Welcome to First Light Community Foundation
First Light Community Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation, based in Hawke’s Bay, which raises funds through the operation of gaming machines at hotels and taverns.
First Light returns 100% of the funding generated from its venues to the local communities from which the funding was generated. First Light currently has venues located in Hastings and Wairoa.
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.
First Light’s vision is to operate gaming machine gambling in a responsible manner that minimises harm, while maximising the benefit to the local community.
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