How to apply


You can apply at any time as there is no closing date, the fund is permanently open. You can make more than one request in a year. We aim to get back to you within 12 weeks. Please apply well in advance of your event or project.

How much you can apply for

Grants over $10,000 – Groups with legal status (includes trusts and incorporated societies).

You can also apply if you are:

  • a branch of a national organisation that has legal entity status
  • working with an organisation that has legal status (they will need to be a party to the grant agreement).

Grants under $10,000 - Groups without legal status.

Other requirements

A group requesting funding must have:

  • Two people with the right to sign the organisation’s bank accounts
  • A cashbook (hard-copy or electronic) that is updated regularly
  • A person responsible for the organisation’s financial information
  • An up-to-date Organisation profile in the online grants management system
  • A document from the bank showing the organisation's bank details. This could be a bank statement, printed deposit slip or letter from the bank confirming the account name and number
  • A RealMe account.

A group may need to have:

  • Confirmation of the organisation’s Profile Secretary. (This can be a document, letter or email from your organisation's governing body that clearly states the name of the individual/s who have been given the official authority to make applications for funding on its behalf. Please note that this document should be signed or sent from someone else other than the nominated individual/s)
  • A record of the grants awarded from other funders
  • Reported back on any completed Ethnic Communities Development Fund grants
  • Up-to-date tax records

Help and Tips

To get help with your application contact a Community Funding Advisor. Email or call 0800 656 656.

Tips for writing a successful application

Your application needs to:

  • Show that your project will help an ethnic community or communities
  • Have a clear start date within the current funding round (1 July – 30 June)
  • Identify how the project will use the funding within 12 months of receiving approved funding
  • Show that the project is well designed, planned and delivered in New Zealand

Video: Info and how to apply

Watch this step-by-step instructional video on how to apply for funding.



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