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Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Te Komiti mo ngā Tāngata Hauā

Lottery Individuals with Disabilities provides funding to people living with disabilities to buy equipment that helps them connect with, take part in and contribute to their communities.

For this fund, a disability refers to a long-term (i.e. six months or longer) limiting condition that affects a person’s ability to participate in the community.

Funding for outcomes

 All lottery grants are expected to have benefits for the wider community. Grant decision-making is based on the benefits or outcomes that may be achieved. Follow this link for more on the Lottery Grants Board’s approach to funding for outcomes.

The outcomes for this fund are that people living with disabilities will be more connected with, able to contribute to and take part in their communities, and that children and young people with disabilities and their families will have better access to their communities. This will result in a better quality of life for people living with disabilities and stronger communities across New Zealand.

People requesting grants need to show how their request supports these outcomes.

What we fund

Lottery Individuals with Disabilities will fund vehicles, vehicle modifications, scooters and other mobility equipment that will provide outdoor mobility.

It also provides grants to people who have disabilities that affect their communication,to buy equipment to help them communicate.

What we do not fund

Lottery Individuals with Disabilities does not fund any of the following:

  • requests from individuals who do not have a disability
  • requests from individuals living with disabilities as a result of an accident who are eligible for support from the Accident Compensation Corporation
  • alterations to any property or buildings
  • items used only at home
  • equipment that the Ministry of Health or any other organisation has agreed to fund (but a grant may be made for any cost over the amount they will fund)
  • items already bought
  • repairs or upkeep of vehicles or equipment.

Lottery grants may not be used for any of the excluded costs listed here.

Requesting a grant

Lottery Individuals with Disabilities is open all year.

To request Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Funding, please download the Request Form on the Forms page.

Email the completed form to with the name of the person the request is for in the email subject line.

Or mail the form to:

Lottery Individuals with Disabilities
PO Box 30 454
Lower Hutt 5040

What happens next?

We will send you an email or letter to tell you we have received your request, and we’ll let you know if we need any more information from you.

The Committee meets every two months. You will be told whether your request has been approved following a Committee meeting.
If approved, grant payments are made directly to equipment suppliers.

If you need more information or support to request a Lottery Individuals with Disabilities grant, please call 0800 824 824.