$1m fund targets city's youth

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 14:00 27/08/2014

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Applications are open for a $1 million fund aimed at a "major" project for Christchurch's young.

The Todd Foundation, a Wellington-based private philanthropic organisation, this week launched its "Our Christchurch" fund.

It will be accepting applications until September 25 for a "long-lasting project", either a facility or a major programme that would "benefit children and youth as the city continues to rebuild and grow".

Todd Foundation executive director Kate Frykberg said the organisation had "no preconceived ideas" about what this project may look like.

"It could be a new facility, it could be a long-term programme or it could be something exciting and innovative that we have not thought of yet," she said.

"What we do know is that it will be a positive and forward-thinking contribution to the future of Christchurch that will benefit children and youth from across the city."

Initial applications will be reviewed by the Todd Foundation's funding committee and short-listed applicants will be notified in mid-October.

They will have about a month to prepare a full proposal to present to a combined panel of Christchurch youth, recruited through Youth Voice Canterbury, and funding committee members.

The full board of the Todd Foundation will select the successful applicant based on the panel's recommendations.

The winner will be announced on December 1.

See toddfoundation.org.nz for more information.

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