Authorised Purposes

Proceeds from gaming machines can only be used for what are termed ‘Authorised Purposes’ as defined in the Gambling Act 2003 and as administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

An Authorised Purpose may include charitable, philanthropic, cultural activities or something that provides a benefit to a significant portion of the community in a non-commercial sense.

Important Notice to all applicants

  • Guideline only: The list below is not exhaustive and serves only as a guide to applicants as to what may be considered by the Net Proceeds Committee.
  • Funding not guaranteed: While your application may fall within the criteria listed below, this does not guarantee that your application will be supported in part or at all.
  • Grant Decision: The final decision on all funding lies with the Foundation’s Net Proceeds Committee.
  • Future focused: Applications must be future focused and need to be submitted at least six weeks prior to any event or purchase for which funding is sought.
  • Local Distribution: The Net Proceeds Committee has a ‘local distribution policy’ whereby they approve 95% grants to non-profit organisations operating in the local community where TTCF has a gaming venue.
  • Retrospective applications ineligible: Funding sought for goods or services that have already been purchased or undertaken by the date of the Net Proceeds Committee is not eligible for consideration.
  • New Organisations: The Net Proceeds Committee does not generally approve grants to new organisations until they have been operating for more than twelve months and can demonstrate they have the ability to set up, maintain and provide their service delivery without total reliance on only one source of funding. Also, to demonstrate they are able to control and spend public monies in an appropriate manner, including the maintenance of appropriate records and provision of an audit trail.
  • Frequency of Applications: Due to the increased number of applications received each month, together with on-going pressure on funds available for distribution, the Net Proceeds Committee’s usual practice is to approve one grant per organisation per financial year.
  • Computers/Digital Literacy: Applications for high turnover technology for schools is not a priority for the Net Proceeds Committee, particularly if the request is for iPads/computers for a large number of students. Applications may be considered, however, from community organisations seeking to improve the accessibility of technology in the community, and/or provide training and education to improve digital literacy in communities.
  • Vehicles: Applications for the purchase of vehicles are a low priority for the Net Proceeds Committee.
  • Salaries: Given approved grants are paid within ten days of the Net Proceeds Committee Meeting, the priority for salary funding is for existing positions rather than for positions for which recruitment has not yet commenced.
  • Capital Projects: Applications for ‘bricks and mortar’ costs will be considered, only once all preliminary work has been completed -i.e. architect’s plans/drawings, engineering reports, resource and building consents obtained, and a tender process undertaken.



  • That are entirely amateur.
  • An Incorporated Society or affiliated to the national code or to a regional body that is affiliated.
  • Playing as part of a recognised and regular competition.

  • Professional or commercial groups/players/clubs that receive any sort of payment or reimbursement for playing.
  • Workplace sports or social teams.
  • One-off tournaments in particular where there is an entry fee and prizes.
  • Affiliation fees, registration fees and levies for members
Uniforms & Equipment;

  • Required to play the actual game.
  • For actual playing team plus reserves & may include a coach or manager. (Excessive team numbers will not be funded.)
  • All uniforms & equipment must remain the property of the club for future use
Uniforms & Equipment;

  • Dress & travelling clothing or uniforms of any sort including tracksuits.
  • Personal items such as shoes, boots or socks.
  • Non-essential items such as drink bottles, gear bags, beanies, etc.
Training, coaching, development;

  • National or regional coaching & development programmes that are entirely amateur in nature.
  • Funding for school programmes should be applied for by the schools.
Training, coaching, development;

  • Elite academies or high performance development programmes aimed at grooming players into professional positions.
Buildings, clubrooms, maintenance

  • Building & maintenance of clubrooms for recognised organisations.
  • Maintenance of grounds and facilities used by players and the public.
Buildings, clubrooms, maintenance

  • General running costs for clubrooms.
    Maintenance or costs relating to the bar areas of clubrooms or facilities.
  • Building permits, resource consent applications, feasibility studies.
RACING – Horse & Greyhound

  • Promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes.
  • Grants cannot be made to support the commercial wing of the racing industry, for example, the training and/or breeding of racehorses or payment of jockeys or drivers.
  • Special building projects for NZ schools.
  • Assistance with school activities, trips and programmes, ie. sports, field & cultural or educational trips.
  • Specialised equipment that is of a direct benefit to students’ education.
  • Costs that could reasonably be expected to be funded by Government direct funding.
  • General administrative costs associated with the day to day running of the school.
  • Teacher, reliever teacher, teacher aide salaries.

  • Student academic scholarships that are administered and accounted for by the educational facility.
  • Please note that scholarships are normally only supported in areas where TTCF has member Licensing Trust venues – please check our gaming venues page.
Applications from the extensive range of genuine community organisations will be considered.
The degree of funding allocated will be based on that group’s effectiveness & reputation within their community and this may include;

  • Special building, projects or maintenance.
  • Office equipment such as desks & chairs,  whiteboards, photocopiers, etc.
  • Office administration costs in certain instances where specific justification can be displayed.
  • Salaries for existing positions rather than positions for which recruitment has not yet commenced
  • Third party funding will not be granted.
  • Applications may not be made on behalf of another recipient or organisation.
  • Fundraisers or fundraising events.
  • Commercial businesses or tourist promotions.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Family groups or reunions.
  • Food, refreshments or entertainment, except in certain cases such as the elderly, children or special community focused Christmas festivities.
  • Feasibility studies, building permits or resource consent costs.
  • Professional costs, e.g. audit fees
  • Public liability insurance
  • Funding to individuals (unless applied for and administered by a recognised body to which the individual is affiliated)




  • Funding is limited to small non-cash prizes valued at under $25 for presentation at genuine sporting or educational prizegivings.

  • Cash prizes of any kind, large non-cash prizes and gift vouchers of any kind.



  • Only the purchase of vehicles for approved organisations where there is a clear benefit to the wider community will be considered.

  • Vehicles for motorsports, sports clubs or where the benefit of the vehicle is to a limited number of the community only such as courtesy vehicles.
  • Leased vehicles
  • Petrol or mileage costs
Internal & overseas travel will only be considered if:

  • The purpose of the travel is for a genuine amateur sporting event or other event that is not predominantly social in nature.
  • The traveller/s is/are representatives who have been selected at a regional or national level.
  • The purpose of the travel will benefit the NZ community and/or NZ’s international reputation.
  • The application is only for the cost (or part of) the ticket from NZ to the first destination and return may be funded.
  • The application and quotations include the name/s and status of the traveller/s.

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  • Taxes, insurances and transfers will not be funded.
  • Deposits paid prior to the application being considered will not be funded.
  • Overseas accommodation, travel within an overseas country, or other costs to be incurred overseas will not be funded.