Applications are now closed for the Ethnic Communities Digital Inclusion Fund.

The Fund aims to ensure ethnic communities can use digital technology to take part in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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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
  • Latin American
  • Middle Eastern

Groups with legal status (includes trusts and incorporated societies) can apply for over $10,000. Groups without legal status can apply for up to $10,000.

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How to make an application

You will need to fill in a funding application(external link).

Your project must support the purpose and at least one of the priorities of the fund. It must also align with the evaluation framework. Applications have now closed. Decisions will be made after the closing date, and fund applicants will be notified of the outcome in June.


The Fund aims to ensure ethnic communities can fully participate in Aotearoa New Zealand by increasing their confidence using digital technologies.


The priorities of the Fund are to ensure that our communities:

  • have the skills and digital know-how to use digital technology and the internet in ways that are appropriate and beneficial;
  • are motivated to understand how digital technology and the internet can help them connect, learn or access opportunities;
  • trust the internet and online services and have the confidence and digital literacy to manage personal information.

The Fund is worth a total of $200,000 and applications are open until 11:59pm on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

We will give significance to:

  • Applications that show collaboration with other organisations or community groups
  • Ethnic community-led projects and initiatives that can prove the benefits to one or more of the following groups:
    • not in education or training, or unemployed
    • People living with a disability
    • Women
    • New migrants/former-refugees (in New Zealand less than 5 years)
    • Offenders and ex-offenders

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What else you need to know

Project Evaluation

Successful applicants will need to evaluate their projects/initiatives against one or more priorities of the Fund.

We have developed the evaluation framework to provide more details on the priorities.

Your project/initiative must cover at least one priority, and it should address one or more aspect. Please see the ‘How we will measure this’ section of the evaluation framework.

If your project is training

This applies if your project involves delivering a training programme to participants.

We have designed a pre and post self-assessment tool for participants in your programme to fill out. The questionnaires will help you estimate your participants’ skill level in digital technology. It will also enable us to understand the impact of your project. Please include aggregated data from the completed questionnaires in your final report to us.

Pre Assessment tool - Word [DOCX, 147 KB] or PDF [PDF, 195 KB]

Post Assessment tool - Word [DOCX, 57 KB] or PDF [PDF, 201 KB]

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Final report

Successful applications will need to complete the Final report (Word [DOCX, 148 KB] or PDF [PDF, 180 KB]) to let us know how the project went and the achievements.

Please note we do not fund:

  • Applications focused on ‘Access’ including accessibility of content, affordability of devices and connection, and connectivity (having the infrastructure).
  • Applications that better fit under the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.
  • Multiple applications from one applicant
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grants for capital works
  • Already completed projects
  • Debt repayment
  • Activities intended to generate profit
  • Businesses for profit, political goals, or religious ministry
  • Projects to raise money
  • Alcohol or similar substances

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Get help with your application

For help with your application, please contact a Community Advisor:

Projects we have funded

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