There is $4.2 million a year available through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The fund is available for projects that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture and take part in society.
How to apply for funding, the sorts of projects we fund and where you can get help is provided below.
Any group can apply if your project supports ethnic communities in New Zealand.
Our definition of ethnic communities includes migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as:
Groups with legal status (includes trusts and incorporated societies) can apply for over $10,000. Groups without legal status can apply for up to $10,000.
You will need to fill in a funding application(external link). Your project must support the purpose and one of the priorities of the fund. You can make more than one request in a year.
New Zealand communities are welcoming and inclusive, and ethnic communities connect and take part in society.
Your group may want to hold governance training workshops that support women to participate on boards and committees. For the project to fit the purpose you can make the workshop available to women from diverse communities. This will show that your project is connecting different ethnic groups with one another. You will also need to explain how the project will fit one of the priorities. For example, the project will develop capability and ability within ethnic communities as it will provide participants with the fundamentals of governance and CV writing skills. At the end of the workshop this will empower participants with the right skills to take up governance opportunities in their region.
Once your application is submitted a panel looks at the application and makes funding recommendations on the project. The Director, Office of Ethnic Communities makes the final decisions about funding.
You will find out within eight weeks of applying whether you have been successful.
Your group can apply for multi-year funding if you:
For help with your application contact a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as showing how your projects supports the purpose and priorities there are a few other things you will need to include in your application.
You will need to show that your project will help an ethnic community or communities.
You will need to have a clear start and end date within the next year.
Your project needs to be well designed and planned and delivered in New Zealand.
Your project will need to use the funding within 12 months.
If your group or project does not fit the purpose or priorties for this fund, there are other funds that you can apply for. To find out about other funding options, visit the Community Matters website(external link) or contact a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824 or email email@example.com.
See your group's previously submitted request(external link)