About the fund


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.

The Ministry’s priorities are to:

  • Promote the value of diversity and improve the inclusion of ethnic communities in wider society
  • Ensure government services are provided fairly and are easily accessible for ethnic communities
  • Improve economic outcomes for ethnic communities and look at the barriers to employment
  • Connect and uplift ethnic community groups

Find out more about the Ministry’s work

Key dates

3 July 2023 - New fund priorities open

Decision rounds:

  • End of September
  • End of October
  • First week of December

Funding remaining

Funding remaining for the funding year 1 July 2023 - 30 June 2024 = $3,374,518.00


The Ministry's policy sets out the requirements for grants and how decisions are made.

Find out more about the Policy and administrative guidelines

Our Community Funding Advisors

Our experienced Community Funding Advisors can support you with any advice or help you need when making an application to the fund.

Contact the team at ecdf@ethniccommunities.govt.nz or call 0800 656 656.

Lucy Beeler



Lucy Beeler - Community Funding Lead (Wellington)

Louise McLean





Louise McLean - Community Funding Advisor (Christchurch)

Alisha Karan





Alisha Karan - Community Funding Advisor (Wellington)

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