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E Hine Fund for young wāhine in Te Pane Matua Taiao, the Greater Wellington region


We're marking the Y coming back to Te Pane Matua Taiao, Greater Wellington with the E Hine Fund to support women in our region. The E Hine Fund has been created to help young women pursue their aspirations or projects and positively impact young women and their communities through a community-friendly application process. Applications are now closed for funding round 1.

Nau mai, haere mai! Everything you need to know to apply

Applications are now closed for funding round 1.

We believe that there is power that comes from distributing funding without prescribing the scope or limiting it to traditional "women's issues". Let us know what amazing mahi you're up to and how the E Hine Fund could help you achieve it!

What's funded?

We only have one 'rule' for what's funded and that's applications that relate to supporting young women in the Greater Wellington region on a group or individual basis. Apart from that, the E Hine Fund won’t dictate or be limited to certain kaupapa, requests, causes, dollar amounts, formats or types of initiatives. 

We understand that support and funding asks can come in many different forms for young women from a range of backgrounds and communities.

What about wāhine Māori?

Building on the legacy of the Māori Women’s Transfer Fund, the E Hine Fund will dedicate at least 50% of available funds in each round to supporting wāhine Māori.

Do I have to be a young woman to apply?

No, if you or your organisation is running an initiative or project that needs support that will positively impact young women in the Greater Wellington region you are welcome to apply.

Is the E Hine Fund intersectional?

Absolutely and unapologetically. Our definition of ‘women’ and 'young women' is intersectional and inclusive. We are for all self-identifying wāhine - tāngata whenua, Indigenous women and women of colour, trans and queer women, femmes, disabled women, former refugee and immigrant women, and women of every faith, ethnicity, community and economic background.

Does the YWCA and Y Greater Wellington have a religious affiliation?

The Y in Aotearoa was started and nurtured by the church and we acknowledge those that went before us and established the Y as an enduring resource for women. Today we are a secular organisation with no religious affiliation. We welcome all self-identifying wāhine and women of all backgrounds, communities and faiths.

What does the application process like?

Community-friendly and drama-free. We want you to be able to focus on channelling your energy into the amazing mahi and kaupapa you are committed to! 

You'll just need to fill in a simple online form that asks you five questions and then your application will be reviewed by an independent funding decision panel.

What areas does the Greater Wellington region cover?

Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Kāpiti Coast, Carterton, Masterton, South Wairarapa.

Who's on the funding decision panel?

The funding decision panel will be made up of women - majority wāhine Māori and representatives from a range of backgrounds and identities. We'll share the amazing wāhine on the panel soon.

When will I hear back about my application?

We will get back to you about the outcome of your application by the end of September, 2022.

Who's on the Y Greater Wellington board?

See who's on the board here.

Connect with us

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at or message us on our Instagram