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Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund (Southland)

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts



All clubs, community-based or school based, with young people aged between 5-19 years are eligible to apply.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) is the new name for the government organisation responsible for sport and recreation (formerly SPARC).

The Rural Travel Fund is a relationship between SPARC and local authorities and has been developed in response to concerns about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities.


The Rural Travel Fund is designed to assist with transport expenses associated with participating in regular local competitions.

Projects funded

Sports and recreation.

Excluded projects

Individuals, Assistance to attend regional or national events are not eligible.

Activities funded

Transport expenses.

Funds available


Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year


How to apply

Application form is available from the funding page, all Southland District Council offices or from contact person below.
Download an application form [PDF, 203 KB]
Download the Travel Fund Guidelines [PDF, 438 KB]

Information required with your application

• organisation and contact details
• event details (number of children, travel distance)
• financial details
• bank deposit slip
• evidence of endorsement from your local affiliated club/school (if required).

Decision makers

Southland District Council committee.

Decision time

The Allocations Committee meets in May and November to consider applications.

How notified

In writing.

How paid


Conditions of acceptance

Sport NZ requires clubs and schools that receive funding to return an accountability form.

Other information

This is a subsidy-based funding scheme. This means that groups must contribute towards the costs of their project.


Bronwyn Affleck
Administrative Assistant
Southland District Council
PO Box 903
Invercargill 9840
Phone: (03) 2111 426