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Bay Brighter Futures (BBF) is a collaboration of government
agencies and philanthropic funders working in the Bay of Plenty Region.


BBF was born out of a research project commissioned by Bay Trust, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and the Community Response Forum to identify opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. The research project combined local knowledge of what was happening for children and youth in the region with an expert review of national and international research on successful first 1000 days and youth engagement initiatives.

The research recommended key criteria for projects that would make the most difference and that funders work together collaboratively to make the biggest difference.

Currently BBF is comprised of the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Youth Development, the Bay of Plenty Community Response Forum, Bay Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust the Department of Internal Affairs, Lakes DHB, BOP DHB and The Department of Corrections.

BBF is not one funding pool, as funders maintain their own decision making to co-fund a project or not. BBF is however a gateway to funding. Where one funder may only be able to fund a proportion of the project, other BBF funders may be able to step in to support full funding for a project.

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Consider if BBF funding gateway is right for your project/group, if you think that your project aligns with Bay Bright Futures you can fill out our expression of interest form