Government funding for communities open

Government funding for communities open

Venkat Raman
Auckland, August 17, 2019

(Image from OEC Facebook)

If you are running a not-for-profit or charitable organisation that is involved community and social welfare projects, you may be eligible for government funding.

The Internal Affairs Ministry has just announced the latest round of Ethnic Communities Development Fund, applications for which opened on Friday, August 14, 2019.

Projects that grow the leadership and capability of ethnic groups, improve cultural understanding, and ensure that our ethnic communities are a vibrant and celebrated part of New Zealand could receive funding.

Applications for the $520,000 fund will be accepted until midnight Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Anita Balakrishnan, Director of the Office of Ethnic Communities (OEC) said that the Fund has supported projects such as leadership development for ethnic youth, marae-based activities to build connections between ethnic communities and mana whenua, and exhibitions and festivals showcasing traditions and celebrating diversity.

“We are looking for projects that improve social cohesion, and support emerging and established ethnic communities. It is inspiring when you see first-hand the difference this funding makes for communities. There are many passionate and committed groups across New Zealand, and access to this funding helps them to build their skills and celebrate their culture,” she said.

Ms Balakrishnan said that the OEC plays a key role in supporting ethnic communities to grow stronger, more cohesive and resilient.

“Providing funding through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund is one such way. I encourage anyone who is looking for help to deliver support to their community to look at applying for funding through the Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The OEC can provide support to assist community groups with their applications,” she said.

More information about the fund can be found at

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