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Lottery Community Funding

Grants to New Zealand Nonprofits, Corporations
and Agencies for Community Benefit and Well-Being

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Government of New Zealand, Department of Internal Affairs

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Grants to New Zealand nonprofits, corporations and agencies for community benefit projects, activities, resources and services. Funding is intended for community or social services that help connect New Zealand communities and improve residents' well-being and quality of life.

Grant requests need to contribute to at least one of the following:

- Support volunteers
- Enable people to help themselves
- Promote community well-being and address disadvantage
- Promote community participation, inclusion and identity

Organizations making Lottery Community requests need to demonstrate the following:

- Their focus on achieving their own outcomes
- Their work together with others to achieve common community outcomes
- How they are responsive to the communities they serve

Overall funding priorities:

- Parents/family/whānau
- Youth development programes
- Enhancing the quality of life of older people in the community
- Violence prevention
- New migrants/refugees
- People with a long-term/significant disability or illness
- People who are considered to be at risk or disadvantaged

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159189

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $750,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants are available for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lottery Community distributes grants through a national committee and 11 regional committees.

You must apply to the national committee if you are:

- A national organization
- An organization making a grant request for a project or service with a nationwide benefit
- If your grant request benefits two or more regions, your grant request should be made to the National Community Committee.

You must apply to a regional committee if you are:

- Delivering a project or service which will be carried out totally in one of the regions or a majority of the benefit will occur there.
- Independent branches of national organizations (ie: each branch is a separate legal entity), and are making an application for a project or service with a regional benefit.

Grants over $10,000 may only be approved to organizations with legal entity status. Legal entity status includes, but is not limited to, incorporated societies, Trusts registered under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, companies with charitable purposes, local authorities, school boards of trustees and/or Māori trust boards in accordance with the Maori Trust Boards Act 1955.

Registration with Department of Internal Affairs Charities Services does not confer a legal status.

Grants to organizations without legal entity status are limited to a total of not more than $10,000 from all Lottery committees in any one financial year (The Lottery Grants Board’s financial year is from 1 July to 30 June).

Exception: An organization with no legal entity status may be granted more than $10,000 if:

- It is a branch of a national organization that has legal entity status, and the grant agreement and results reports are co-signed by a person from the national body with authority to sign on its behalf. The financial information requirements are those that apply to the body with the legal status.

- An organization with which it is collaborating undertakes to be responsible for the financial expenditure and benefits achieved by the project or activity by countersigning the grant agreement and results report.

Pre-Application Information:

Register and apply online:

If you are new to making online grant requests, refer to the guidance provided on pages 8 – 9 in the special edition of the Community Matters pdf.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

0800 824 824
Monday to Thursday 8:30am-5pm, Friday 9am-5pm

The Department of Internal Affairs
46 Waring Taylor Street
Wellington 6011
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

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Geographic Focus:

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.