Helping New Zealand build strong communities


What Lottery Environment and Heritage does not fund

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 purposes, including employment and/or business initiatives, commercial enterprises, political advocacy or projects which seek to change legislation
  • fund-raisers and projects for raising funds, or for the training or employment of fundraisers
  • projects to 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 completed or items purchased before the closing date for the funding round.

Lottery Environment and Heritage also does not fund:

  • projects to conserve, restore or protect privately or commercially owned land, buildings, structures and/or large built objects
  • projects to plan, develop or create historic gardens
  • routine maintenance that is not part of a larger restoration project
  • individual people, including projects undertaken as part of a university qualification
  • projects to landscape or beautify an area, that do not have a conservation, restoration or educational value
  • operating expenses, such as administration, staffing, or ordinary upkeep and maintenance
  • projects to build or restore historic replicas, including copies of vehicles, equipment or buildings
  • projects to install or upgrade services such as kitchens or toilets that are not part of larger construction or restoration projects
  • purchases of bare land
  • recycling schemes or related projects
  • research projects (but requests for applied research that show a clear community benefit may be considered)
  • reunions.

Costs that are out of scope for plans, studies and reports:

The following costs will not be funded by the Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee:

  • legal services
  • architectural design (other than preliminary designs to inform a feasibility study)
  • planning approval
  • fundraising campaign plans
  • business plans
  • feasibility studies that have been completed by the funding round closing date.

Natural heritage projects, plans and reports

Physical heritage projects, plans and reports

Cultural heritage projects, plans and reports

Feasibility studies