In partnership with the Ministry of Health we have set-up a new fund to support Ethnic Community vaccination against COVID-19.

It provides funding for activities that directly support vaccination uptake by Ethnic Communities. This helps remove barriers to vaccination and makes it easier for our communities to keep people safe.

What does the fund cover?

Funding is available for activities and items that directly support vaccination uptake by Ethnic Communities. Our definition of ethnic communities includes migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as:

  • African
  • Asian
  • Continental European
  • Latin American
  • Middle Eastern.

The fund covers costs, such as venue hire, catering, transport costs, interpreters, collateral, translation of official information and wellbeing support.

This list is not exhaustive and we will happily consider applications for things that have a clear link to getting people vaccinated.

The fund does not cover:

  • Purchasing of fixed assets
  • Salaries
  • Activities designed to make a profit
  • Financial support for people affected by lockdowns – other funding is available for this.

Who can apply

The fund is available to community groups, organisations and individuals. Applicants will need a bank account.

How applications will be prioritised

We want to help every community get vaccinated.

Priority will be given to smaller communities and communities where vaccine uptake is lower. This helps ensure funding is targeted to where support is most needed.

To help directly increase vaccination, priority will also be given to events where people can get vaccinated.

Submit an application

To submit an application, you must log in to the Community Advice and Grants website and fill a funding application.

Funded activities must be completed within 2 months of the application being approved.

If you need any assistance with your application please email


Application deadlines 

Getting the country vaccinated by 24 December is a key priority. Applications for projects happening before this date need to be submitted by 3 December. This will ensure we can get funding to applicants in time for them to deliver their work. 

Applications received after 3 December will be processed in January.

If you have any questions about the fund

Please contact us at

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