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What does Lottery Environment and Heritage fund?

What we fund

Lottery Environment and Heritage provides grants for plans, reports and one-off projects that will protect, conserve and promote New Zealand’s natural, cultural and physical heritage.

  • Natural heritage projects promote, protect and/or keep our native plants (flora) and animal life (fauna) safe from harm
  • Physical heritage projects restore, protect and/or conserve places, structures and large built objects that are important to our history
  • Cultural heritage projects conserve, protect and/or promote collections and stories that are important to our cultural heritage and identity.

Funding for outcomes

Organisations receiving grants are expected to demonstrate how their projects will benefit the community, and contribute to:

  • increasing our access to New Zealand’s cultural heritage;
  • preserving and protecting New Zealand’s natural environment; or
  • preserving New Zealand’s history for future generations.

More information on the Lottery Grants Board’s approach to achieving community benefits and outcomes through funding


Grant decisions are made by the Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee. Before deciding, the committee looks at how your project will help to:

Natural heritage:

  • protect and restore habitats and ecosystems for native plants or animals
  • protect and conserve native plants or animals that are rare, in danger or at risk in their habitats
  • improve public access and information about native plants and animals.

Physical heritage:

  • restore and protect places, structures or large built objects of significance to our history
  • protect and conserve a place, structure or large built object for the future
  • improve public access and information about places, structures or large built objects of significance to our history

Cultural heritage:

  • protect collections that are at risk of being damaged or lost
  • make collections available to the community
  • improve public access and information, particularly for young people to learn about and experience our cultural heritage
  • conserve and protect moveable cultural property, such as photographs, paintings, furniture and other artefacts.

The Committee prefers requests for projects that show appropriate project and/or conservation planning has happened to support the type of project to be undertaken. You also need to show your project will meet best practice professional standards for the protecting, preserving, restoring, conserving and/or displaying:

  • our natural world, and the native plants and animals that live in it
  • places, structures or large built objects of proven heritage significance
  • collections or moveable cultural property of proven heritage significance.

Small and large projects

Lottery Environment and Heritage makes grants for:

  • small projects, where the grant requested is for less than $250,000
  • large projects, where the grant requested is for $250,000 or more.
  • a one-off project may be:
    - a discrete stage of a larger, ongoing project; or
    - a single, stand-alone project.

All grant requests must be supported by:

  • a detailed project budget
  • two letters of support from organisations within the community
  • a professional independent endorsement, appropriate to the type of project proposed

For more information on the types of projects, plans or reports that may be funded and any additional requirements that may apply, go to:

Natural heritage projects, plans and reports

Physical heritage projects, plans and reports

Cultural heritage projects, plans and reports

Also check for any additional supporting information or documents you need to provide to for your grant request to be assessed as complete. Grants may only be used for the costs of the project, or study, plan or report described in the grant request and may not be used for the organisation’s operating costs. Other excluded costs are listed on What Lottery Environment and Heritage does not fund.