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Youth-Led Fund to help young people reach their potential

A community fund has been launched by Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) to help and empower rangatahi (young people) to deliver projects in their school or community.

Managed by rangatahi for rangatahi, the Youth-Led Fund will provide grants of between $100 and $5000 for projects that focus on making a positive impact in the region.

The new fund stems from ECCT's Rangatahi Project on which ECCT has collaborated with its own rangatahi ropu, as well as community organisations, to guide funding to young people for the next five years.

Trust chairwoman Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins said ECCT recognised children and young people as key priorities.

“We value our youth — their needs, aspirations and dreams — which is why they are a focus area in our funding strategy.

“Our goal is to support young people in our region to reach their potential.”

Applications for the Youth-Led Fund are invited from individuals and groups of young people aged between 12 and 24.

Projects could include sports events, making and promoting a film, holding a wananga at a local marae, running an environmental project, creating a youth market, promoting te reo in the community, starting a youth website, hosting a youth art exhibition or painting a mural.

ECCT's rangatahi ropu, which consists of 15 members aged from 16 to 25, will assess all applications against their criteria and make funding allocations as they see fit.

“The main thing is that it is youth-led,” ECCT Rangatahi ropu member Geordie Parrant said.

“Adults can help but young people need to organise the project. Applications for the funding need to come from young people, not adults.”

The Youth-Led Fund has no closing date.

Applications will be considered monthly, with the first applications being considered from the end of this month.

To apply, or for more information, go to ecct.org.nz or email ECCT at rangatahi@ecct.org.nz