Ethnic communities

Ethnic community groups can apply for funding to support their communities.

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:

  • African
  • Asian
  • 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.

How to apply for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund and examples of projects (external link)

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.

Get help with your application (external link)

Videos in different languages explaining the Ethnic Communities Development Fund (external link)

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