If you have a long-term disability that affects your ability to participate in your community, there’s a specific set of grants from the Lottery Grants Board available to assist.
Most of the grants available from Lottery Individuals with Disabilities go to fund items to help with mobility, such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and vehicles that may come with hand controls or wheelchair hoists. There are standard maximum grants for various types of equipment.
They are assessed by a committee of people who have experience of living with disabilities. The main criteria include an applicant’s ability to contribute to the community, which is judged on factors that range from an applicant’s individual wellbeing to taking an active role in supporting or organising community events or programmes.
The IWD committee does not fund people who are eligible for ACC or Ministry of Health support, nor items that are used only within the home, items already purchased and equipment repairs or maintenance. The IWD committee would like examples, based on past community involvement, showing how receiving equipment will benefit your community.
To apply for IWD funding you will need a letter of support from an organisation such as NZCCS Disability Action, your therapist or social worker – not from family members or equipment suppliers, and also a verification of disability form completed by a registered health professional.
You can find more information, and the Verification of Disability form, at https://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/lottery-individuals-with-disabilities/ . You can make your grant request online via https://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/logging-into-the-grants-management-system/ . You can phone 0800 824 824 for more information.