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What we do not fundLottery Community Facilities Committee Te Tahua Hapori Ngā Whakaurunga

Lottery grants may not be used for any of these activities:

  • repaying or servicing debt

  • refinancing loans, deposits or underwriting projects

  • commercial, political and/or religious activities, including employment and/or business projects, commercial businesses, political advocacy or projects that seek to change legislation

  • fundraising activities and projects for raising funds, or for training or employing fundraisers

  • projects that redistribute funding to others

  • overseas aid or disaster relief

  • services for alcohol and drug treatment, education and support

  • medical expenses, operations, treatments or projects to buy major items of health equipment

  • capital investments or trust funds

  • projects that were finished or items that were bought before the closing date for funding requests.

Lottery Community Facilities also does not fund:

  • building projects or equipment purchases costing less than $30,000 (requests for minor capital works like these should be made to Lottery Community)

  • individual people

  • activities not directly related to building or improving a community facility, such as:

    • corporate boxes and hospitality suites
    • roading and car parks that aren’t on the that aren’t on the community facility’s land
    • housing projects for individuals, including resthome projects
    • landscaping
  • routine maintenance and operating expenses, such as administration or staffing

  • equipment purchases that are not part of a larger capital works project, are not needed to make a facility functional, or do not contribute to finishing a capital works project (such as sports, computer or art equipment, or musical instruments)

  • purchases of bare land.

Costs that are out of scope for grants for feasibility studies:

  • legal services

  • architectural design (other than early designs for a feasibility study)

  • planning approval

  • fundraising campaign plans

  • business plans

  • feasibility studies that have been finished by the closing date for grant requests.

What does Lottery Community Facilities fund?