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The Lottery committees cover a wide range of community purposes so please check these before requesting a grant from the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund. If a grant request is the responsibility of a Lottery committee then it cannot be funded by this Fund.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund may provide grants for overseas travel to help towards airfares, accommodation and travel costs for a representative to attend an event or conference overseas. Individuals or organisations need to show how they will share the information gained from their attendance and how it will benefit the New Zealand community or a significant sector of the New Zealand community.

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund may provide grants for volunteer fire-fighting services for contributions towards one-off projects. Organisations need to show how the grant will benefit the community and show evidence that funding is not available from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund may provide grants for animal welfare projects. Organisations need to show how the community will benefit from their animal welfare project.

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund may provide one-off grants for training in financial planning or good governance. It supports representatives from community groups to attend a training course, or community groups hosting in-house training using an external training provider. Organisations need to show how the grant will benefit the community – this may be by opening the planned workshop, short course, refresher or intensive course to other community groups.

Financial planning and/or good governance training must be provided by a recognised professional training establishment or an individual with suitable qualifications and experience. The trainer must also be independent of your organisation and the people receiving the training. Trainer fees and assistance towards reasonable related venue costs, travel and accommodation will be considered.

In July 2018 the Lottery Grants Board allocated an additional $300,000 to the Minister's Discretionary Fund to help children's organisations improve their financial planning and good governance.

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

Outcomes are all the changes, benefits, learning and effects that happen, or start to happen, as a result of activities or projects. Grants are made to organisations and individuals whose requests show how they will achieve and measure the outcomes and benefits for New Zealand communities of their projects or overseas travel.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

In addition to considering requests for projects that fall outside the scope of other Lottery funds, there are four priorities that are only available through the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund:

  • overseas travel
  • volunteer fire-fighting services for projects
  • animal welfare projects
  • training for financial planning and/or good governance (which includes an emphasis on support for children’s organisations).

The Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund provides funding for one-off projects. 

Note that individuals cannot request grants for volunteer fire-fighting services, animal welfare projects, and financial planning and/or good governance training.

There are separate online request forms for individuals and organisations.

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, the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund does not fund:

  • conferences or forums, unless the primary reason for attendance is training in financial planning and/or good governance
  • registration or training that maintains an individual’s registration with a professional organisation
  • permanent residential housing services or community housing
  • gambling education/prevention/treatment services
  • a second request for the same project in the same funding year (1 July to 30 June).

The Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund is unlikely to fund:

  • overseas training courses, education or cultural exchanges, where there is limited benefit for the New Zealand community or a significant sector of the community
  • overseas travel for the same person or organisation in consecutive years
  • sporting projects
  • arts projects.

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