Lottery Environment and Heritage Grants

Community Matters
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Last date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
New Zealand

Detailed Description

Applicants are now invited to apply for the 2020 Lottery Environment and Heritage grants to protect, conserve or care for natural, cultural and physical heritage, or allows to better understand and access these resources.

This fund provides grants for plans, reports and one-off projects that will protect, conserve and promote New Zealand’s natural, cultural and physical heritage.

  • Natural heritage projects promote, protect and/or keep native plants (flora) and animal life (fauna) safe from harm;
  • Physical heritage projects restore, protect and/or conserve places, structures and large built objects that are important to history;
  • Cultural heritage projects conserve, protect and/or promote collections and stories that are important to cultural heritage and identity.

Results / Outcomes

Organisations receiving grants are expected to demonstrate how their projects will benefit the community, and contribute to:

  • increasing access to New Zealand’s cultural heritage;
  • preserving and protecting New Zealand’s natural environment; or
  • preserving New Zealand’s history for future generations.


Natural heritage:

  • protect and restore habitats and ecosystems for native plants or animals
  • protect and conserve native plants or animals that are rare, in danger or at risk in their habitats
  • improve public access and information about native plants and animals.

Physical heritage:

  • restore and protect places, structures or large built objects of significance to history
  • protect and conserve a place, structure or large built object for the future
  • improve public access and information about places, structures or large built objects of significance to history

Cultural heritage:

  • protect collections that are at risk of being damaged or lost
  • make collections available to the community
  • improve public access and information, particularly for young people to learn about and experience cultural heritage
  • conserve and protect moveable cultural property, such as photographs, paintings, furniture and other artefacts.

Funding Information

Lottery Environment and Heritage makes grants for:

  • small projects, where the grant requested is for less than $250,000
  • large projects, where the grant requested is for $250,000 or more.

Lottery Environment and Heritage does not fund:

  • projects to conserve, restore or protect privately or commercially owned land, buildings, structures and/or large built objects;
  • projects to plan, develop or create historic gardens;
  • routine maintenance that is not part of a larger restoration project;
  • individual people, including projects undertaken as part of a university qualification;
  • projects to landscape or beautify an area, that do not have a conservation, restoration or educational value;
  • operating expenses, such as administration, staffing, or ordinary upkeep and maintenance;
  • projects to build or restore historic replicas, including copies of vehicles, equipment or buildings
  • projects to install or upgrade services such as kitchens or toilets that are not part of larger construction or restoration projects
  • purchases of bare land
  • recycling schemes or related projects
  • research projects (but requests for applied research that show a clear community benefit may be considered)
  • reunions.


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