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First Light Community Foundation

Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Gisborne, Hastings, Central Hawkes Bay.


The Gambling Act defines an authorised purpose as any of the following:

• a charitable purpose;
• a non- commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community;
• promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


The First Light Community Foundation is a non-profit company based in Hawke's Bay which raises funds for authorised purposes through the operation of gaming machines.

Projects funded

The authorised purpose includes (but is not limited to):
• amateur sport
• amateur sports coaches for specific short-term coaching courses and coaching clinics for junior sports people;
• general public education;
• education scholarships (provided the students are selected in a fair and open manner after public advertising, and are overseen by a recognised educational authority or school board, and provided that they are limited to primary and secondary level);
• non-profit community cultural or arts festivals;
• supporting non-commercial emergency rescue services;

Excluded projects

Grants will not be made for:
• groups or individuals standing for an election to public office;
• lobby groups or action/pressure groups (e.g. Greenpeace, or Sensible Sentencing Trust);
• social events, e.g. school balls, family reunions, entertainment in pubs or clubs, sporting trips for supporters or spectators, or after match functions for sporting groups.
• personal or commercial gain;
• professional sport;
• non-affiliated "social" sports clubs (such as corporate leagues); or
• racing stakes.

Activities funded

The authorised purpose includes (but is not limited to):
• overseas travel to genuine amateur sporting tournaments;
• public sports facilities (e.g. a stadium) provided that the facilities are not used primarily for professional sport;
• trophies and modest non-cash prizes; and
• wages and salaries where the employing body has an entirely non-commercial community or charitable purpose and provided that the payment of a wage is necessary to achieve the authorised purpose.
• the promotion of public amenities such as parks or museums;
• grants to recognised charitable organisations (e.g. Plunket, Salvation Army or Red Cross) to further the objectives of these groups;
• the provision and maintenance of grounds, buildings and facilities where these are primarilyused for race meetings; and
• the provision and maintenance of on-course facilities for horse and greyhounds, trainers and jockeys

Funds available

Information not available

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

We are now receiving grant applications.  The grants received this month will go forward for consideration to our July meeting by the Net Proceeds Committee.  

Grant applications are made online – click here to apply
Your application will need to be submitted online on or before the last day of the month in order for it to be considered at the following month’s grant meeting.  The Directors generally meet on or about the 20th of each month and aim to confirm grant decisions within 48 hours of the meeting.

Xtra email users:  Due to the recent changes with Xtra's spam filters, you may not receive any correspondence from our online grants system.  Do not use an Xtra email address, if you do not have another email address, Gmail is free and easy to use.
A step-by-step guide on how to complete your grant application is available 
​- click here.

Information required with your application

Make sure you enclose two competitive quotes for goods or services to be paid for by the grant.
• make sure you enclose a bank deposit slip.
• make sure the application is for items which have not already been purchased.
• enclose evidence that your organisation is affiliated or aligned to a national body.
• make sure the application is signed by two senior members of the organisation.
• enclose a copy of your certificate of incorporation.
• enclose a copy of your minutes that record your organisation's resolution to apply for funding to First Light Community Foundation.

Decision makers

All final funding decisions are made by First Light Community Foundation's net proceeds committee.

Confirmation of grant decisions tend to be 5 working days.

Decision time

The Directors generally meet on or about the 20th of each month and aim to confirm grant decisions within 1-2 working days of the meeting.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

If your funding application has been approved then the payment is paid directly to the recipient organisations bank account.

Conditions of acceptance

Recipients of grant funding must return paid invoices and bank statements to First Light Community Foundation immediately the funds have been spent to complete the audit requirement. If these funds were not spent for the appropriate purpose, First Light Community Foundation will request a refund of the full amount of the grant. If a funding surplus exists, the surplus must be returned to First Light Community Foundation by cheque.

Where information is obtained by the net proceeds committee indicating that a grant recipient has received funding from other source(s) for the full amount needed for the purpose applied for here, the net proceeds committee will take reasonable steps to obtain a return of the money from the grant recipient.

Other information

• when a grant recipient is GST registered, a grant will only be made for the GST exclusive component
• when a grant recipient is not GST a grant may be made for the full GST inclusive cost of the good or service


First Light Community Foundation
209 Karamu Road North
PO Box 316
Hastings 4156
New Zealand
Phone: 06 876 7293 Fax: (06) 876 7295