Ethnic Communities Development Fund
There is funding available for projects that support ethnic communities in New Zealand to stay socially connected and resilient.
As we unite for the recovery, the priorities for the fund are:
- alternative ways for ethnic communities to stay socially connected
- community employment initiatives
- community resilience and recovery
Ethnic communities include migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as:
- Continental European
- Latin American
- Middle Eastern
How to apply
You can apply by filling in an application form from the Office of Ethnic Communities. You’ll need to show how your project or activities support the purpose of the fund. You can apply more than once in a year.
Once you apply, an internal panel looks at your application and the Office of Ethnic Communities makes the final decision.
Funding for more than one year is available if your group:
- has been set up for at least two years
- show a good grant management history
- have evidence of good governance and management systems
- have experience in or can show experience in running a similar project
- are a legal entity, such as an incorporated society, if the application is more than $10,000 for any one year
- can show success of the first year of funding
Groups with legal status, such as trusts and incorporated societies, can apply for over $10,000. Groups without legal status can apply for up to $10,000.
Help and advice
There is advice available on how to write a successful application for funding and contact details for community advisors who can help you.