Each year the Council's community boards set aside an amount of money to fund young people in their local community.

Under this scheme, the community boards will consider applications for a variety of activities including:

  • Educational studies - This can include personal development opportunities, such as leadership skills, career development and skills training or community based educational skills.
  • Cultural studies - This can include courses or seminars such as Te Reo lessons, musical training, arts colloquiums. It could be for attendance at cultural events taking place locally, nationally or internationally.
  • Representation at events - Applicants can apply for assistance if they have been selected to represent their school, team or community at a local, national or international event. This includes sporting, cultural and community events.
  • Recreation development - Assistance to attend or take part in one-off or ongoing recreational events, or participation at recreation or sporting development. For example representing Canterbury at rugby or advanced ballet classes in Wellington.
  • Capacity building - Providing support for personal development or growth. For example leadership training.

On average, successful applicants to the fund have received around $300 from the community boards.


Apply for a Youth Development Fund grant

Application process

Applications are open from 1st July each year. Once the annual allocation of funds is exhausted the fund is closed.

Before applying contact your local Strengthening Communities Advisor or Community Recreation Advisor, as each community board represents a different community and therefore may have different objectives and priorities within the overall objectives of the city's Community Outcomes. It is important to discuss this when you make your enquiry.

Applications could have up to 8 weeks turn around period dependant on the timing of Community Board meetings. You will be notified of the Community Board’s decision following the relevant decision meeting.


Community funding priorities and outcomes

Please see the Community funding priorities and outcomes for further information [PDF 169KB].

If you have previously received a grant you can find more information on accountability.

If you have any questions or problems please contact a Grants Advisor or email communitygrants@ccc.govt.nz.