There have been many successful stories about projects which have been made possible through an Ethnic Communities Development Fund grant. They are projects that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture and take part in society.

These include initiatives which:

  • promote the value of diversity and inclusion
  • ensure equitable provision of access to government services
  • improve economic outcomes
  • connect and empower their communities

 Check out some of the stories below. See photos and watch videos of funded projects.

  • NZSO's 'Beyond Words' concert series pays tribute to Christchurch victims
    In a stirring tribute to peace and unity, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Te Tira Pūoro o Aotearoa, in collaboration with The Central Iqra Trust, Muslim communities nationwide, and the Ministry for Ethnic Communities, recently presented "Beyond Words".
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  • From conflict to connection: Community-led initiatives amidst the Middle East conflict
    With the unfolding situation in the Middle East, the ECDF has been expediting funding approvals of community-led initiatives to encourage understanding, healing, and solidarity and promote social cohesion.
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  • The ReCreators: Empowering Communities to Sustainably DIY
    Concerned with the increasing waste in our communities, The ReCreators aims to turn waste into value through upcycling.
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  • Headlight - Increasing Mental Health Literacy in Ethnic Communities
    Queenstown charity headlight have boosted mental health literacy within ethnic communities.
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  • Ethnic Women’s Leadership Course
    Women of different ethnicities and ages came together to learn leadership skills to help them succeed in their communities and employment.
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  • Diversity Festival
    The Diversity Festival promote a more diverse and inclusive Aotearoa by celebrating the social and cultural richness of migrant and refugee-background
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  • Race Unity Speech Awards
    The Race Unity Speech Awards gives senior high school students a platform to express their ideas on how we can improve race relations in Aotearoa.
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Do you have a story to share?

If your community group has received an Ethnic Communities Development Fund grant for a project and you’d like to share it here, please email us.

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