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Youth Development Fund

If you're a Napierite aged between 12 and 24, and have a project or activity that will help your personal development, then get in touch.

Youth Development Fund (YDF)

Napier City Council allocate funding each year to the Youth Council of Napier to distribute to young Napierites. The Youth Development Fund (YDF) help our young people achieve their goals and dreams.

The awards are presented by the Mayor of Napier at a special ceremony run by the Youth Council.

There are four categories with a total of $7000 up for grabs, with possible grants from $100 - $1000!

  • Sport
  • Art / Culture
  • Service / Leadership
  • Other

Who can apply?

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 24, who lives in Napier and who is involved in a project or activity that promotes their personal development. You can ask a parent for help but please fill in the form yourself.

When are applications open?

2023 Youth Grant applications are now closed. Please check back for 2024 application dates, or follow the Napier Youth Council Facebook page for updates.


Trying to achieve

Aariana Papanui

To build self-confidence, courage and belief that Māori youth from Maraenui can do anything they set their mind to.

Amaiah King

To develop her skills in photography

Brooke Geary

To attend Junior Black Sticks Camp and represent HB in Hockey

David Houghton

To attend Outward Bound and become a DOC Ranger to look after NZ's unique enviroment.

Georgia Jones

To attend outward bound and become a firefighter

Grace Hendricksen

To represent NZ in the Junior Paddle Ferns and go Worlds in China

Hannah Cotter

To permanently break into the Senior Women’s NZ Blacksticks hockey team.

Jacob Cunningham

To travel to Ocala Florida in the United States for a Special Needs Taekwondo tournament

Jake Smith

To train with Pero Cameron and eventually play basketball professionally

Jayden Parker

To represent New Zealand in Canoeing and train in Europe

Joseph Curtis

To work in Radio and become a confident interviewer, spreading Māoritanga

Khan Smith

To represent NZ at the Oceania Tournament in Canoe Polo

Lillyana Steffert-Ferrarini

To attend the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ school production in Wellington

Mayah Dooney

To represent NZ at Junior World Champs for canoe slalom

Olivia Knowles

To attend the Pacific Student Leaders Programme in Vanuatu and become a community leader

Rylan Noome

To be the first New Zealander to line up for a 100m and 200m Olympic final

Saoirse Kenny

To record, master, and release her own music

Sophie Davis

To become a professional ballet dancer in Russia


Trying to achieve

Zack White

To be a professional bmx athlete and to place on the podium at x air

Ryder Moore

To play college basketball in America and open doors to others.

Emma Gross-Motu

To be able to attend the 15th NZ Venture Jamboree

Lochie Mclaren

To stand on a podium at competitive motocross

Miro Ireson

To develop leadership skills by attending the World Scout Jamboree

Kate Skeels

To represent New Zealand at a World Championship kayaking event

Julien da Silva

To represent New Zealand in the Canoe Marathon World Championships

Ella Pollett

To release her first EP and become a professional musician

Molly Pawson

To further evolve her music career

Ben Wilson

To become a professional mountain biker

Charlotte Reid

To become a film director

Liberty Fowler

To be able to make a living out of performing, writing, and releasing music

Sarah Fenwick

To  be a Girl Guide leader and increase her leadership skills

Ruby Clarke

To become a professional ballet dancer

Isobella Comber

To encourage youth into the outdoors and off their devices

Name  Trying to achieve

Asher McKee

To further establish a successful business; building and repairing electric guitars.

Charlie Evans

To represent New Zealand in Canoe Slalom.

Harper Champion

To record an album and build further success with his band FYVEYES.

Isabelle Monk

To pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

Emma Webb

To professionally record her music and continue to perform for others.

Bree-Ann Hodgkinson

To start her own clothing line.

Liberty Fowler

To continue to perform and become a full time professional musician

Jack Evans

To attend Model Parliament and represent New Zealand as a delegate on the world stage.

Samantha Herries

To attend CHOGM and develop my leadership skills.

Madeleine Parker

To continue to represent New Zealand in rowing.

Madison Milley

To attend the National Youth Drama School and become a professional performer

Ella Pollett

To become a professional singer-songwriter

Francine Sales

To become a professional artist.

Libby Stewart

To exhibit and sell her artwork.

Ben Stephenson

To pursue his dream of becoming a pro-cyclist

Matthew Viljoen

To become a film director.

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2023 Youth Grant Award Recipients

Successful recipients of Napier City Youth Council's youth development grants 2023.


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