Youth Neighbourhood Participation Project

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 wellbeing will improve outcomes for young people and the community as a whole. In order to guide its work with young people Council developed a Youth Strategy.

The Youth Strategy had the following four goals:

This project focuses on goal 4. Specifically:


Bringing together groups of young people to explore local issues and develop appropriate youth-led responses.


Supporting young people to undertake a series of activities that meet the needs they have identified in their community.


Supporting young people to work with others to achieve more than they could alone.

Council has worked with a leadership group from the youth sector to guide how it funds work under the Youth Strategy. This group is called the Youth Sector Leadership Group. The  Youth Sector Leadership Group has recommended that the following three areas be focussed on initially: 

  • Stoke
  • Tahunanui
  • Victory

Up to $20,000 will be available to each area to plan and deliver a youth participation model for their local communities and undertake activities that will promote youth participation. The project period will be negotiated with successful organisations but is likely to be between 6 and 8 months. 

Eligibility criteria:

The project must focus on one of the three geographical areas of Stoke, Victory and Tahunanui.

  • The project must focus on neighbourhood participation of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years old.
  • 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.
  • Where a partnership bid is considered there must be one eligible organisation who will take legal accountability for the project and its successful delivery.
  • Priority will be given to expressions of interest that show a high level of collaboration with other relevant organisations and groups.
  • 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 benefitting 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).

Make an expression of interest for Youth Neighbourhood Participation Project