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Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund (Gisborne)

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts



Applications will only be considered from rural areas, it excludes Gisborne city.

School sports teams and sports clubs are defined as:

• a school sports team participating in regular local sport competition in weekends, which excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time
• a sports club team participating in organised, regular sport competition through club membership outside of school time.

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).


To financiallly assist sports clubs and school teams with young people aged 5-19 who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting compeititions.

Projects funded

The SPARC rural travel fund is:
• designed to help subsidise rural travel for junior teams
• targeted at young people aged between 5-19 years to assist school and club sports teams to participate in local sporting

Activities funded

Travel costs related to local regular sports competition for junior teams (5-19 years).

Funds available


Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

There are 2 funding rounds each year for winter and summer sports codes;
• Winter codes close on the last Friday in April at 5pm
• Summer codes closes Friday 18 November at 5pm

Application form and guidelines are available from Gisborne District council website link provided below;
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Application Form [PDF, 120 KB]

Please contact the Funding Administrator for more information.

Information required with your application

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

Decision makers

Applications are considered by a local allocations committee made up of Council staff and a Sports Gisborne Tairawhiti representative who have an understanding of the challenges rural sports teams face.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

Accountability form required to be completed and returned.

Other information

If you have any questions contact Ngarimu at Gisborne District Council. Contact details below.


Contracts and Funding Advisor
Gisborne District Council
Po Box 747
Gisborne 4040
Phone: +64 6 867 2049


PA to Mayor
Gisborne District Council
PO Box 747
Gisborne 4040
Phone: 06 867 2049 Fax: 06 867 9265