Ethnic Communities Development Fund

We administer funds to support community development and social cohesion.


The Ethnic Communities Development Fund has $4.2 million a year available for projects. They should fit within the Ministry’s strategic priorities to support ethnic communities, grow their skills, celebrate culture and take part in society. You can apply at any time as there is no closing date, the fund is open. We aim to get back to you within 12 weeks. Please apply well in advance of your event or project.

Applying for the fund

  • About the fund
    Learn about the fund, see key dates and read the policy document.
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  • Who can apply
    Any group can apply if your project supports ethnic communities in New Zealand.
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  • How to apply
    Find out how much you can apply for, and what you need to apply. Watch a step-by-step instructional video.
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  • Make an application
    Apply for the Fund. Show how it fits with the Fund's purpose and meets one of the four priorities.
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More information

  • Funded projects
    See a list of all the projects which have been funded by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.
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  • Stories
    Discover how the Fund improves social cohesion in Aotearoa New Zealand and supports ethnic communities.
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  • Panel members
    Find out about the Panel and read the members' bios.
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  • Other funding options
    Check out what other funding options are available.
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