Government Funding for local Charitable Trust to support young talent

Whakatane news
Thursday, March 5, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley welcomed news that the Eastern Bay Achievement Trust (EBAT) will receive $20,000 through the Youth Enterprise Fund.

“The $20,000 Government investment will help EBAT run local pilot programmes to identify and develop young people with entrepreneurial skills and talent– giving them the best chance at success.

“This funding will make a real difference to the young people EBAT will work with,” said Mrs Tolley

EBAT currently operate Pou Whakaaro - a community service that provides free training for those with a disability or an experience of mental illness. EBAT also provide employment support and micro-business courses helping innovators to operate local businesses.

“With this extra funding EBAT will focus on our young people, giving them hands-on experience in business, and develop financial literacy skills, life-skills, and leadership experience,” said Mrs Tolley

The Government Youth Enterprise Fund has made $2 million available for organisations that support youth enterprise initiatives. In this latest round $905,000 has been allocated to support business enterprise initiatives. Another $835,000 was recently announced towards social enterprise initiatives, and technology related funding will be announced in the near future.

More information on the fund is available at