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Individuals With Disabilities

This sub-committee allocates grants for mobility and communication equipment to help people with disabiliites achieve independence and gain access to the community.

For funding purposes, an individual with a disability is defined as:

  • "a person who has a permanently reduced capacity to be transported, to be personally mobile or to communicate, as a result of a physical, sensory, psychiatric or intellectual disability."

Priority is given on the basis of:
  • the severity of the disability
  • the contribution the vehicle/equipment would make to the applicant's quality of life
  • the financial circumstances of the applicant with the disability and their family
  • the availability of alternative transport or assistance
  • the family situation of the applicant
  • the applicant's locality
  • any lottery assistance received in the past.

Availability:
About 40-45% of applicants receive funding.

Timing:
Applications may be made at any time. (There are no set meeting dates or closing dates for applications.) Decisions are made six to 16 weeks after applications have been lodged.

Application forms for Individuals with Disabilities grants are available from your nearest Community Development office, by email lotterygrants@dia.govt.nz or freephone (in New Zealand) 0800 824 824. They come in a folder that will help you decide whether you could be eligible. Complete the application form and return by mail to: Lottery Grants, Department of Internal Affairs, PO Box 805, Wellington.

For more information and application details, Email: lotterygrants@dia.govt.nz or Freephone: 0800 824 824 (New Zealand only).

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