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Ethnic Communities Violence Prevention

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has recently established The Ethnic Communities Violence Prevention (ECVP) work programme, which is an initiative aimed at addressing violence within ethnic communities.

The work programme includes two significant initiatives:

  • Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund which supports the development and delivery of solutions and prevention activities for diverse ethnic communities at risk of family and sexual violence across Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Trials of a range of family and sexual violence prevention approaches and activities with South Asian communities in Auckland.

Please visit Ethnic Communities Violence Prevention for more information on the trials and other activities related to the programme.

Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund

The Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund (ECIF) is a community innovation fund open to all ethnic groups across Aotearoa New Zealand for the prevention of family and sexual violence.

ECIF aims to promote the safety and wellbeing of ethnic people by supporting community-driven initiatives for preventing family and sexual violence. The funding will support ethnic communities to develop and deliver solutions and activities for safe, healthy, and diverse ethnic families and communities.

ECIF also offers opportunities to pilot a range of family and sexual violence prevention approaches and activities with ethnic communities across Aotearoa. This will grow the evidence base of what works to support the safety and wellbeing of ethnic people.

Applications can be made for funding up to the maximum of $45,000 per organisation for 12 months. This funding is open to all regions across New Zealand.

Further information about who can apply for the ECIF and instructions on how to do so are available in the application form, as well as in the downloadable question and answer sheet.

Download Ethnic Communities Innovation 2023 – Question and Answer sheet

Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund is open for submissions until 9 December 2023.

How to apply for ECIF

If you are interested in applying for ECIF, please:

  • download the application form using the link below
  • send your completed form to before 9 December 2023
  • Include ‘Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund application’ as the subject line when emailing your application.

Please note:

  • We strongly recommend reading both the instructions and the question-and-answer (Q&A) sheet before starting the application process.

The opportunity to submit part of an ECIF application via video or audio recording is available. Full written submissions are also welcome.

Please submit all ECIF applications by 9th December 2023.

Apply for Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund 2023


To find out more about ECIF, please email the MSD team at

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