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Ngā Hua / Outcomes

A Lottery Community committee looks at the outcomes of your project or services and how they will benefit your community and help:

  • support volunteers
  • help people to help themselves
  • promote community wellbeing
  • promote community or cultural identity 
  • support vulnerable people
  • help people feel that they belong and can take part in their community.

Each Lottery Community committee determines the outcomes and priorities it wants to achieve from the investment of the grant money available in its area.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Lottery Community funds organisations that support the needs of:

  • Māori, whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Pacific people and other ethnic communities 
  • older people, women, youth and people with disabilities.

The priorities for Lottery Community are projects, activities, resources or services that focus on:

  • parents/families/whānau
  • children and youth development
  • enhancing the quality of life of older people in the community
  • preventing violence
  • new migrants/refugees
  • people with a long-term/significant disability or illness
  • people who are considered to be at risk or disadvantaged
  • improving people’s knowledge and use of digital technology.

The priorities for the individual Lottery Community committees for the 2018/19 financial year are listed in the table below:

Lottery Community Committee 2018/19 Committee Priorities


  • Māori communities have strong connections, are living well and supporting themselves and others to succeed 

  • Pasifika communities are connected and empowered to support young people, elders and families/fanau

  • Families are supported and strengthened with a focus on reducing child poverty

  • Young people are inspired to increase their confidence and achieve aspirations

  • Local people are empowered to create positive change in their neighbourhoods

Bay of Plenty/Gisborne

  • Māori are achieving their cultural aspirations, and building whānau and hapū capability

  • People, communities and groups are working together to increase their capabilities and reach their potential

  • The wellbeing, safety and quality of life for individuals, whānau, communities and care for the environment is enhanced

  • The rurally and/or socially isolated are connected and engaged


  • Community connections are improved through a community-led development approach

  • Older people have an enhanced quality of life

  • The wellbeing of communities that have been impacted by a significant adverse event is improved

  • People in rural communities have access to services and an improved quality of life

  • Lower priority is given to:

  • grant requests from organisations that receive significant government contract funding or are generally government funded

  • grant requests for activities that take place at school, in school time, and are part of the New Zealand school curriculum

Hawke's Bay

  • The community has wider cultural diversity and improved wellbeing. Priority will be given to requests (with examples) that clearly demonstrate this outcome

  • The local community uses innovative approaches and actively collaborates with others to provide effective and efficient services. Groups requesting funding should provide evidence (with examples) that their services and programmes align with this outcome


  • People in the community have increased opportunities to connect with each other through locally-led activities

  • Programmes, activities or projects focus on the strengths of participants, rather than fix problems, and are led by those who receive benefits from the programmes, activities or projects

  • Increased collaboration (formally working together on a shared single goal) between the community organisation and/or members of the community

  • Māori customs, language, and/or world-view are meaningfully integrated into the community sector and the delivery of services, particularly where the organisation operates with a kaupapa Māori


  • Lottery National Community Committee supports strong and resilient communities. Community development, cultural diversity and social services are enhanced by: 

    • responsive community-led projects, activities and preventative services which meet community needs 

    • innovative, strengths-based approaches which acknowledge and evidence the changing needs of their individual communities, to achieve outcomes

    • collaboration with other organisations in the sharing of resources and a reduction in the duplication of services

    • a meaningful Tikanga Māori bicultural approach, within a multicultural environment, based on mana/respect for all peoples

  • Lower priority is given if a request is:

    • from an organisation with significant reserves

    • for a specific arts, health, education or sports programme that doesn't align with the Lottery Community outcomes


  • The social and physical wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of the community is improved

  • Communities are encouraged to access opportunities that empower people to make positive changes to their lives

  • Cultural identity is recognised, valued and shared

  • Volunteers are recognised, valued and well supported


  • People are engaged and involved in community life

  • There is increased community collaboration between service providers within communities, and duplication of services is reduced

  • Communities are more innovative, resilient and responsive to change and opportunities

  • Positive contributions are made to the life, vibrancy and identity of communities to enhance enjoyment for all its members

