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Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund (Opotiki)

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Eligible districts



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

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 has been developed in response to concerns raised by territorial authorities about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities. Geographical isolation, urban drift, lack of employment and training opportunities and access to mainstream funding were identified as barriers to sport participation.


The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams participating in local sport competition.

Projects funded

Sport and recreation.

Excluded projects

Funding is not provided for the purpose of travel to regional or national events.

Activities funded

Transport expenses to local sporting events.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

Generally up to $2,000

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

You can complete and return an application form to apply.
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Application Form (PDF, 242KB)


Information required with your application

• Organisation Details
• Contact Names
• Financial Details
• Amount requesting
• What is the funding going to be used for
• Deposit slip
• Evidence of your endorsement from your local affiliated club/school (if required).

Decision makers

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Assessment Committee.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

Have you previously been allocated funds and still need to file your accountability form?  You can download one here: Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Accountability form​ (PDF, 46KB).


Tina Gedson
Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Administrator
Opotiki District Council
PO Box 44
Opotiki 3162
Phone: (07) 3153031