My organisation has never applied to WCT before, can we apply for a LIFT Grant?

Yes, if you meet our general eligibility, you are eligible for a LIFT Grant.

I’m an individual, between jobs, interested in applying. Am I eligible? 

Sorry, no.  As an individual applying you need to be currently employed with a not for profit organisation that is supportive of you applying.

I want to apply to travel to an international conference.  The cost of airfares, conference registration and accommodation is more than $5,000, can I apply for more?

Unfortunately, no.  So that we can support as many people as possible we are limiting our funding for individuals to $5000.  In this example, we’d hope that your organisation would make up the shortfall.

I run my own small business, can I apply?

Unless your business is set up as a registered charity or an incorporated society you cannot apply.

My colleague and I from the same organisation both want to apply, can we?

LIFT funding for individuals within an organisation is limited to $5000.  Two or three individuals from the same organisation can apply, but they would need to share the $5000 between them.

Can I apply twice in the same year?

If you are successful you cannot apply again within in a 12-month period.  You can apply again the following year, but keep in mind we want to support as many individuals as possible so you might not be successful in future years.

Can any staff member apply?

Anyone employed on a contract or permanent basis, including: new employees, a subcommittee or unpaid volunteers, can apply.

Can the grant be used over a 2+ year period?


Could I enrol in a 3-year course and then reapply for funds towards it the next 2 years?

Yes but there would be no guarantee of funding for those next years.

What’s that difference between and Organisation LIFT Grant and an Individual LIFT grant?

Organisation LIFT grants are aimed at activities that will benefit a larger team or the whole organisation.  Individual LIFT grants are for between 1 and 3 individuals within your organisation to pursue individual capability building activities.

What are some examples of what an Organisational LIFT Grant be used for*?

  • External supervision
  • Backfilling for an employee who’s on a secondment that will enhance their capability in their substantive role
  • Policies and procedures audit and/or development
  • An organisational plan to support the wellness and mental health of staff
  • A strategic planning day
  • Te Reo lessons for a staff team
  • A staff hui (if including staff from outside the Wellington region this will be considered if it is principally benefiting the people within the Wellington Region).
  • A workforce development plan

*Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

What are some examples of what an Individual LIFT Grant be used for*?

  • External supervision
  • Going on a training course
  • Travel to and attendance at a conference
  • Travel to elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas to look at a programme or organisation doing similar work to yours.

*Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

What are some examples of what a LIFT Grant cannot be used for?

  • Backfilling for an employee who’s on a course
  • Your organisation to provide training to others
  • Counselling
  • Mediation to resolve workplace disputes
  • Professional fees for registration to professional bodies

Can I apply in the same Individual LIFT application for more than one thing/person?

Yes—supervision + short course, for example; or if two staff want to go on four courses (as long as it’s under $5K in total).

Could there be a combination of individual and organisation under one organisational LIFT grant?


Why is there only one LIFT application allowed per year?

Because we have a limited fund and are anticipating high demand.  The fund will be offered in future years, and you are welcome to apply again.

Still got a question?

Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 04 499 7966