Minister's Update - July 2017

Image of Minister for Ethnic Communities, Hon Judith Collins

It has been a busy and successful few weeks in the Ethnic Communities portfolio.

Firstly, EPIC on 30 June was a fantastic event with more than 300 attendees from business and ethnic communities. I attended the MOKAA exhibition on 1 July to celebrate 125 years of Indian settlement in New Zealand. Finally, Eid was celebrated at Parliament on 5 July and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to support social cohesion and acknowledge the Muslim community’s contribution to New Zealand.

And in August, many of us will celebrate the South Indian festival of Onam. Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala.

I am pleased to announce that the funding round for 2018 projects for the Ethnic Communities Development Fund (ECDF) opens on 16 August.

The ECDF provides $520,000 annually to enable not for profit groups to apply for projects that improve social cohesion and support ethnic communities.

Projects must fall into one of three categories:

  • Social cohesion - $300,000 available
  • Leadership development - $100,000 available
  • Cultural celebrations and events - $70,000 available

An additional $50,000 is available as a flexible allocation towards any of these three categories.

The fund received 134 requests totalling around $2.7 million last year, with 62 groups receiving funding for projects such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and an African film festival.

More information on the ECDF, including how to apply, can be found on the Office of Ethnic Communities website.