Ethnic Communities Development Fund

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - 2018 Successful recipients

    Below is a list of successful applicants for the 2018 Ethnic Communities Development Fund.

  • Live Your Dream – Ethnic Women in Entrepreneurship

    From Left to right next to Hetal Parmar - Cake Lounge, Shaila Bhatt - Smart Drive and Vanessa Gutierrez Maciel - Elderly IT

    What links a cupcake business, an ethnic driving school for women and an IT support and training service for the elderly?  These businesses all began with the Women Entrepreneurship Centre’s Live Your Dream workshops.

    The Women Entrepreneurship Centre, supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund, created the Live Your Dream workshops as leadership development courses for ethnic women. 

  • Supporting Active Citizenship

    The team at SPLICE

    SPLICE, an Auckland-based movement aimed at connecting communities, has recently been supported by the Ethnic Communities Development Fund to launch Active Citizens in New Zealand.

    Active Citizens is a social leadership programme developed by the British Council.  The programme aims to build skills in intercultural awareness, problem-solving and positive community engagement. The programme has connected over 50 countries, and helped launch over 7,500 community-based social action projects.

  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

    Image taken in 1922 of gathering of Indians at Grafton Bridge Auckland

    The Office of Ethnic Communities is proud to have funded ‘MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity - 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa’. Curated by the New Zealand Indian Central Association, this exhibition tells the story from the first Indian presence to pioneering settlers to established communities in New Zealand.

  • Applications are now open

    Image of attendees at a seminar

    Applications for the Office of Ethnic Communities Ethnic Communities Development Fund are now open and close on 27 September 2016. There will be one funding round a year. The Ethnic Communities Development Fund replaces what was previously known as Settling In Funding.

    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund distributes $520,000 each year to community organisations for initiatives that increase awareness and understanding of their ethnic community, or to promote leadership and social cohesion.