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  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

    Contribute to improving New Zealand's social cohesion and support the development of established and emerging ethnic communities - check out the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.Image of people at a conference

  • Previous funding rounds

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    Previous funding rounds success applicants by funding round.

  • 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

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    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.

  • Building Positive Ethnic Community Leaders

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    Each year the Office of Ethnic Communities supports a range of worthy community initiatives through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund.  Last year, we supported Umma Trust to set up a programme to empower refugee Muslim youth to become mentors and role models for refugee children and youth in their local community. This resulted in a number of successful outcomes for youth.

  • Women stand proud

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    Over 200 women signed the Press for Progress letter at the recent International Women’s Day celebration on 8 March 2018, at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - recipients announced

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    The recipients of the Ethnic Communities Development Fund for the 2018 year have been announced. A total of 71 groups received a combined total of $520,000 from the Fund.

    Grants were awarded for activities related to social cohesion, leadership development and cultural events. We received 138 requests for funding, totalling about $2.6 million.

    Check out the full list of recipients.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund

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    The Ethnic Communities Development Fund applications dates for 2017 have been set. The fund will be open for requests on Wednesday 16 August 2017 and close at midnight on Wednesday 27 September 2017. There will be one funding round a year.

    The fund distributes $520,000 each year to community groups for projects to be implemented in 2018. There are three fund priorities, leadership development, social cohesion and cultural events.

  • Celebrations of cultural diversity in Rotorua

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    The Rotorua Multicultural Council receives Ethnic Communities Development Funding from the Office of Ethnic Communities. By making use of the contribution of volunteers and through the generosity of those who provide refreshments at low cost and venues for free, small amounts of money can go a long way when organising events to celebrate the cultural diversity of Rotorua.

  • Applications are now open

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    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.