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Rangatahi-led Funding FAQ’s

Here are a bunch of questions and answers on the Rangatahi-led Funding.

Need more help or info with your application form? 

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When do we apply and when will we 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. Try to make sure your project is two months after the date that you put your application in. If you can’t do this, email us and we will see what we can do.

How much funding can we apply for?

Any amount between $100 and $5,000.

What happens after we apply?

We want to kōrero 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. One of us will contact you and then a panel of us from TiraRangatahi will make the funding decision. Someone will be in touch after that to let you know the results. 

How do we 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, think about all the things you need to run your project and how much they cost. Here are some things you might need:

  • 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. Businesses can 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).

If I get funded, how do I get the pūtea?

You will need an organization to receive the funds on your behalf (a Fund Holder). This could be your school, an official club or a not-for-profit organisation. We can help you sort this out if you haven’t got an organization you can go to. So don’t worry about it too much when you do an application. 

What is not funded?

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

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 to get funding for another project?

Yes. First up – please send in your report from your first project to us before you apply again. Over the year you can apply for up to $5,000 in total over any number of projects (e.g. One project – $1500, the next project can’t be more than $3500).

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.

Do you fund business start-ups?

We may do. We support projects giving back to the community. 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 rangatahi to learn skills through your business?

I am a volunteer kaimahi rangatahi, can I apply for this funding?

Yes, if you are under 25 years of age. You need to have rangatahi you work with involved in 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 rangatahi or groups of rangatahi in their school to run projects.

Can youth councils apply for funding?

We encourage youth councils to support other rangatahi 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, TiraRangatahi 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 be in the ECCT rohe.