Young people

Youth Wellbeing: Grant Fund 2022/2023

30 Nov 2022

Te Whatu Ora’s Health Promotion Unit is offering one-off grants of $5,000-$30,000 through an application process.

Grants will be awarded to projects that support youth wellbeing priorities including mental health awareness, addressing wellness through development of identity (social/cultural), and strengthening connection. We want to support you in the work you’re doing for your community.

Applications close Friday 17 February 2023 at 12pm.

If you’ve got questions or want to discuss things further, please reach out. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to apply. We’ll even help you fill out forms, so get in touch. Please contact Hayley Horne at, or phone 021 228 9954.

About the fund

Trusting young people and their communities to come up with their own solutions for their own wellbeing is important to us. We want to partner with those at the heart of youth and community-led innovation, and showcase what works for them. 

These examples of community-led excellence will help to play an important part in influencing change nationwide and, most importantly, for generations of youth to come.

What we are looking to fund

We are looking for projects that address positive health outcomes for young people. We are particularly interested in projects that are:

  1. Strengths based
  2. Co-designed with young people
  3. Focused on wellbeing
  4. Lead from Te Ao Māori or Pasifika world views
  5. Focused on lifting young people’s levels of belonging, connectedness and sense of identity

What we are not looking to fund

At this time, we are not looking tofund initiatives focussing solely on specific chronic conditions (eg, diabetes), nor are we looking to fund other stages of the life course (for example, the first 1,000 days).

Working together

We want to help you support young people. We want to listen, we want to learn. We also want to make it as easy as possible to apply. We’ll even help you fill out any forms. Whakapā mai. So, get in touch.

What type of projects have been funded before?

We have supported online communities, digital tools, culture change movements, mentoring, and creative arts, wellbeing programmes, and youth-led community initiatives.

You can see some of the projects funded by grants in 2021/2022 here.  

How to apply

If you’re ready to go, complete the application form. We’re keen to kōrero/talanoa to support you with this process, so don’t be afraid to reach out. After the closing date of Friday 17 February 2023, Te Whatu Ora will assess your application against our key criteria and select a range of projects across a spread of the motu to receive funding. Not all projects will be able to be funded as we have a limited pool of funding available.

Key dates

Here are the important dates to keep track of:

Applications open

Monday 28 November 2022

Deadlines for applications

12pm Friday 17 February 2023

Te Whatu Ora support applicants to complete paperwork

Monday 28 November 2022 to Friday 17 February 2023

Applicants are notified of their funding outcome

Monday 3 April 2023

Funding paid out to successful applicants

Thursday 4 May or Thursday 9 May


If you have any questions please email Hayley Horne,, or phone 021 228 9954.



Your application is related to youth wellbeing.


Your organisation is not a local council, a commercial organisation* or an education setting (for example, a school).  * Commercial organisations are usually companies that generally try and make a profit


Your application is not for retrospective funding for a project that has been completed.


Individual/informal entities will not be funded 


Your organisation does not have any links to companies associated with the tobacco or alcohol industries, or food industries/products not aligned with the Ministry of Health Eating and Activity Guidelines (available here).

Having met all of the preconditions, applications will be evaluated using the evaluation criteria described below.

Evaluation criteria


Y / N


Is it related to: youth wellbeing activities such as health promotion, youth leadership and entrepreneuship, youth mental wellbeing, youth development and engagement, youth transition entering/ leaving school?

Y / N


Project / initiative / activity is not focused on F1000D or for specific chronic conditions

Y / N


Could the funding request fit within our funding pool ($5,000 – 30,000?)

Y / N


Alignment with priorities

Weight /10


How much does this support young people’s wellbeing?



How much does this lead from Te Ao Māori or a Pasifika worldview?



How much does this initiative show youth driven solution responding to a need in the applicant’s community?



Relate to one of our key kaupapa (areas that align with Youth Strategic Direction):

  • Health promotion
  • Youth leadership and innovation
  • Youth mental wellbeing
  • Youth development and engagement
  • Youth transition entering/ leaving school



How much does this initiative promote lifting young people’s levels of belonging, connectedness and sense of identity?



Describes how the initiative has been co-designed with young people



How much of this is strengths based?