Helping New Zealand build strong communities

Lottery Community Te Tahua Whakatinana Papakāinga

Kaupapa / Purpose
Whakatakanga / Mission
Relationship with Māori
Funding for outcomes
Key application criteria
Funding priorities
Should you make a grant request to a regional or national committee?
How much to apply for
Requesting a grant

You can make a request for Lottery Community using the new online system, please check Important Dates for opening and closing dates.

Kaupapa / Purpose 

Lottery Community funding is available for projects, activities, resources or services that have a community or social service focus, and which help connect communities, improve well-being and the quality of people’s lives.

Whakatakanga / Mission 

Lottery Community’s mission is to enhance the well-being of New Zealanders and their communities.

Relationship with Māori

E whakatau ana te Tahua Whakatinana Papakāinga i ngā hiahia me ngā tūmanako o te Māori me o rātou kawa.

Lottery Community recognises the aspirations and needs of Māori, and their protocols.

Funding for outcomes

The Lottery Grants Board aims to maximise the community benefits of Lottery grants by focusing grant decision making on outcomes. For more information see Outcomes-focused decision making.

Grant requests need to contribute to at least one of the following:

  • Support volunteers
  • Enable people to help themselves
  • Promote community wellbeing and address disadvantage
  • Promote community participation, inclusion and identity.

Organisations making Lottery Community requests need to demonstrate the following:

  • their focus on achieving their own outcomes
  • their work together with others to achieve common community outcomes
  • how they are responsive to the communities they serve.

The move to an outcomes focus is reflected in the layout and questions used in the new online request form. You can review these changes here.

Guidance on implementing an outcomes approach.

Key application criteria

Requests should align with at least one of the following, as well as the relevant Lottery Community and committee funding priorities:

  • Enhance capability and increase capacity amongst applicants and the community
  • Mitigate community organisation funding gaps
  • Have regards to the needs and aspirations of Māori
  • Consider the needs of older people, Pacific people and other ethnic  communities, women and youth, people with disabilities

Funding priorities

Priority for funding is given to projects, activities, resources or services that best meet the overall priorities of the fund and/or the priorities of the distribution committees.

Overall funding priorities

  • parents/family/whānau
  • youth development programmes
  • enhancing the quality of life of older people in the community
  • violence prevention
  • new migrants/refugees
  • people with a long-term/significant disability or illness
  • people who are considered to be at risk or disadvantaged

Lottery Grants Board set priority

In 2013 the Lottery Grants Board determined that enhancing digital literacy is a priority for all relevant committees, this includes all Lottery Community committees.

Committee priorities

Each distribution committee has identified local priorities which address the unique needs of their area. These priorities can be found at Funding Priorities of Lottery Community Committees 

Should you make a grant request to a regional or national committee?

Lottery Community distributes grants through a national committee and 11 regional committees.

You need to apply to the national committee if you are

  • a national organisation
  • an organisation making a grant request for a project or service with a nationwide benefit
  • if your grant request benefits two or more regions, your grant request should be made to the National Community Committee.

You need to apply to a regional committee if you are

  • delivering a project or service which will be carried out totally in one of our regions or a majority of the benefit will occur there
  • independent branches of national organisations (ie: each branch is a separate legal entity), and are making an application for a project or service with a regional benefit.

How much to apply for

There is no limit to the amount that your organisation can apply for. However, because of pressure on funds, Lottery Community is rarely able to provide funding to the level requested and is more likely to consider only a contribution towards the project.

Each year Lottery Community receives requests totalling well in excess of what is available to distribute. Due to this over subscription, committees make decisions for funding based on the merits of each application and its ability to meet the priorities and outcomes of the fund within the limits of the funding available.

Before making a request for funding you may wish to review the previous year’s budget allocation and average grant size for the committee you are seeking funding from. You can find this information in the Lottery Grants Board’s Annual Reports 

Legal status requirements

Grants over $10,000 may only be approved to organisations with legal entity status. Legal entity status includes, but is not limited to, incorporated societies, Trusts registered under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, companies with charitable purposes, local authorities, school boards of trustees and/or Māori trust boards in accordance with the Maori Trust Boards Act 1955.

Registration with Department of Internal Affairs Charities Services does not confer a legal status.

Grants to organisations without legal entity status are limited to a total of not more than $10,000 from all Lottery committees in any one financial year (The Lottery Grants Board’s financial year is from 1 July to 30 June).

Exception: An organisation with no legal entity status may be granted more than $10,000 if:

  • It is a branch of a national organisation that has legal entity status, and the grant agreement and results reports are co-signed by a person from the national body with authority to sign on its behalf. The financial information requirements are those that apply to the body with the legal status.
  • An organisation with which it is collaborating undertakes to be responsible for the financial expenditure and benefits achieved by the project or activity by countersigning the grant agreement and results report.

Requesting a grant