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The 2016 Youth Fund is open for applications and New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is promoting the opportunity to local young people and youth leaders.

“I encourage constituents with ideas for youth-driven projects to apply for a share of the Government’s $200,000 Youth Fund.

“We have many outstanding young people in our community and this fund supports activities that develop their decision-making and leadership skills,” said Young

The Youth Fund initiative is for projects that respond to a need in the community as identified by young people. Projects must be led by individuals or groups of young people aged 12 to 24 years old, or organisations working in partnership with young people.

Funding applications will be assessed by a Youth Funding Panel. Youth Funding Panels are made up of young people trained in funding decision-making and supported by the Ministry of Youth Development.

Funding of up to $7000 is available, with applications closing on Thursday 10 September 2015.

More information is available here.

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