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Thriving Rangatahi Fund

COVID-19 has reset the direction and priorities of many organisations. At the Vodafone Foundation, we are committed to our strategy and committed to creating better outcomes for rangatahi. As part of our COVID-19 response, we have already provided some emergency funding, developed a remote working guide and run our first virtual fundraiser in partnership with The Funding Network.

We will still be investing $2 million in our communities this year, but there have been some changes to our processes.


We are wrapping up the Innovation Fund and will not have any open, contestable funding this financial year. Instead, we will be focused on the development of our impact model, on systems change mahi and on supporting a group of our current community partners. We are, however, always happy to have a conversation with people doing good work to support young people in the community and we remain committed to creating change, specifically for young people who experience disproportionate risk factors. For us, means young people who have experience with at least one of the following:

  • Contact with Care and Protection (Oranga Tamariki)
  • Experiences with police or the justice system
  • Intergenerational poverty
  • Exclusions or disengagement from mainstream schooling
  • Are young parents (under 18)
  • Live in areas with high levels of material hardship

In addition, we have a proactive focus, as responsible treaty partners, on supporting rangatahi Maori.


Next year, we will be relaunching our funding process, based on research and the findings of the Thriving Rangatahi population explorer, which we hope to launch in March 2021. If you would like to be kept up to date on our funding changes, email to be added to our mailing list.