Funding Opportunities

Capability Development Vouchers

Your business may qualify for Capability Development Vouchers to help pay for 50% of services like training workshops, courses and coaching. Vouchers are available through the Central Economic Development Agency. To qualify, your business should:

  • Have fewer than 50 full time employees
  • Be operating in a commercial environment
  • Be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Be privately owned, or a Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership
  • Demonstrate a desire to innovate and grow
  • Have undergone a capability assessment with a Regional Business Partner (Central Economic Development Agency).

Capability Development Vouchers may be used to help pay for services (up to a maximum annual value of $5000 excluding GST) from approved providers that deliver management capabilities in the following areas:

  • Business planning
  • Marketing strategies
  • Finance
  • Business systems
  • Managing resources
  • Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Lean manufacturing and business operations
  • Exporting.

For more information about Capability Development Vouchers, please contact Regional Business Advisor, Stephen Feldon at

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is the lead government agency driving New Zealand's business and innovation sector. For more information about funding and grant opportunities facilitated by MBIE, visit the MBIE website.


The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board was set up by Parliament to distribute the proceeds of state lotteries to the New Zealand community. Lottery Grants are available for different types of projects and services. Each stream of funding is managed by a separate committee made up of individuals from the community with specialist skills and knowledge. More information about funding can be viewed on the Community Matters website.

Funding Information Services

Generosity is a subscription-based funding information service and a valuable source of funding information in New Zealand for voluntary groups, scholarships, awards, grants and corporate business relationships like sponsorship. 


The Eastern & Central Community Trust

The Eastern and Central Community Trust makes donations to charitable community organisations in the Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay, Tararua, Wairarapa, Manawatu and Horowhenua regions of New Zealand.

Pelorus Trust

The Pelorus Trust is a charitable trust based in Wellington which raises funds for charitable, philanthropic and sporting purposes through the operation of gaming machines. They are a mid-sized gaming trust operating machines from hotels and taverns between Kaitaia and Christchurch.

NZ Community Trust

NZ Community Trust has a mission to maximise funding returned to amateur sport and the community throughout New Zealand.

Pub Charity

Pub Charity is a Charitable Trust focusing on supporting communities all over New Zealand by returning 95% of available donation funds back into the community where they were raised through local gaming machines.

The Lion Foundation

The Lion Foundation is one of New Zealand's oldest and most respected Charitable Trusts. Since 1988 they have returned over 750 million back to the community, supporting thousands of good causes all around New Zealand. 

Thomas George Macarthy Trust

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust donates to registered charitable or educational organisations operating in the old Wellington provincial district, defined as the area of the North Island which is south of Turangi and excluding Taranaki and Hawke's Bay.

Each year registered charitable organisations or educational organisations in the Wellington region (including Wanganui, South of Turangi, Manawatu, Horowhenua and the Wairarapa) are invited to apply for assistance. Grants are made that help children and young people develop and realise their potential, look after and provide dignity for older people, improve the quality of life for the disadvantaged and marginalised and provide essential medical and emergency services.