Organisations that want to help reduce youth crime can now apply for funding from a new government initiative.
Associate Justice Minister Chester Borrows yesterday announced new funding was being made available to groups or organisations with fresh approaches to reducing offending.
Mr Borrows said the $400,000 fund was part of the Government's youth crime action plan (YCAP).
"The way we work with communities on youth justice is a key part of the action plan," he said.
"We're asking communities to step up and get creative. This YCAP Innovation Fund is our way of backing communities to do just that."
Mr Borrows said good progress had been made reducing youth crime.
The number of offenders appearing before the Youth Court had dropped by 19 per cent between June 2011 and June 2013, but plenty of challenges remained.
"Experience tells us that small local projects, driven by people who know the kids in their community and what they need, can sometimes yield huge gains for a particular community."
Applications are open until February 14 and successful grants would be awarded by mid-2014.
Information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on the Government's tender service website www.gets.govt.nz.
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