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What is the youth worker training priority of the Community and Volunteering Capability Fund?

Youth worker training funding available through the Community and Volunteering Capability Fund (CVC) provides small grants that support training opportunities for youth workers to help improve the quality of youth work in New Zealand.

For this funding, a youth worker is defined as someone of any age, paid or unpaid, who helps young people to make a successful transition to adult life.

A youth worker is concerned with the young person’s total wellbeing rather than one specific aspect, such as sport.

There is $200,000 available to distribute nationally.

Ngā hua / Outcomes

The intended outcomes of youth worker training funding are:

  • effective and capable youth workers
  • valued youth workers
  • well-functioning programmes and projects targeted towards young people
  • networked and capable groups supporting young people.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Priority is given to:

  • training or akoako that directly supports the capability of youth workers in their work with rangatahi
  • requests from community groups, hapū or iwi who have limited access to training opportunities — training must directly relate to supporting the capability of youth workers in their work with rangatahi
  • collaborative training events which meet the needs of youth workers and are open to all youth workers in the area.

The funding of an individual will be through their youth work organisation.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

You can apply if you are:

  • a community organisation with legal entity status
  • a group or sub-committee that comes under the umbrella of a community organisation with legal entity status
  • an individual sponsored by an eligible community organisation.

Funding may be provided for:

  • short-term (up to one week) courses, conferences, and training events that improve youth workers’ knowledge and skills
  • courses that may be part of longer-term study, such as a university paper, or polytechnic course module — however, the full course of longer-term study is not eligible for funding
  • the national youth work qualifications (workplace assessment).

There is no closing date for the youth worker training priority.

Funding is broken up into regional areas:

  • Auckland
  • Canterbury/West Coast
  • Central North Island
  • Lower North Island
  • Nelson/Marlborough
  • Northland
  • Otago/Southland
  • Westland

If you are interested in applying for this funding, contact the regional office in your area.

Hāpai Hapori regional offices' contact information