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Rangatahi-led fund available to enable youth projects

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Staff Reporter

18 March 2024, 8:58 PM

Rangatahi-led fund available to enable youth projects

Young people with big ideas for youth in the Waitaki are encouraged to apply for financial help, with applications for the Rangatahi-Led Fund closing on Sunday.


The Otago Community Trust provides grants for youth-led projects that benefit young people, in the Waitaki, South Otago, Central Otago and Ōtepoti Dunedin, as part of its $10 million Tamariki and Rangatahi Strategy.



Rangatahi leaders from each region are at the helm of the fund, steering its purpose and criteria. 


They will collaborate with the Otago Community Trust on the final funding outcomes for grants of up to $5,000 to support innovative youth-led initiatives administered by eligible organisations.


Alex Anderson from Balclutha said he appreciated the opportunity to be a part of something he knows is helping other young people, because he can see the effects.


“Having something where rangatahi can go and actually run a whole project or event themselves and have that independence is just so so cool.”


Full details and how rangatahi can get involved are available on the Otago Community Trust website.


Leading the fund in the Waitaki are Blayde Forbes, Sophia Sam, Siara Sam, Ellen McAtamney and Sophie Notman.


The intentions behind the fund is to make the Waitaki a more fulfilling place for youth to live and get them excited about living in the district. It encourages active participation in the community, and aims to bring people together and provide equal opportunities.


People of all cultures, abilities and ethnicities under-25 can apply online, for a maximum of $5000 per project.


For more help, people can email [email protected] or chat to one of the roopu (group) members on 0800 10 12 40.


The fund does not cover scholarships or sponsorships, retrospective costs, and political parties or groups aligned with political parties.