Helping New Zealand build strong communities


Lottery Grants Ngā Takuhe Rota

Te Whakatakanga / Mission
What we fund
Ongoing and one-off projects
What we do not fund
What we require
Financial requirements
Grant audits
Further help

The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board’s purpose is to benefit the New Zealand community by distributing the profits from state lotteries run by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

Te Whakatakanga / Mission

To ensure empowered communities, community well-being and a sense of nationhood; and to ensure Treaty of Waitangi obligations are fulfilled.


The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board recognises the aspirations and needs of Māori, and their protocols.

E whakatau ana Te Puna Tahua i ngā wawata me ngā hiahia o te iwi Māori, me ō rātou tikanga.

What we fund

All Lottery grants are expected to contribute to one or more of the following fund objectives:

  • supporting volunteers
  • enabling people to help themselves
  • promoting community wellbeing and addressing disadvantage
  • promoting community participation, inclusion and identity.

Ongoing and one-off projects

All projects are welcome whether they are one-off, short term or ongoing.  If a lottery committee supports a project in any particular year, this does not mean that funding will be provided in any subsequent year.

What we do not fund

Lottery grants are not provided for the following:

  • debt repayment or servicing
  • refinancing loans, deposits or underwriting projects
  • commercial, political and/or religious objectives, including employment and/or business initiatives, commercial enterprises, political advocacy or projects which seek to change legislation
  • fund-raisers and projects which seek to raise funds in or for a specific sector, or are involved with the training or employment of fundraisers training for fund-raisers
  • projects which seek to redistribute funding to others
  • overseas aid or disaster relief
  • alcohol and drug treatment, education and support services
  • medical expenses, operations, treatments or the purchase of major items of health equipment
  • capital investment or trust funds
  • retrospective funding for projects or items completed or acquired before the application closing date.

What we require

The Lottery Grants Board is responsible to Parliament, and therefore to every New Zealander, for where and how it distributes Lottery profits, so there are a number of requirements of Lottery grant recipients. 

  • From November 2014, these requirements are set out in an online agreement which fully discloses any terms and conditions, and all reporting requirements associated with the grant offer.
  • From June 2016, for Lottery Community, these terms and conditions will need to be accepted with the terms and conditions when making a grant request.

Using the grant

  • A grant may be used only for the purpose for which it was given, and the recipient must meet any conditions the committee may decide on.
  • A recipient must request prior approval online from the committee that made the grant to use a grant for a purpose different from that approved.
  • Funds left over from a grant must be returned to the Lottery Grants Board. Provision is made for reporting on unspent grant monies on the online report.
  • A recipient must repay any grant monies spent on anything other than the purpose approved by a committee.

Promoting Lottery Grants Board support

Grants must acknowledge the Lottery Grants Board's support in any publicity materials, such as event programmes or annual reports. Where a building project has been assisted, involving grant funding of more than $30,000, a plaque may be provided to be displayed prominently on the facility.

Grant audits

The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board seeks assurance that Lottery grants are benefiting New Zealand communities through a grant audit programme. Each year a certain number of grant recipients are selected for auditing. Audits are also carried out on grant recipients who do not submit required accountability reports or where other concerns have been raised about how the grant is being, or has been, spent.

Further help

If you need assistance or advice about our grants, or making a grant request, please read the information pages. 

If you cannot find the information you are looking for then contact us and an advisor will help you.

You can email your question to or you can contact us on 0800 824 824 for assistance. 

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