Lottery Grants

Profits from Lotto NZ games are distributed to the Lottery Grants Board to fund thousands of community groups, the arts and sporting organisations around New Zealand.

Lottery Grants Board:

The Lottery Grants Board was set up to distribute the profits from the games run by Lotto New Zealand ("Lotto NZ"). The Lottery Grants Board does this through a system of distribution agencies and committees. The Lottery Grants Board is part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

In September 2011, Lotto NZ reached the $3 billion mark in lottery profits given to New Zealand arts, cultural, sporting and community organisations via the Lottery Grants Board since Lotto started in 1987.

Profits from Lotto New Zealand are transferred to the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, which works to build strong, sustainable communities by funding a wide range of social, community, arts, heritage, sports, recreation, and health and research activities across New Zealand. Lottery funding is given to over 3,000 of these organisations and projects each year.  The NZ Lottery Grants Board is also a major funder of Sport New Zealand, Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Find out where the money goes:

In 2014/2015 financial year - $231.2 million of Lottery profits will be available to support a wide range of local and national projects.

Three statutory bodies receive 42 % of the lottery grants allocation. In 2014/2015 this amount will be: Sport New Zealand $47.6 million, Creative New Zealand $34.1 million, and the New Zealand Film Commission $15.9 million

Part of the allocation includes $15 million of funding allocated to the Significant Projects Fund (SPF). The SPF was re-launched in 2013 to assist large scale community projects of regional or national significance to progress.  The allocation has also acknowledged the significance of the approaching centenary of World War One with $5 million of funding being allocated to enable more communities to recognise the impact of the war locally, nationally and internationally.

The Lottery Grants Record lists the Lottery grants made each year. You can find the record lists at the Community Matters website.

How to Apply For a Grant:

The allocation of funds is determined by independent committees, upon consideration of an eligible application. All Lottery grants are expected to contribute to one or more of the following fund objectives:

  • supporting volunteers
  • enabling people to help themselves
  • promoting community wellbeing and addressing disadvantage
  • promoting community participation, inclusion and identity.

To apply for a grant, or for more information on the application process click here.

Statutory Bodies:

The three organisations receiving a set percentage (42%) of lottery funding are Sport New Zealand, Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission. They distribute that funding across a huge range of sports, recreation, creative arts and New Zealand film initiatives and programmes according to their own funding criteria.

Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency investing in and advocating for the arts.

Creative New Zealand was allocated $34.1 million in funding from the Lottery Grants Board in 2014/2015, and $31.5 million in 2013/2014.

This funding enables Creative New Zealand to foster excellence and creativity in the arts, by supporting thousands of arts projects throughout New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand  

The New Zealand Film Commission

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) has proudly supported New Zealand filmmaking since it was established in 1978. It works to make sure New Zealand films are seen and valued, that great New Zealand stories are told through the medium of film and that New Zealand filmmaking talent is developed and nurtured.

The NZFC has been involved in developing, supporting, promoting and administering finance to hundreds of films from short films to low, medium and large budget features. Many of those films such as Whale Rider, The World's Fastest Indian, Boy, Sione’s Wedding, Once Were Warriors and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls are now Kiwi icons.

Whether flying the flag for New Zealand film and its filmmakers here or on the international stage, the NZFC works with significant support from the Lottery Grants Board. As a major beneficiary of lottery grants the NZFC received $15.9 million for the 2013/year.

Check out the NZ Film Commission 

Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand’s vision is to see more kids and adults taking part in sport and recreation, and more Kiwi winners on the world stage.

Sport New Zealand believes sport is an integral part of our nation’s culture and way of life. Whether we’re playing, coaching, volunteering, managing or supporting – sport helps bind our communities and nation together. Sport also enriches our economy, improves our wellbeing, helps children’s bodies and minds develop, and makes us more resilient as communities and individuals. With this in mind, Sport New Zealand seeks to ensure that all New Zealanders have access to sport wherever they live, whoever they are and whatever their ability.

Lotto NZ has been a long-time supporter of sport in this country, through its grants to Sport New Zealand (formerly known as SPARC). In 2013/2014, Sport NZ received $42 million from the Lottery Grants Board and in 2014/2015 will receive $47.6 million.

Sport NZ 

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