Ethnic Communities Development Fund
Funding is available for projects that support ethnic communities in New Zealand to stay socially connected and resilient.
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
Apply for funding 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 1 year is available if your group:
- has been set up for at least 2 years
- shows a good grant management history
- has evidence of good governance and management systems
- has experience in or can show experience in running a similar project
- is a legal entity, such as an incorporated society, if the application is more than $10,000 for any 1 year
- can show success from 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
Advice is available on how to write a successful application for funding and contact details for community advisors who can help you.
Community COVID-19 Fund for Pacific communities
Funding is available from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to support Pacific communities and groups who are responding and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.
Types of funding available
There are 3 categories of funding available
Grants of up to $5,000 is available for groups that have a new idea that they want to test and pilot.
Grants of up $10,000 are available to improve initiatives that have already had a positive impact in the community.
Lift off initiatives
Grants of up to $50,000 are available for initiatives that have already had a positive impact in the community, and are ready to expand to other regions.
How to apply
Apply for funding by filling in an application form from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.