Financial support for those impacted by COVID-19

The play, active recreation and sport sector has been hit hard due to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on New Zealanders.

Sport NZ put together a $25m early relief package to help the sector remain viable through the pandemic. Following this, the Government announced a $264.6m investment into the Sport and Recreation sector as part of Budget 2020 that will be distributed over the next four years.

Read on to view the funds and associated criteria. 

Sport NZ Recovery Package

The following funds have been announced and opened as part of the Government’s four-year $264.6 million Sport NZ Recovery Package. Additional initiatives and funds will be announced in the future.

Sport NZ Relief Package

On 7 May Sport NZ announced a $25m relief package available to all parts of the Play, Active Recreation and Sport sector.  This package is now closed, and new support available through the $264.6m Recovery Package announced as part of Budget 2020.

Over 2000 organisations were supported through the relief package and a list of those who received funding has been proactively released and is available on the Official Information Act section of this website.

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We provide investment to boost access to opportunities for specific groups, and to organisations where we don’t already have a partnership investment model in place. Whether you're a small club in need of new equipment, an organisation looking to send your members on a course, or even a facility used by world-class athletes, we're here to help. 

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