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Lottery Outdoor Safety Te Tahua Whakaruru-hau

Kaupapa / Purpose
Whakatakanga / Mission
Relationship with Māori
What we fund
What we do not fund
Funding priorities
Who can apply?
Funding for outcomes
How much to apply for
Requesting a grant
Guidance notes

You can make a request for Lottery Outdoor Safety Committee using the new online system, please check Important Dates for opening and closing dates.

Kaupapa / Purpose

The Lottery Outdoor Safety Committee provides funding for outdoor and water safety activity, which includes search and rescue activity, undertaken by organisations that have outdoor or water safety as their core business.

Whakatakanga / Mission

To enhance water and outdoor safety for New Zealand communities.

Relationship with Māori

Lottery Outdoor Safety recognises the aspirations and needs of Māori, and their protocols.

E whakatau ana te Tahua Whakaruru-hau i ngā hiahia me ngā tūmanako o te Māori me o rātou kawa.

What we fund

  • Activity, resource and programme costs
  • Administration costs
  • Search and rescue equipment / services
  • Domestic travel costs
  • Salaries
  • Training and supervision costs
  • Information collection
  • Regional and national gatherings or events
  • Volunteer costs and expenses
  • Community awareness
  • Air-based rescue services
  • Minor capital works projects (with a total cost of up to $30,000)

For a more detailed explanation of the above items, please see the guidance notes.

What we do not fund

In addition to those items, services and projects not funded by any Lottery committee, the Lottery Outdoor Safety Committee does not fund

  • vechicle purchase, insurance, and repairs and maintenance costs, which includes  vehicle leases
  • urban search and rescue (i.e. services and equipment concerned with urban emergencies, such as the location and rescue of people trapped following a structural collapse arising for example from a building collapse or as a result of a major landslide or earthquake, or those involving specialist task forces such as Civil Defence and local community volunteer rescue teams)
  • general accident prevention, personal safety programmes and projects out of doors (i.e. outside buildings), playground safety, road safety or road accident prevention
  • activity seeking to promote commercial, political or religious objectives, including political advocacy, employment and/or business initiatives and commercial enterprises
  • major capital works building projects.  This includes the purchase of land or buildings, and the construction or extensive alteration, repair, or maintenance of buildings costing over $30,000 in total.

Funding priorities

The Lottery Outdoor Safety Committee prioritises applications based on how well they will achieve the desired Committee outcome: enhanced water and outdoor safety for New Zealand communities.

In particular, priority is given to funding activity that will deliver:

  • a more capable and effective outdoor safety sector
    • Increased collaboration in the sector, including sharing knowledge and resources, with minimal duplication. 
    • Effective leadership from within the sector. 
    • Continued investment in the core functions of the organisations. 
    • Investment in sector training, to increase capability of the sector and volunteers. 
    • Invest in updating and renewing equipment to ensure organisations are equipped to deal with incidents.
  • an increase in New Zealanders’, and outdoor users’, outdoor safety knowledge and skills.
    • Increased community knowledge and skills through visible community education and awareness. 
    • Sharing best practices and knowledge within the sector. 
    • Increased uptake in community education relating to outdoor safety.

Lottery encourages collaboration between community organisations through accepting joint applications from organisations that are not legally related. However, a grant will not be made to an umbrella organisaton that, at its own discretion, seeks to redistribute grant monies. A grant application for a collaborative project, programme and/or activity must show a clear project/programme/activity management structure that specifies the responsibilities of the various parties for delivering the intended benefits, for accounting for grant expenditure, and for the project/programme/activity outcomes.

Who can apply?

Lottery Outdoor Safety makes grants to not-for-profit organisations that have outdoor safety and water safety as their main purpose.

For the purposes of Lottery funding 'outdoor safety' refers to safety in remote outdoor regions 'past the road end', such as mountains, bush areas or caves, and which may involve recreational groups such as trampers, hunters, cavers or climbers.

'Water safety' refers to safety on or in lakes, rivers, waterways, the sea or swimming pools, involving water sports, water-based activities, and boating.

Lottery Outdoor Safety is not the appropriate Committee for applications from organisations that do not have water safety or outdoor safety as their main purpose, but which seek funds for projects that have an incidental water safety or outdoor safety component (such as a community swimming pool seeking the costs of pool attendants). Lottery Community may be a more appropriate avenue to consider, as it provides funding for community projects that primarily have a community development or social service focus.

Funding for outcomes

The committee will seek evidence of how short-term results will contribute to the achievement of long-term community goals. The overarching consideration for a lottery distribution committee is the extent to which the activity a Lottery grant will fund will enable and/or influence the grant applicant to:

  • achieve its objectives;
  • work with others to achieve common desired community outcomes; and/or
  • be responsive to the community it serves.

For more information see Outcomes-focused decision making.

How much to apply for

There is no limit to the amount that your organisation can apply for.  However, because of pressure on funds, Lottery Outdoor Safety is rarely able to provide funding to the level requested and is more likely to consider only a contribution towards the activity for which funding is requested.`

The Committee is less likely to fund activity that it is not aligned to its funding priorities.

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 encouraged to seek other funding bodies that may be able to assist, and/or seek economies of scale, or other efficiencies, by collaborating with other organisations addressing a similar need.

Requesting a grant