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KiwiSport - Sport Waikato

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Eligible districts



In the greater Waikato region, Kiwisport provides funding for schools for year 1-8 students and year 9-13 students via the Ministry of Education.

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Groups may apply


KiwiSport is a government funded initiative to promote sport for school-aged children (5-18 years) and will be coordinated throughout the Waikato region by Sport Waikato.


KiwiSport objectives are:

• more kids - increasing the number of school-age children participating in organised sport; during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs;
• more opportunities - increasing the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children to participate in organised sport;
• better skills - to support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in organised sport.

Projects funded

KiwiSport Waikato Key Priorities:
• providing cost effective sporting experiences for all children
• developing wider local opportunities for young people to become involved in sport and reducing the amount of time and cost.
• encouraging adults to become more involved in supporting youth sport
• fostering positive relationships between schools and clubs
• ensuring that competitions and sporting experiences are developmentally appropriate for young people
• development of local coaches to help enable sport within the community
• projects to reflect seasonal nature of the sport

Excluded projects

• programmes that undermine existing club/volunteer/regional infrastructure;
• programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholders or where funding displaces existing funding;
• sport facilities and other capital works;
• projects/programmes that do not have a focus on organised sport;
• one-off events and event sponsorship;
• retrospective projects;
• social marketing campaigns; and
• programmes that focus on nutrition and /or physical activity.

Activities funded

• equipment purchase or hire
• venue hire
• personnel costs (i.e. wages) for session delivery and for coordination directly related to that delivery
• travel costs for a provider to travel to a remote area/school to deliver sessions or for coaches to attend a training course who will then deliver an approved project to local youth
• professional development/training for coaches, officials and volunteers who will then deliver a project to participants between the ages of 5-18

Excluded activities

• administration costs
• personnel costs (wages) for roles that already exist or are administration based, including project/resource development
• programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholders or where funding displaces existing funding
• retrospective projects (anything prior to the closing date)
• one-off events and event sponsorship
• programmes that undermine existing  club / volunteer infrastructure
• programmes that are not considered organised Sport 
• sport facilities or other capital works
• social marketing campaigns
• affiliation fees
• catering
• school camps 

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

40,000 (CPF) 5,000 (Kick Start Fund)

Grants made last year


Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

Check Sport Waikato - KiwiSport page for open rounds and closing date.

If you require assistance or clarification with KiwiSport Waikato's funding streams, please don’t hesitate to call 07 858 5388 or email  

Kick Start Fund

Community Partnership Fund (CPF) Application Round

For examples of successful projects, refer to the Funded Projects.

Information required with your application

• organisation information
• project information
• partnership and support
• outcomes
• budget - project income
• targets and type of activities

Decision makers

Sport Waikato

How notified

In writing

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

An accountability report will be required at the end of the funding period.  These reports are due 2 weeks after the completion of the project


Brian Perry Sport House,
51 Akoranga Road
Hamilton 3200