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The following may be funded:

  • projects to build, restore or repair wharenui, wharekai and/or wharepaku
  • projects to build, restore or repair tangata whenua or manuhiri shelters, or whare waka 
  • projects to protect and care for places, structures or taonga
  • conservation plans for protecting and caring for marae buildings, structures or marae-owned taonga, or reports on their condition or upkeep
  • studies to work out if planned projects are practical, feasible and fit the long-term vision for the marae and its people.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

Grants may be for:

  • small projects, where the grant request is for less than $250,000
  • large projects, where the grant request is for $250,000 or more.

A project may be:

  • one stage of a larger project or restoration
  • a single project on its own.

Grants may only be used for the costs of the project, or for the study, plan or report described in the grant request. They may not be used for the marae or marae governing body’s operating costs.

We also fund the costs of preparing plans, studies and reports on buildings, places, structures, moveable cultural property or taonga that are on marae land or owned by a marae and the group that governs it.
Plans, studies or reports should be carried out by people or organisations:

  • with the experience or qualifications for the expert views and advice that are needed, and
  • who are not part of the marae governing group or committee making the decisions.

The types of plans, studies or reports funded may include:

  • reports that advise how best to save, protect or restore a building, place, structure, taonga or moveable cultural property 
  • reports that describe the condition and any risks to the condition of a building, place, structure, taonga or moveable cultural property owned by a marae
  • maintenance plans describing how the place, structure, property or taonga will be looked after to protect its heritage value and prevent its condition from getting worse
  • fire protection reports
  • engineering or earthquake strengthening reports.

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

Organisations receiving grants need to show how their projects will benefit the community, and help:

  • protect, restore and/or develop marae facilities
  • improve a marae’s ability to meet the hopes and needs of whānau, hapū and iwi
  • protect and tell our stories and heritage for people in the future
  • improve community links and relationships.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Grant decisions are made by the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Committee. The Committee prefers requests that are part of a long-term plan for developing or restoring a marae. The request needs to show how the project or planned activity will help the marae perform its role today and in the future.

The Committee also prefers requests for plans and projects on land that is a marae reserve or is legally set aside for a marae.

The Committee will look at how your project can help your marae to be fully functioning and meet any regulations, as well as how it will tell your stories, celebrate those who came before and enable you to achieve your goals.

Important dates for the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund

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

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

Lottery grants may not be used for any of the following:

  • repaying or servicing debt
  • 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
  • fundraisers and projects which seek to raise funds in or for a specific sector, or are involved with the training or employment of fundraisers
  • 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
  • projects or activities completed (retrospective funding) or items bought before the request.

In addition to what may not be funded by any Lottery Committee, Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities also does not fund:

  • building projects or equipment purchases costing less than $30,000 (requests for minor capital works like these should be made to Lottery Community)
  • projects on land not reserved or legally designated set aside for a marae
  • individual people
  • routine maintenance and operating expenses, such as administration, staffing, ordinary upkeep or maintenance
  • equipment purchases that are not part of a larger capital works project; are not required to make a facility functional or do not contribute to finishing a capital works project (such as sports, computer or art equipment, or musical instruments)
  • purchases of bare land
  • activities not directly related to developing, protecting or restoring the marae, such as:
    • roading and car parks that aren’t on marae land
    • projects to provide housing for individuals
    • projects to landscape or beautify an area.

Costs that are out of scope for grants for plans, studies and reports are for:

  • legal services
  • architectural design (other than early designs for a feasibility study)
  • planning approval
  • fundraising campaign plans
  • business plans
  • feasibility studies that have been finished by the closing date for grant requests.

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