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Youth Week


Grant applications open Monday 20 February and close on Monday 20 March, 5pm.

Thanks to the generosity of Sport NZ and the Ministry of Youth Development, Ara Taiohi offers funding for Youth Week events up to the value of $1,000 + GST, depending on the size and format of the event. 

These funded events should be organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people. Specifically, the events should align to the Youth Week 2023 theme of “Rangatira mō apōpō? Rangatira i tēnei rā! Leaders of tomorrow? Leaders for today!.

Youth Week and it’s culmination of events aim to amplify young people’s valuable contributions to their communities by supporting them to design, deliver and evaluate all aspects of the week. We want Aotearoa to be a country where young people are vibrant and optimistic and are supported and encouraged to take up challenges.

Events should be designed to encourage young people to take on challenges, share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of being young. We identify young people to be those aged between 12 and 24 years old

How to apply for Youthweek funding:

If you are interested in applying for funding to assist your Youth Week event, below is a guide to direct you through the process.

If you are in an area that has been directly impacted by the recent natural disasters, please get in touch with us so we can make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Ensure the form is accurately completed, with all information boxes fulfilled where applicable. Only minor details can be amended from your proposal once your application is successful.

You will receive a confirmation email within two working days that the application is being processed.

  • Successful applicants will be notified via email by 11 April.

A congratulatory email will be sent, with a Payment and Agreement form requesting details about who will receive the funds.

  • Payment and agreement form to be returned a.s.a.p

Following the return of your payment and agreement form, continual support will be supplied by the Youth Week team leading up to and during Youth Week.

Points to note

If you have sent your funding application but not received your confirmation email, please be patient. It can take some time for an application to be processed. You should receive an email within two working days confirming the application is being processed. If it is taking longer than usual or you believe the email may not have been sent, please contact the Youth Week team at youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz.

Funding applications cannot be largely changed once they have been submitted. The strength of the application is supported by its relevance to the Youth Week theme, reflection of Mana Taiohi principles, inclusivity and accessibility. It is advised that the details pertaining to these are not amended and removed.

Evaluation Report

You will need to provide invoices for all costs being covered by the Youth Week grant to youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz by 5pm 23 June 2023.

Youth Week is funded by a range of different organisations and we are accountable to these organisations for how the Youth Week Grant Fund is spent. Please note GST cannot be funded so please make sure your invoices show the figure excluding GST. A guide to submitting invoices can be found within the Evaluation form, made available on 14 April 2023. Any funding not utilised for the Youth Week event must be returned to Ara Taiohi by 1 June 2023. 

You will also be provided with participant surveys to be distributed and collected at the funded Youth Week event. These must be returned alongside the Youth Week 2023 Evaluation form to youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz by 5pm 23 June 2023. It is important for us to have this information for our accountability to those who fund Youth Week and to help us improve Youth Week in the future. We may use any quotes, images or artwork that you send us on our website, social media and in Youth Week publications. You should ensure you have the consent of those involved before providing this kind of material to us, and that those consenting understand their quotes, images or artwork may be used in this way.

By accepting the grant, you are agreeing to the Ara Taiohi grant process. If you have any questions, please contact the Rangatahi Youth Week Leads at youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz.

Grant terms and conditions

  1. Your event must happen during Youth Week 2023 (15-21 May 2023).
  2. You must complete a Payment and Agreement form with details about who will receive the funds.
  3. You must complete an evaluation form by 23 June 2023.
  4. You must distribute a participant survey to young people engaged in your event.

All terms and conditions will be sent alongside the payment and agreement form and confirmation email of a grant being accepted. Once completed, the payment and agreement form needs to be signed and a scanned copy sent to youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz

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