Funding available for young social entrepreneurs

Selwyn news
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Selwyn MP Amy Adams is encouraging local youth with bright ideas to apply for a share of the $120,000 Opportunity for Young People fund.

“The funding will be awarded to young people aged between 12 – 24 years with clever and achievable ideas that will make a social or environmental difference,” Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams stated that funding would be awarded based on the innovation, viability, potential for growth and social impact of the project, while also considering value for money.

“This fund inspires youth to apply a commercial approach to solving social or environmental challenges - a way of thinking that is vital to the future of New Zealand,” Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams commented that young people who solve community problems with innovative and entrepreneurial thinking are well placed for future leadership roles.

“By working on projects they have designed, young people develop valuable decision-making skills and confidence,” Ms Adams said.

The Opportunities for Young People funding comes from the $2 million Government Youth Enterprise Fund launched in December last year.

Interest for this round of funding must be registered by 20 October 2015. More information about the Opportunities for Young People Fund is available at