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Sport NZ's Rural Travel Fund (Waitomo)

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Waitomo District - Rural communities (defined as Council areas with a population density of less than 10 people / square kilometre.


Applications for the Rural Travel Fund are 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.
All applications must come from sport club teams and school based teams.

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. The allocation of the fund is based on a population density formula for territorial authorities that have fewer than 10 people per square kilometre.

Projects funded

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

Excluded projects

Inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time.
Travel expenses that relate to representative team events and national events.

Activities funded

Subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application


Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Funding Calendar 2020:

Rural Travel Fund Application (PDF 457 KB)
Rural Travel Fund Guidelines (PDF 424 KB)

Information required with your application

Information required includes:
• organisation details
• number of participants
• what the funding will be used for
• how much funding is required
• any funding from other organisations
• financial statement
• deposit slip

Decision makers

Waitomo District Council Representatives.

Decision time

Applications are considered approximately three weeks after the closing date. You can expect to receive notification of the result within the 4 weeks following the decision. The entire payment is then made by direct credit in your account.

How notified

All successful applicants notified by letter.

How paid

The entire payment is then made by direct credit in your account.

Conditions of acceptance

Sport NZ requires organisations who receive funding under this scheme to return an accountability form to the appropriate territorial authority showing proof of purchase made within that period and attach any receipts.

Other information

Please note: If applicant organisations whom have received assistance do not return their accountability forms, it can jeopardise any future funding. Applicants must be able to account for the total amount allocated.


Customer Services Team
Waitomo District Council
PO Box 404
Te Kuiti 3941
Phone: 0800 932 4357