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What should be in place when we make a request to the Lottery Significant Projects Fund?

Grant requests to this Fund must show that:

  • you already have at least one-third of the total costs of the project
  • the project will be managed by a suitably qualified person, with relevant skills and experience in managing projects of this size and scope
  • all resource consent requirements have been met (note that building consent approval is likely to be a condition for a grant for a project that requires a building consent).

Which funds need partnership funding?

Requests made for project grants to:

will only be funded if you can show that you already have one-third of the total project costs available.

You do not need partnership funding if your grant request is for a plan, feasibility study or report.

It is better to wait until you meet the requirement for partnership funding before you request a grant. (There are two funding rounds for each fund each year.)

What can partnership funding include?

Partnership funding may include:

  • cash donations you’ve received
  • confirmed sponsorship amounts
  • grants made towards your project by others (apart from any Lottery grants)
  • funds your organisation has already raised and tagged for your project, including loans
  • evidence of what you have spent on or invested in project-related work, such as the cost of securing resource consent (if paid for within two years of requesting the grant)
  • the value of any land owned or acquired for the project, provided that:
    • the land is specifically for the project
    • you provide a current certificate of title
    • you provide a certificate from a registered valuer or a record of the rateable value.

What is not seen as partnership funding?

The following are not seen as partnership funding contributions:

  • the value of any debt secured against the land at the request date
  • previous Lottery grants
  • unconfirmed or promised funds, including pledges and debentures you have not received
  • offers to donate labour or materials
  • the value of donated goods and services
  • the value of any voluntary labour
  • the value of any discounts.

What documents are required for a Lottery Significant Projects Fund grant request?

Grant requests must also include:

  • a feasibility study 
  • any other reports required for the project, such as a seismic assessment report or specialist reports for natural heritage, physical heritage or cultural heritage projects
  • a project plan and detailed timeline
  • a budget for the total project, showing both the anticipated income and expenditure, and evidence to support the cost of your project, such as a quantity surveyor’s report, or a signed contract for the work, or three written quotes
  • concept drawings or floor plans
  • evidence of local government support
  • evidence of regional or national community support
  • for organisations that are not the landowner:
    • evidence of support for the project from the legal owner
    • proof that the public will have ongoing access.

What information do we need to provide about our organisation to support a Lottery Significant Projects Fund grant request?

You need to make sure your organisation profile in our online system is up-to-date and meets the requirements for organisations requesting a grant and supporting document requirements for organisations

This includes ensuring we can access your current annual financial statements or performance report, either online or saved as supporting documents uploaded to your organisation profile. The financial information requirements are here

Your request will not be considered if the information we need about your organisation has not been completed or updated on your profile at the time you request the grant.