Young people are an important part of Nelson’s community, and represent the future workforce, parents, decision makers, and community champions that help to build the fabric of the Nelson that people love.

Investing in their future well-being will improve outcomes for young people and the community as a whole. Council developed a Youth Strategy in order to guide its work with young people.

We are inviting expressions of interest from community organisations to provide the following programmes to develop the active participation and leadership of young people in their communities.

Youth Leadership: Youth into governance programme
  • Initiatives that focus on either equipping young people to take up positions on the boards of community organisations or support organisations to become more youth-led.
  • Bringing together groups of young people to explore local issues and develop appropriate youth-led responses.
  • $15,000 is available to support youth into governance projects and we expect to fund between one and three projects for this funding.
Active Youth Citizenship: Youth neighbourhood participation
  • A programme of youth friendly recreational, cultural and community events that foster a healthy and inclusive youth culture and youth identity
  • $30,000 is available for this work stream and expressions of interest must focus on supporting neighbourhood projects in Stoke, Tahunanui, or/and Victory
  • We expect to fund between one and three projects under this work stream.

Eligibility criteria:

Projects must focus on young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years old.

Priority will be given to organisations and programmes/projects that:

  • Have a proven track record of working with and inspiring young people in a local context
  • Demonstrate collaboration and connections within the community
  • Include young people in the design and delivery of the project/programme
  • Include a diverse range of young people in the project/programme
General conditions
  • Organisations must have registered charity status with Charities Services (, or be able to supply a tax exemption certificate to show they are considered ‘non-profit’.
  • Non-profit organisations without this status can nominate an umbrella organisation with this status who has agreed to receive and administer the funds on their behalf. In this case the umbrella organisation would be legally accountable to Nelson City Council for the expenditure and outcome measures of the project.
  • Retrospective funding will not be considered.
  • The project/activity must provide a public benefit and be open to members of the public within the Nelson City boundaries or benefiting Nelson residents.
  • Successful applicants must acknowledge Nelson City Council support in promotional material wherever possible.
What won’t be funded:
  • Individual people.
  • Individual businesses, government agencies or departments, or political parties.
  • Duplication of existing public or private programmes operating close to each other.
  • Purchase or improvement of privately owned facilities.
  • Funding activities that involve any alcohol, tobacco, illegal substances and gaming.
  • Professional fundraising services.
  • Activities already completed.
  • Public services that are the responsibility of Central Government (e.g. core education, primary health care).

Submission of Interest:

Please submit your expression of interest by 5pm Monday 23 November 2020

For queries or further information, contact Paul Prestidge, Community Contracts Advisor, or phone 022 676 1409