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KiwiSport - Canterbury

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Eligible districts

Canterbury; West Coast


Regional Sports Trust will be expected to use the Fund to encourage new partnerships involving schools, clubs and community groups that will get more young people (age 5 to 18) involved in organised sport.

• Provide increase opportunities for school-aged to participate in organised school;
• Leverage additional contributions from community groups;
• Build and strengthen linkages between schools and community sports clubs; and
• Take the wishes of the community into account.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


KiwiSport is a government funding initiative to support sport for school-aged children. Launched by the Prime Minister on 11 August 2009. KiwiSport provides funding for school-aged children via Direct Funding with primary and secondary schools and through the Regional Partnership Fund, given to regional sports trust (i.e. Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust).


KiwiSport objectives:

More kids - Increase the number of school age children participating in organised sport-during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs

More opportunities - Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children

Better skills - Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level.

Projects funded

There are three areas funding that can be applied for: Each have their own Application Forms.

2019-2020 Funding Allocations

27% Community Sport Activators
Community Sport Activators work with schools and local communities to;
• activate and strengthen partnerships within a community to provide organised sport, active recreation, play and physical activity opportunities to young people aged 5 to 18 years old.
• support young people with their transition from primary school to intermediate and secondary school and connecting them to opportunities within their local communities.
Priority will be given to programmes and initiatives that support low participating groups and meets the needs and interests of young people aged 10-18 years. Focus on quality opportunities and experiences for young people which meet their physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual (physical literacy) interests.
5% Non-contestable Targeted Populations Fund
Identify and provide low participating targeted communities with opportunities to participate in organised sport, active recreation, play and physical activity which meets their needs and interests.
Priority will be given to young women aged 10 to 18 years.

43% Young Persons (YP) Fund
This fund(YP) is for programmesandinitiatives that meets the interests of young people aged 5 to 18 years old through providing quality organised sport, active recreation, play and physical activity opportunities and experiences. Focus on quality opportunities and experiences which meets the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual (physical literacy) needsoftheir participants.
Priority will be given to girls and young women aged 10 to 18 years and young people aged 12 to 18 years and identified low participating groups or communities.

15% Coaching and Officiating
Recruit, train, mentor and develop coaches and officials that provide quality sporting experiences to young people aged 5 to 18 years.
Priority will be given to programmes that develop youth as coaches, umpires and officials.

10% Learn to Swim
Will remain unchanged for 1 more year.
The coordination and delivery of learn to swim programmes for students aged 5 to 12 years old. All programmes should be delivered by an accredited Learn to Swim provider.

Excluded projects

Applications we will not fund include:
• Projects that are considered business as usual
• Sport facilities and other capital works
• One off events/and or event sponsorship
• Funding for individuals/teams to travel to yournaments
• Funding sports equipment and transport costs unless there is direct correlation to project outcomes

Funds available


Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Online funding applications closed on Monday the 29th July 2019.

KiwiSport RPF is currently under review. The changes implemented for the 2019 - 2020 funding round are aligned to Sport New Zealand’s strategy and emphasise the Three Approaches. The 2019 - 2020 changes are a stepping stone toward the future of the KiwiSport RPF.
All applications must be in alignment with our Sport Canterbury KiwiSport RPF Plan.

Information required with your application

As set out in each of the application forms.

Decision makers

An allocated Committee

Decision time

No later than 4 weeks after the close of the quarterly application round.

How notified

In writing

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

An accountability report will be required at the end of the funding period.

Other information

Successful applications will be required to demonstrate additional partnership funding in order to receive investment through the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund. Each project budget should clearly identify this additional funding and resources already secured within their application.

Successful applications will receive funding for a maximum of one year initially. Organisations may submit future applications to support the same initiative in years two and three, subject to outputs having been successfully met throughout the first year of investment.


Jon Derry
Education Team Leader
PO Box 2606
Christchurch 8140
Phone: (03) 373 5052