There is $4.2 million a year available through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

The fund is available for projects that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture and take part in society. It is also available for initiatives that support our communities as they deal with the challenges of COVID-19. For a full list of the priorities of the fund, see the "How to Make an Application" section below.

How to apply for funding, the sorts of projects we fund and where you can get help is provided below.

  • Who can apply

    Any group can apply if your project supports ethnic communities in New Zealand. 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...

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  • When and how to make an application

    You can apply at any time as there is no closing date, the fund is permanently open. Generally, we will notify you about your application within eight weeks of submission. Please apply well in advance.

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  • Funding for more than one year is available

    Your group can apply for multi-year funding if you: have been set up for at least two years show a good grant management history have evidence of good governance and management systems have experience in or can show experience in running a similar project...

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  • Help and Tips

    To get help with your application contact a Community Advisor via email community. matters@dia. govt. nz.

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  • Projects we have funded in the past

    The successful funding is listed below. 2021 Successful funding - September 2021 or in Adobe Successful funding - August 2021 or in Adobe Successful funding - July 2021 or in Adobe Successful funding - June 2021 or in Adobe Successful funding - May 2021 or in Adobe...

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