The Ethnic Communities Development Fund is a contestable fund with a total of $520,000 to be distributed in one funding round each year.
The fund will open on Wednesday 14 August 2019 and close midnight Wednesday 25 September 2019.
Funding is for projects to be undertaken in the next calendar year 1 January – 31 December.
Improving New Zealand’s social cohesion and supporting the development of established and emerging ethnic communities.
The fund is available for projects that meet the purpose and one of the three funding priorities.
|Leadership Development Projects||Social Cohesion Projects||Cultural Events|
|Projects that build leadership capability within and between ethnic communities||Projects that bring together diverse communities to promote inclusion and community harmony. Social cohesion is evident when ethnic people have a sense of belonging and participation, and communities are inclusive and value diversity||Projects that bring together diverse communities to celebrate ethnic language/culture/identity, build intercultural relationships and demonstrate the benefits of ethnic diversity|
Peer mentoring for ethnic leaders between different ethnic groups
Workshops aimed at building capability for ethnic women's representation on boards
Governance and media training
Leadership development projects aimed at ethnic youth
Youth leadership forums
Projects aimed at emerging leaders
Public discussion series on growing an ethnically inclusive society
Seminars discussing local and global challenges for ethnic groups and how to overcome them
Marae-based activities to build connections between ethnic groups and Māori
Projects such as sport and recreational activities that encourage social interactions between different ethnic groups in the community
Intercultural awareness workshops
A multicultural festival or series of events showcasing cultural traditions to the wider community
Exhibition, film or art projects to explore issues of identity and belonging
Ethnic food festivals
Requests should show how the project will build leadership skills and develop connections between other ethnic groups.
Requests should show how the project will develop belonging, participation, inclusion and/or valuing diversity for ethnic communities.
Requests should provide an estimate of how many people are expected to attend, and show how the project will enhance intercultural relationships and the benefits of ethnic diversity.
Download an ECDF Information Sheet [PDF, 223 KB]
Grants will not be awarded to projects that are:
Our mandated communities include migrants, refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as:
Ethnic Communities Development Fund
Leadership Development Projects
$100k allocated with grants of approximately
Social Cohesion Projects
$300k allocated with grants of approximately
$70k allocated with grants of approximately
$50,000 has been set aside for flexible allocation to any of the above priorities.
Groups may make just one request in each funding round. If you have a number of different projects you may want to use the social cohesion priority.
Grant decisions will be based on those requests that show:
The Office will establish a Panel to make funding recommendations to the Director, Office of Ethnic Communities. Membership of the Panel will change annually as membership rotates. The final decisions regarding funding are made by the Director, Office of Ethnic Communities. Any correspondence or communications about the fund will be through the Department of Internal Affairs.
Decisions about grants will be available in mid-December 2019.
Organisations must provide the following financial information to support their request for a grant.
See your organisation's previously submitted request(external link)
For assistance call 0800 824 824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ethnic Communities Development Fund supports the Office of Ethnic Communities' Focus Area 4: Valuing diverse cultures and ethnicities within communities, wider society and the nation.