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Lottery Hurunui Kaikoura Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund

The Lottery Grants Board set up this special Fund to help people in the Hurunui, Kaikoura or Marlborough districts affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 14 November 2016 and the aftershocks. The amount available for grants is $5.41million.

The Fund is for grants to organisations that are helping to improve the wellbeing of people living in the affected communities.

See details about the grants made since January 2017.

There is no closing date for this Fund. It will remain open until the total amount available has been allocated.

Funding for outcomes

A subcommittee of the Lottery Canterbury/Kaikoura and Lottery West Coast/Nelson/Marlborough Community Committees allocates the Lottery Hurunui Kaikoura Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund.

Its funding outcomes are that the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living within the affected areas is improved. The community benefits must be of a public rather than a personal nature.

Requests for grants are more likely to be funded if the benefits or outcomes for people in the affected communities, hapū or iwi are clearly shown. This includes requests for capital works grants up to $30,000 for wellbeing, and health and safety.

For more information see the Lottery Grants Board’s approach to funding for outcomes.

Who may request grants

Only not-for-profit organisations providing earthquake relief activities and services to people in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts may request grants from this Fund. 

Organisations requesting grants need to provide their most recent annual accounts, financial statements or performance report unless this information is already available to us online.

For this fund only:

  • organisations that are not legal entities may request grants of more than $10,000
  • there is no limit to the number of grant requests an organisation can make. (This includes organisations that have received a lottery grant since July 2016, as the usual restriction of only one lottery grant per year does not apply to this fund)
  • a separate budget is not required. In response to the first question on the request form, organisations need to show how it will use the grant requested.

If requesting a grant, you need to show:

  • what you want funding for, including how you intend to use the amount requested to support earthquake relief activities
  • the immediate community needs you propose to meet
  • how you will address these needs
  • what benefits or outcomes will result from your activities or services
  • how you will know that you’ve achieved these benefits or outcomes
  • the total amount you are requesting.

What we do not fund

Lottery grants may not be used for :

  • projects intended to make profits or gain for a person or organisation, unless any profit or gain is incidental (not the project’s main purpose)
  • commercial, political and/or religious activities, including employment and/or business projects, commercial businesses, political advocacy or projects that look to change legislation
  • fundraising activities and projects for raising funds, or for training or employing fundraisers
  • repaying or servicing debt
  • refinancing loans, deposits or underwriting projects
  • projects that pass on funding to others
  • overseas aid or disaster relief
  • services for alcohol and drug treatment, education and support
  • medical expenses, operations, treatments or projects to buy major items of health equipment
  • capital investments or trust funds
  • costs incurred or projects finished before the closing date for funding requests.

The sub-committee does not fund:

  • multi-year grant requests
  • individuals
  • research, including large scale research plans, feasibility studies for capital projects, and health research
  • capital works over $30,000, including project management fees
  • purchase of food for food banks
  • alcohol and similar substances, for example kava
  • requests that fit the priorities for the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which include:
    • volunteer fire-fighting services
    • overseas travel
    • animal welfare
    • financial and governance training.

Requests for grants are made online. Find out about: how to login and requesting a grant.


View previous grants