Community Resilience Fund

Immediate funding to support regional and local organisations.


If you are a regional organisation or club, affiliated to one of Sport NZ’s National Partners, or a Māori Sports Club or organisation which is not affiliated to a National Partner but can gain endorsement from one of Sport NZ's Māori Partners, then you could be eligible for financial support through the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund.

Who it is for

The Community Resilience Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to help regional and local organisations remain financially viable through the immediate period of disruption created by COVID-19.

Clubs can apply for $1,000 in support. Regional Sports Organisations can apply for up to $40,000.

The Fund is being distributed by local Regional Sports Trusts, who will be receiving and processing applications from 11 May 2020.

Application details will be published on their websites from this date.


It is not intended for organisations that already receive investment directly from Sport NZ, but for the regional and local organisations that form their networks.

This Fund is for organisations that are already materially negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and/or will be materially negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions for the period April to June 2020.

This means that:

  • the organisation cannot pay bills for fixed administration costs (excluding wages) in the three months from 1 April to 30 June 2020
  • even after accessing reserves and receiving other support from the national body, the Government and others
  • as a result of lost income or income that is likely to be delayed by more than six months, because of impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

If you are a Māori sports organisation not affiliated with one of the named Sport NZ National Partners you will be able to request a letter of endorsement from one of our Māori Endorsement Partners.

To find out more please read the following documents:

How to Apply

Applications will be taken by your local Regional Sports Trust from 11 May 2020.

Each Trust has a different application process for contestable funds.

More information is available on their websites - please find a list of these on our Regional Sport Trust Directory.