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Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

These are examples of research or evaluation projects that may be funded:

  • a strengths or needs analysis, to identify the strengths and assets in communities, hapū or iwi, or to identify needs or gaps in services
  • an evaluation to show how you could improve your services, or ways to achieve better outcomes for the people or communities you serve
  • research using a particular type of theory, such as kaupapa Māori research
  • combined research by community organisations and/or hapū or iwi organisations.

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

The Lottery Community Sector Research outcomes are:

  • community and voluntary sector organisations are operating well in outcomes-focused environments, developing goals and measures by, with and for their communities, hapū or iwi.
  • New Zealand communities have enough information from research to take up opportunities or address problems, and help build strong, sustainable communities, hapū and iwi.

Organisations requesting grants need to show how their project will provide public benefits and:

  • help organisations to plan and do research for the community, hapū or iwi they serve
  • grow and improve understanding of their community, hapū or iwi
  • apply new knowledge from research to how community, hapū or iwi organisations operate.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Priority for Lottery Community Sector Research funding is given to projects that:

  • provide a benefit directly to the community, and;
  • help address community priorities or needs, particularly for disadvantaged communities or minority groups, and/or;
  • support community hapū or iwi led development initiatives, and/or
  • benefit more than one organisation, geographic community or community of interest,

and ideally also:

  • involve community organisations or communities, hapū and iwi working together, and/or
  • build community knowledge or research skills. 


What a Lottery Community Sector Research request must include

A request for Lottery Community Sector Research grant needs to show that:

  • it addresses needs identified by the community 
  • the community will participate in the project 
  • the results will be of benefit to the wider community.

Requests should also:

  • show an understanding of good practice research and evaluation principles
  • show proper planning and adequate resources for the proposed research or evaluation activities
  • describe the research or evaluation methods you will use
  • name the organisations and/or people who will be involved in the project and their roles
  • Requests are more likely to be funded if the need for the research or evaluation project and the benefits or outcomes for your organisations, sector or your community, hapū or iwi are clearly shown.

For more information on ethics, evaluation principles and good practice, follow the links below:

Link to Research for Development Impact Network's 'Principles and Guidelines for Ethical Research and Evaluation

Link to Community Research's 'Code of Practice'

For further information about good practice in community research, you can visit 'What Works' here

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund

Lottery Community Sector Research will not fund research and evaluation projects that:

  • have not come from community organisations, or from communities, hapū or iwi
  • are made by individuals
  • do not follow good practice research and evaluation 
  • will not benefit New Zealand communities
  • will not make their findings public (unless there are special circumstances)
  • are for private courses of study or projects that are part of an educational qualification.

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