Funding opportunities

There is a variety of public funding available to New Zealand businesses.

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 click here to learn about investment funding and here for current funding opportunities  


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 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. It is a subscription based service however limited information is available on a free trial basis.


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 Charityis 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.

Endeavour Community Foundation 

Endeavour Community Foundation  is a non-profit charitable foundation that fundraises for non commercial purposes which are beneficial to the community, water safety education, youth development, and charitable purposes.

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 communirt, supporting thousand 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.