Six Indian community groups in New Zealand received a grant from the new Ethnic Communities Development Fund. The associations successful in receiving the grant this year are the Northland Indian Association Inc, New Plymouth Indian Community Inc, Indian Social and Cultural Club Christchurch, NZ Telugu Association, NZ Tamil Senior Citizens Org, and New Zealand India Central Association (NZICA).
While NZICA was the recipient of the largest grant of $25,000, the others were successful in receiving grants of $5000 each.
The contestable fund is aimed at improving New Zealand’s social cohesion and supporting the development of established and emerging ethnic communities. (more…)
Minister for Ethnic Communities Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced the opening of the funding round for the new Ethnic Communities Development Fund (ECDF).
“The new contestable fund provides $520,000 annually to enable ethnic communities to be stronger, more cohesive and resilient. It is important that all ethnic people have a sense of belonging and participation in New Zealand,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
The priorities of the fund are to support leadership development, social cohesion and cultural events.
“The ECDF replaces the Settling In Fund and is designed to better support the ongoing needs of ethnic people,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
“The fund promotes diversity and inclusiveness through ethnic communities. It also supports two key government strategies – the New Zealand Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy and the Refugee Resettlement Strategy.” (more…)
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