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Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund (Ruapehu)

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Application for the rural travel fund is open to rural sports clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5-19 years who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

Who can apply?

School club teams and sport club teams may apply and are defined as follows:
• a school club team participating in local sport competition in weekends, that excludes inter school and intra school competitions played during school time; and/or
• a sports club team participating in organised 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).

The Rural Travel Fund is a relationship between SPARC and local authorities and has been developed in response to concerns about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities.


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

Travel to sports competitions for people aged 5-19 years.

Activities funded

Subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

Excluded activities

Travel expenses that relate to representative team events and national events.

Funds available

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Grants made last year

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Funds available last year

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How to apply

For more information including an application form see the Document Links panel below​ or email Candice or phone via your local Council office.
Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund closed 15 November 2019.

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

Rural Travel Fund Application Form 2018.19 (PDF, 204.5KB)
Rural Travel Fund Guidelines (PDF, 438KB)

Information required with your application

• a balance sheet from your organisation (ie financial statement or audited accounts)
• a bank generated deposit form
• evidence of your endorsement from your local affiliated club / school (if required)
• who else has been asked, has given or is giving funds
• GST number if registered on application form.

Decision makers

Ruapehu District Council.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

• if successful, applicants MUST fill in a report form and returned by the date given by the council.
• if applicants do not return their report forms, it may jeopardise any future funding.
• applicants MUST be able to account for the total amount allocated.


Candice McNaught
Grants Administrator
Ruapehu District Council
Private Bag 1001
Taumarunui 3946
Phone: (07) 895 8188 Fax: (07) 895 3256