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Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund (Tasman)

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts



Organisations and schools with participants aged between 5-19 years playing sport for a club or school club who meet the rural travel fund criteria.

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 has been developed in response to concerns raised by territorial authorities about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities. Geographical isolation, urban drift, lack of employment and training opportunities and access to mainstream funding were identified as barriers to sport participation.

Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund


The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior sports teams participating in local competitions.

Projects funded

Sport and Recreation Travel only.

Excluded projects

Transport to regional or national events.

Activities funded

Transport expenses to local sporting events.

Excluded activities

The grants do not provide for:
• travel costs related to practice;
• travel costs of coaches;
• travels costs for regional or national events;
• travel costs related to interschool events during school time.

Funds available

Information not available

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

There are two funding rounds each year closing 30 April and 31 October.

Application forms are available at Tasman District Council offices and Libraries or on the link below.
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Application Form (pdf, 153 KB)

For more information about the grant see:
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Guidelines 2018-2020 (pdf, 438 KB)

All grants, are advertised in local media as well as the Council's publications, Newsline Update in the Nelson Mail and the monthly newsletter, Newsline-the Mag, well before close off date for applications.

Information required with your application

• a balance sheet from your organisation (ie. financial statement)
• a deposit slip (incase your application is approved)
• evidence of your endorsement from your local affiliated club/school (if required)

Decision makers

Tasman District Council.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

Sport NZ requires organisations who receive funding under this scheme to return an accountability form to the appropriate territorial authority showing proof of purchase made within that period and attach any receipts.


Mike Tasman-Jones
Community Partnership Coordinator
Tasman District Council
Private Bag 4
Richmond 7050
Phone: (03) 543 8403