  • Rurally isolated communities have increased support

  • Lower priority is given to requests from the following areas:

    • arts

    • sports

    • organisations that receive government funding, but are unable to show community need and benefit over and above their contract

    • organisations that only provide information or whose main service is information


  • Priority is given to:
  • children and young people’s activities are supported

  • people with defined needs are engaged and socially connected

  • cultural diversity across community is enhanced

  • Māori, Pasifika and ethnic community-related projects are supported

  • organisations that demonstrate collaboration, good governance and sound financial management, support for their volunteers and that clearly define their outcomes

  • Lower priority is given to organisations that are substantially government funded or well resourced


  • Communities have established collaborative relationships and partnerships to achieve similar goals

  • Older people participate and contribute to families/whanau and communities

  • Young people engage, participate and add value to their communities

  • Volunteers are recognised and valued, receive training and are well supported

  • Rural, isolated and vulnerable communities have access to quality services, infrastructure and technology

  • The organisation seeks outcomes beyond the value of the grant itself

  • Lower priority will be given to sporting organisations, events and topping-up existing government contracts


  •  Support will be given to social services that are collaborative and contribute to the following outcomes in their community:

    • children and young people are happy, empowered, inspired and engaged

    • vulnerable people are connected and thriving

  • Lower priority will be given to:

    • organisations that currently receive government funding, but are unable to show community need and benefit over and above their contracts

    • organisations and activities that are not integrated into the local community

    • organisations who are sufficiently well resourced (more than 24 months of working capital, unless exceptional circumstances apply)

    • requests for events

    • organisations who do not demonstrate wider community benefit beyond their membership  (e.g. Educational, Arts, Sports)

West Coast/Nelson/Marlborough 

  • Communities are engaged and achieving sustainable, positive outcomes

  • Rurally isolated communities have access to services

  • Communities affected by natural disasters are supported in their recovery

  • Lower priority is given to:

    • organisations that receive significant government contract funding, or are generally government funded

    • activities that take place at school in school time and are part of the New Zealand school curriculum

Important dates for Lottery Community

The next opening and closing dates for Lottery Community requests and the Committee decision meeting date are listed at the link below:

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

Lottery Community grants may be one-off contributions or multi-year grant investments for up to three years, for:

  • ongoing operating costs for existing or expanded services and activities
  • projects beyond an organisation’s day-to-day operations
  • helping to top-up an organisation’s existing funding
  • minor capital works projects valued at $30,000 or less.

Multi-year grants

Organisations are able to apply for grants for one up to a maximum of three years. Multi-year requests can be made for either:

  • ongoing operational costs, which may cover the delivery of existing or expanded services and activities already delivered by the organisation
  • a one-off project, which may cover an initiative that has a definite start and end date and is additional to the normal day-to-day activities carried out by the organisation. 

To be eligible to apply for a multi-year grant an organisation must:

  • be a legal entity
  • have been established for at least two years
  • demonstrate a good grant management history
  • have evidence of good governance and management systems
  • have experience in running a similar service, activity or project for which funding is requested.

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

In addition to what the Lottery Grants Board does not fund, Lottery Community does not fund:

  • individuals
  • research, including: large scale research plans, feasibility studies for capital projects and health research
  • major capital works over $30,000, including project management fees
  • food for food banks
  • alcohol and similar substances, for example kava
  • requests that fit the priorities for the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which include:
    • volunteer fire-fighting services, 
    • overseas travel,
    • animal welfare
    • financial and governance training.

What supporting documents you will need

The only supporting document required for a Lottery Community grant request is a budget, and that your organisation meets financial reporting requirements. Information about these can be found here.  Your grant request will be considered incomplete if you don’t provide this information by the closing date for the funding round, and will not be considered for funding.

If your request is for minor capital works, you will also need two quotes for building or renovation costs.

If your request is approved, you may use the grant for any costs in your budget, except for:

  • any item that is not eligible
  • any cost that is excluded when the grant is approved.

There is more detailed information about budgets here.

Organisations also need to check that the information on your community organisation profile is up-to-date at the time you submit your grant request.

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