Funding Criteria of First Light Community Foundation

The funding criteria of the Company has been shaped by the following factors:

The Gambling Act 2003.  The Company, as an operator of gaming machines, is licensed by the Department of Internal Affairs who administer the Gambling Act.  The Act allows the Company to raise funds for distribution to authorised purposes as well as applying funds to its own community projects.  The Department places many rules and restrictions on how the funds are to be applied for, distributed, and used by recipients.  Many of these key rules are included in the notes that are attached to the grant application form. These notes should be read first, in conjunction with the funding criteria in this section before making an application.

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.

First Light Community Foundation's Authorised Purpose

First Light Community Foundation may make grants for authorised purposes as follows:

  1. any charitable purpose;
  2. any non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community; and
  3. promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, but excluding the payment of racing stakes.

The above 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;
  • ground maintenance for amateur sporting facilities;
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • the promotion of public amenities such as parks or museums;
  • supporting non-commercial emergency rescue services;
  • 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 primarily used for race meetings; and
  • the provision and maintenance of on-course facilities for horse and greyhounds, trainers and jockeys

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.