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Individuals With Disabilities

This sub-committee allocates grants for mobility and communication equipment to help people with disabilities 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 or equipment would make to the quality of life of the person with a disability (the applicant)
  • the financial circumstances of the applicant 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.
About 40-45% of applicants receive funding.

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.

How to Apply
Apply to COGS and Lottery Grants Board using Grants Online ( To apply:
  • Download the appropriate application form, information sheet and application guide in pdf format from the Grants Online website and print out. For support, ring 0800 824 824 (in New Zealand only), or email:
Complete the application form using a black pen, and return by mail to: Lottery Grants, Department of Internal Affairs, PO Box 805, Wellington.

More Information
For more information and application details, Email: or Freephone: 0800 824 824 (New Zealand only).

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