• Ethnic Communities Development Fund - 2019 addition

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    Government has agreed to a $1million one-off additional funding round to the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. This is part of the Government's response to the recent attacks in Christchurch.

    The fund is now open.

    There is no closing date for this Fund. It will remain open until the total amount of $1 million has been allocated.

    Funding is applicable to projects started on or after 15 March 2019.

  • Additional funding for Ethnic Communities Development Fund now open

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    The Government has announced an increase to the Ethnic Communities Development Fund following the 15 March terror attacks.

    Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa announced on 13 April 2019 that the Fund, which supports initiatives that aim to improve New Zealand’s social cohesion and development of our ethnic communities, will receive an immediate uplift of $1 million.

    “The Fund is now open to new applications. It will give affected communities the power to develop and lead their own projects alongside other Government initiatives,” says Minister Salesa.

  • Minister announces measures to support communities affected by terror attack

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    The Government has announced a range of measures to support ethnic communities affected by the 15 March terror attacks.

    Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa announced on 13 April 2019 that she will co-host a series of meetings across the country with key Muslim leaders.

  • Sport Waitakere works to increase diversity in sports clubs

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    Sport Waitakere Trust’s Diverse Westies project aims to support West Auckland sports clubs to create welcoming environments for all participants. It is one of the initiatives receiving funding from our 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.

  • 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.

  • MOKAA: The Land of Opportunity

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    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.

  • 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

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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.