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KiwiSport - Sport Southland

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There are two different funds:

• For Activation Fund, it is highly recommended that applicants consider the following criteria before submitting their application:
  - meet one or more of the stated KiwiSport objectives – more kids, more opportunities and better skills. We will invest funding in projects which can ensure new or increased opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport in Southland 
  - target school aged children from 5 – 18 years of age 
  - align with one or more of the identified priority areas – Basic * Sport Skills, Coaching and Volunteers, Low participation communities and cost effective opportunities 
  - provide minimum 20% financial contribution rate to the overall project costs 
  - provide clear measures for project evaluation

• Community Partnership Fund
This non-contestable fund is a more targeted approach to achieving the KiwiSport objectives and will target two of the four community priority areas – Basic Sport Skills and Low Participation Communities.

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

We would anticipate receiving applications for projects such as:
• in school and out of school programmes
• after school programmes
• multiple sports taster sessions with on-going opportunities to engage
• skill development programme or festivals
• initiatives that focus on specific groups e.g. girls or disabled
• coaching sessions (sports specific or skill-based sport packages)
• holiday programmes (must be sport specific)
• training future student leaders (must be sport specific)
• addressing dropout rates in sports participation by secondary school-aged children
• encouraging parents and teachers to get involved in school sports

Excluded projects

Projects that will not be eligible are:
• projects that undermine existing club or volunteer infrastructure
• projects that are considered to be business as usual
• sport facilities and other capital works
• projects that do not have a focus on organised sport
• one-off events and/or event sponsorship
• retrospective projects
• social marketing campaigns
• projects that focus on nutrition and/or physical activity
• replacement of existing sport equipment or uniforms

Excluded activities

The following are examples of the types of projects and expenses that WILL NOT BE FUNDED through this KiwiSport fund:

• programmes that undermine existing club / volunteer infrastructure 
• programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholder or where funding displaces existing funding 
• sport facilities and other capital works 
• one-off events and event sponsorship 
• retrospective projects (anything prior to the notification date) 
• social marketing campaigns 
• programmes that focus on nutrition
• administration including administration based personnel, overheads, vehicle maintenance and lease 
• personnel costs (i.e. Wages and salaries) for roles that already exist 
• travel for participants outside of the Southland region 
• school camps

Funds available

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How to apply

The fund closed on June 30, 2020.

Application form and guidelines are available from:
Sport Southland - KiwiSport Fund page

For more information, click here (FAQs).

Information required with your application

• organisation details
• project details
• budget 

Decision makers

A panel comprising Primary School, Secondary School, Young People and Sport Southland representatives will review the applications and allocate funding. All decisions are then ratified by the Sport Southland Board of Trustees.

Decision time

As soon as possible after Committee meets.

How notified

In Writing

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

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


Vanessa Hughey
Community Sport Manager