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Grants are one-off contributions for:

  • ongoing operational costs, for existing or expanded services and activities
  • projects beyond an organisation’s day-to-day operations
  • minor capital works projects valued at $30,000 or less may also be funded, including buying equipment, assets or rescue craft.

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

The outcome for Lottery Outdoor Safety is to enhance water safety or outdoor safety for New Zealand communities through grants for:

  • a capable and effective water safety or outdoor safety sector
  • an increase in outdoor users’ safety knowledge and skills.

Grants are made to organisations whose requests show the benefits and outcomes that will be achieved for your water safety or outdoor safety organisation, sector or community, hapū or iwi, and how you will show or measure this. 

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

Lottery Outdoor Safety gives priority to grant requests that will:

  • increase collaboration in the water or outdoor safety sector, including sharing knowledge, practices and resources.
  • maintain effectiveness and volunteer capability water or outdoor safety sector organisations
  • increase water or outdoor safety knowledge and skills in communities, hapū or iwi.

Multi-year funding not available this financial year

There will be no multi-year funding available from this fund for the 2023/24 financial year.

Important dates for the Lottery Outdoor Safety Fund

 For the important funding dates for the the Lottery Outdoor Safety Fund, follow the link below to the funding calendar:


Grants are only available to air-based rescue service providers where search and rescue missions are significant to their operations. Grants are also  limited to projects that build their search and rescue capability.

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund

In addition to what may not be funded by any Lottery Committee, Lottery Outdoor Safety does not fund:

  • individuals
  • safety activity and equipment for outdoor education, sport, leisure and/or recreation programmes
  • urban search and rescue services such as Civil Defence and local community volunteer rescue teams
  • general accident prevention, personal safety programmes and projects, playground safety, road safety or road accident prevention
  • vehicle purchases or leases, insurance, repairs and maintenance costs
  • major capital works projects costing over $30,000
  • requests for operating costs or projects where outdoor safety is an incidental component rather than the core business of the organisation, such as a community swimming pool seeking the costs of pool attendants.

There is no limit to the amount your organisation may request from Lottery Outdoor Safety.

You need to include a budget for the type of grant you are requesting. If your request is for minor capital works, you will need two quotes for the equipment, assets, building or renovation costs.

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