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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.

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
  • 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.

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 used to support:

  • development or preventative projects 
  • welfare and support services
  • information or awareness-raising activities
  • projects that encourage people to take part in their community
  • projects that encourage community and/or cultural identity or understanding
  • activities that help develop organisations and their people, particularly those who volunteer.

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
  • 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.

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