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Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund Te Tahua Mā Te Minita Anō Te Tohatoha

Kaupapa / Purpose
What the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund supports
What the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund is unlikely to support
How much to apply for
Requesting a grant

Kaupapa / Purpose

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund accepts applications from individuals and groups for community projects that fall outside the scope of the other Lottery distribution committees. The other Lottery distribution committees cover a wide range of community purposes and you should check these before making an application to the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund.

Projects that are the responsibility other Lottery distribution committees cannot be funded by the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund.

What the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund supports

Overseas travel

Generally these applications include assistance towards the airfare, accommodation and incidental travel costs to enable one representative to attend an event/conference overseas for the benefit of the New Zealand community or a significant sector of the New Zealand community.

Volunteer fire-fighting services

If a grant is approved it is likely that it would only be a small contribution towards a one-off project.  Applicants must demonstrate how the grant will benefit the community and will be required to show evidence that the group is not able to access funding from the National Rural Fire Authority, or the New Zealand Fire Service.

Animal welfare

Applicants would need to demonstrate the benefit to the community from their animal welfare project.

There may be other projects that fall outside the Lottery distribution committees’ purposes, but currently only these purposes above have been identified.

Training for financial planning and/or good governance

This priority may fund a contribution towards costs for representatives from community groups to attend training, or a contribution towards the costs for a trainer to conduct in-house training for a community organisation on the subject of financial planning and/or good governance.

Community organisations must be able to demonstrate the benefit to the community from their organisation, or a member of their organisation undertaking training in this area.

Please note: There is a supplementary application form which must be completed alongside the application form for applications under this priority.

What the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund is unlikely to support

The following purposes have been identified as a low priority

  • educational and/or cultural exchanges overseas, where there is no demonstrable benefit for the wider New Zealand community or a significant sector of the community
  • sporting projects
  • arts projects

Projects eligible for funding from another Lottery distribution committee are not eligible for funding from the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

If a project falls within another Lottery distribution committee’s sector of responsibility but that committee has a policy that this project is ineligible, this does not make the application eligible for a grant from the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

How much to apply for

There is no limit to the amount that you or your organisation can apply for.  However, because of high demands on limited funds, the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund is rarely able to provide funding to the level requested and is more likely to consider a contribution towards the project. 

The amount of funding granted is at the Minister’s discretion. It depends on the funds available and the number and quality of the applications received.

Regardless of the amount applied for, grants over $10,000 can only be made to groups that have legal status.

Grants to groups without legal status are limited to a total from all Lottery Grants Board distribution committees of no more than $10,000 to any group in any financial year.

The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board financial year is 1 July – 30 June.

Applicants are also encouraged to seek other funding bodies that may be able to assist.

Requesting a grant