These videos provide information about the new priorities of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. Please share these with your community organisations and people who might find them useful.

Video in Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ) Video in Cantonese (粤语) Video in English
Video in Hindi (हिन्दी) Video in Filipino (Tagalog) Video in Japanese (日本語)
Video in Korean (한국어) Video in Mandarin (普通话) Video in Nepali (नेपाली)
Video in Persian/Farsi (فارسی) Video in Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) Video in Russian (Русский язык)
Video in Shona (chiShona) Video in Sinhala (සිංහල) Video in Somali (Af-Soomaali)
Video in Tamil (தமிழ்) Video in Thai (ภาษาไทย)  

The information video transcript is available in English.

Arabic (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ) message

Cantonese (粤语) message

English message

Hindi (हिन्दी) message

Filipino (Tagalog) message

Japanese (日本語) message

Korean (한국어)message

Mandarin (普通话) message

Nepali (नेपाली) message

Persian/Farsi (فارسی) message

Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) message

Russsian (Русский язык) message

Shona (chiShona) message

Sinhala (සිංහල) message

Somali (Af-Soomaali) message

Tamil (தமிழ்) message

Thai (ภาษาไทย) message


The Ethnic Communities Development Fund grants $4.2 million each year to projects that support ethnic communities to grow their skills, celebrate their culture, and take part in society.

Due to COVID-19, the priorities of the fund have changed. The new priorities are:

  1. Alternative means of staying socially connected – for example online community activities that relate to fitness, faith, recreation, languages or community learning.
  2. Employment initiatives – for example supporting community members to find jobs, or providing advice to businesses.
  3. Community resilience and recovery – for example projects and initiatives that support the wellbeing of community members.

Groups from any ethnic community are eligible to apply. This includes migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as: African; Asian; Continental European; Latin American; or Middle Eastern.

If your group has legal status – like a trust or incorporated society – you can apply for over $10,000. Groups without this status can apply for up to $10,000. You can also apply for more than one project a year.

For information on how to make an application, and a list of tips for writing a successful application please visit the “Fund” page of the Office of Ethnic Communities website. You can also contact a Community Advisor if you have any questions or need help with your application.

Applications are always open – you can apply any time. 

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