role models and mentors in their lives
● build strong and positive taha hinengaro and mental health in rangatahi
3. Creating opportunity and opening doors● advocate for and provide rangatahi with safe places of belonging so they thrive and have opportunities to lead and succeed
● provide rangatahi with doors that open for them and challenge systemic barriers and marginalisation
4. Pathways for our futures ● grow rangatahi with life skills to support school-life transitions
● grow positive career futures and employment that offers growth pathways (not just a job)
● grow sustainable rangatahi-led businesses
● grow young kaimahi rangatahi as leaders in the youth sector

Applications which are more likely to be successful:

  • show how they are contributing to our vision for rangatahi
  • have an equity focus in their mahi
  • are based in communities experiencing hardship
  • are about supporting rangatahi Māori and rangatahi Pasifika
  • are growing the involvement and leadership of rangatahi in decision-making in their organisation and community

We prefer applications for new programmes/ projects, extending or improving existing programmes and projects and those seeking to address a need or opportunity identified by rangatahi.

We encourage kaupapa māori organisations, hapū and iwi with rangatahi initiatives and programmes to apply.

What is the Champion Rangatahi Development Tool?

The Champions Funding is specifically for organisations that operate in our rohe that meet the following:

  • values cultural diversity
  • involves rangatahi in decision-making
  • empowers rangatahi to be leaders
  • practices Te Tiriti in their mahi
  • reflects Mana Taiohi principles in their mahi
  • is mana-enhancing and strengths-based in the way they work
  • provides professional development for their kaimahi rangatahi and staff working with rangatahi.

This is about quality rangatahi development practice. We, Rōpū Taiohi have developed a framework to help us understand where you are on your rangatahi development journey. We ask you to have a look at this tool. You will be asked about it as part of your Expression of Interest application (see Champion Rangatahi Development Tool).  

Do we have to work exclusively with the communities of focus?

We will consider groups that only work with rangatahi in the communities of focus areas and groups that provide services, projects, or programmes for these rangatahi as well as services for other groups in the community. 

Applications that do not focus on at least one of our communities of focus will not be successful.

For help thinking about rangatahi in communities experiencing hardship and disadvantage check out EHINZ or Vodafone’s Population Explorer tool.

Tell me about what funding is available?

An organisation can receive a grant of up to $50,000 (GST excl) under this Fund for operating, project, or programme costs.

Additional funding is available for organisational capacity and capability development.

Funding can be up to 100% of an organisation’s local operating expenses or project expenses.

Funding will be for one year, as a grant, which will be paid upon acceptance of the grant agreement. Grants can be applied to expenses from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. ECCT does not pay GST on grants.

There is no funding commitment beyond 31 March 2023. These grants will help us get to know each other and work out shared interests.

We hope to invite some organisations to enter into multi-year funding agreements from 1 April 2023 for up to three years. Selected organisations will be willing to partner with Rōpū Taiohi and ECCT to achieve the aspirations articulated in the Rangatahi Action Plan.  If a group becomes a partner and moves to a multi-year funding agreement, a funding sustainability plan will need to be developed as ECCT may not be willing to be a group or projects sole funder in future years.

There is a total of up to $500,000 available in this one-year funding round (2022/23).

What is the capacity and capability development funding?

This is for organisations who are keen to develop further as a ‘champion’ in rangatahi decision-making and leadership, we will fund these organisations in addition to build their capacity in:

  • involving diverse rangatahi in decision-making in the organisation
  • empowering rangatahi to be leaders in their organisations and their communities.
What can the pūtea be used for?

Rangatahi-led organisations

If you are a rangatahi-led organisation – you can choose if your grant will be for general operating costs or for project/ programme costs.

The funding can be used to run your organisation; all the things that groups use every day in their mahi. This means it is flexible and can be applied where you need it.

It can be used for operating costs, overheads, programme costs, salaries, events, project costs, equipment and small assets, and training and development activities.

It cannot be used for repairs and maintenance of buildings or to buy larger capital items or assets over $5000 (e.g. vehicles, buildings, etc.).

Rangatahi-led programmes or projects

If you deliver rangatahi-led programmes or projects, but are not a rangatahi-led organisation – grants will be for project or programme costs.

The funding must be used to deliver the rangatahi-led programme you run, and not the other services your group provides.

What commitments and reporting are required?

We will develop grant deliverables with you, based on the information you provide in the application. . This will form part of our grant agreement.

Your group will complete a post-grant report to let us know how things have gone by 31 March 2023. This will be based on reporting measures that have been co-designed by your rangatahi during the first six months on the grant.

Rōpū Taiohi would also like to visit you and your rangatahi during the year to learn about what you are doing and how things are going.

What ‘type’ of organisations do I need to be?

To be eligible, an organisation must:

  • be a legal entity with a charitable or community focus,
  • have a written constitution or set of rules that states that the organisations resources will only be applied to public/ community purposes, rather than private/ individual purposes
  • have their own bank account.

Social enterprises or businesses may be considered if they:

  • are focused on outcomes for rangatahi
  • have clear written arrangements in place outlining community benefits and split of funds between their business and the social

For clarity, the applicant should be the group which is the legal entity.

We will not fund councils and government organisations. We will not generally fund national organisations. If you are a local branch of a national organisation with your decisions made at a local level, come and have a kōrero with us.

Do rangatahi need to be involved in making our application? What about project delivery?

Yes, absolutely. You won’t get funding if they are not involved.

This funding is to move rangatahi to the centre of things, develop things with rangatahi, work with and support them to be experts in their own lives, and listen and respond to their diverse needs.

Our group runs programmes for rangatahi – are we eligible?

Yes, but only if your organisation works in our priority areas, works with one or more of ECCT’s community of focus, and aligns with our Champion Rangatahi Development Tool (see Kaupapa above).

How are decisions made and when?

ECCT and the Rōpū Taiohi share oversight of the Rangatahi Action Plan. This includes making decisions on funding. Our Rōpū Taiohi will make the decisions about who this funding goes to and will be supported by the ECCT Board in their decision-making processes.

30 November 2021Applications for Rangatahi-development Champions Funding close.
December to mid- February 2021Rōpū Taiohi & ECCT staff contact short-listed groups to hear more about their mahi, what they plan to do, and the support they require.
Late February to March 2022Applications are considered by Rōpū Taiohi at their wānanga and their funding decisions will be endorsed by ECCT’s Board in March. Applicants are notified of the outcome by 31 March 2022.
April to March 2023Grantees deliver rangatahi-development service and programmes.
Post grant report due by 31 March 2023.