28 Sep 2015

Government opens new round of 'settling in' refugee funding

11:45 am on 28 September 2015

The government has opened a new round of funding for not-for-profit organisations working with refugees and recent migrants.

Settling In grants are designed to support local communities which help new arrivals integrate into the community and New Zealand as a whole.

The government announced earlier this month that it would accept 600 Syrian refugees over the next two-and-a-half years, in addition to its annual quota of 750.

Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said it was important community organisations were supported to identify any settlement challenges, and to help determine the best solutions at a grassroots level.

Applications for Settling In funding close at the end of October.