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What we fund Lottery Community Sector ResearchTe Tahua Rangahau mo ngā Hapori

The Lottery Community Sector Research Committee provides grants for research or evaluation projects by, with and for a community. Projects may include both research and evaluation, or focus on just one.

Research involves using a planned process to find answers to questions in your community, hapū or iwi.

Evaluation involves looking at the quality or value of a project or service, to find out if you are achieving your intended outcomes.

Organisations requesting grants need to show how their project will provide public benefits and:

  • help organisations to plan and do research for the community, hapū or iwi they serve
  • grow and improve understanding of their community, hapū or iwi
  • improve their ability to research
  • apply new knowledge from research to how community, hapū or iwi organisations operate, or
  • support Māori-centred and kaupapa Māori research.

Funding for outcomes

Outcomes are all the changes, benefits, learning and effects that happen, or start to happen, as a result of community activities, projects or services.

The Lottery Community Sector Research Committee wants to achieve these kinds of outcomes from research or evaluation projects:

  • organisations operate well in outcomes-focused environments, developing goals and measures by, with and for their communities, hapū or iwi.
  • New Zealand communities have enough information from research to take up opportunities or address problems, and help build strong, sustainable communities, hapū and iwi.

Requests for grants are more likely to be funded if the need for the research or evaluation project and the benefits or outcomes for your organisation, sector or your community, hapū or iwi are clearly shown.

Follow this link for more information about the Lottery Grants Board’s approach to community outcomes.


Requests for grants should show an understanding of good practice research and evaluation principles and proper planning for the proposed research or evaluation activities.

Requests should also show how your project will:

  • help address community priorities or needs, particularly for disadvantaged communities or minority groups
  • benefit more than one organisation, geographic community or community of interest
  • provide learning and development benefits for those involved in the research and for the community, hapū or iwi organisation doing the research
  • involve community organisations or communities, hapū and iwi working together
  • help build the community’s ability to do research
  • use new or original ideas.

When preparing a grant request, you need to describe the research or evaluation methods you will use, and name the organisations and/or people who will be involved in the project and their roles.

What we may fund

The Committee prefers requests that show the research or evaluation project is well designed and has enough planning and resources for the research and/or evaluation project to succeed.

These are examples of research or evaluation projects that may be funded:

  • a strengths or needs analysis, to identify the strengths and assets in communities, hapū or iwi, or to identify needs or gaps in services
  • an evaluation to show how you could improve your services, or ways to achieve better outcomes for the people or communities you serve
  • research using a particular type of theory, such as kaupapa Māori research
  • developing resources based on best practice or lessons learnt, such as guidelines for community organisations to use in their work with refugees and migrants
  • combined research by community organisations and/or hapū or iwi organisations.

Previous Lottery Community Sector Research grants are listed here: Previous Grants

Examples of completed research projects are available on

What we do not fund

Research and evaluation
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