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Regional Sport and Recreation Grants

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Eligible districts

Auckland region wide only programmes.


‘Regional’ (being Auckland-wide): to be considered ‘regional’ for the purposes of the Community Grants Policy, applicants must be able to show that their service, project or activity displays the following characteristics:
Primarily addresses regionally determined priorities:
The service, project or activity aims to deliver outcomes that have been determined by the governing body, and they cannot reasonably be delivered and managed at the local or multi-board level, and
The activity may have some local impact and benefit, but the activity is primarily of regional significance and it would be unreasonable to expect the relevant local board(s) to meet the cost.
AND, that their service, project or activity is:
Regional in terms of scale and/or significance:
The number of participants or users of the service, or the size of the audience is clearly regional in scale, and/or
The applicant can demonstrate that there will be clear benefits from coordinating decisions and activities at a region-wide level (e.g. where they are operating a programme at multiple sites across Auckland), and/or
There is another clear marker of regional significance (e.g. the project targets an ecological area acknowledged by Auckland Council to be regionally significant).
AND / OR, their service, project or activity is:
Regional in terms of impact and/or reach:
The service, project or activity is available and reasonably accessible to anyone in Auckland regardless of their location, and/or
It targets a specific population group or niche audience that is clearly spread across the region, and
The applicant organisation can demonstrate that it has sufficient profile within that population group or niche audience to attract participants, users or audiences from across the region.
Funding opportunities:
This grants programme contains two distinct grant types: ‘one-off’ project grants, for standalone initiatives, and multi-year strategic relationship grants. 

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


The Auckland Council acknowledges the positive contribution that groups, organisations and individuals make to create Auckland as the world’s most liveable city. By providing regional organisations with direct financial assistance, council can support the realisation of its strategic objectives.

Regional grants are a key tool Auckland Council can use to implement the vision for the region.

The Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee welcome funding applications from interested parties wishing to work with council to contribute to a range of programmes, projects and activities.


The Regional Sport and Recreation Grants Programme is to support implementation of the Auckland Sport and Recreation Strategic Action Plan. This plan was developed with extensive input from the wider recreation and sport sector, and contains actions for both the sector and Auckland Council. The grants programme will support regional sector organisations in their efforts to inspire and encourage Aucklanders to be more active, more often.

Projects funded

Outcomes sought through this fund are:
Affordable and accessible options for participation in informal physical activity, recreation and sport
Our diverse communities enjoy healthy and active lifestyles
Māori participation in sport and recreation activities has increased.
Participants in a wide range of physical activities, recreational activities and sports are equally able to access suitable facilities and outdoor environments.

Excluded projects

Auckland Council’s Community Grant Policy states that the following activities will not be funded through any Auckland Council grants programmes:
• debt servicing or repayment
• legal expenses
• activities that promote religious ministry or political purposes
• medical expenses
• public services that are the responsibility of central government (e.g. core education, primary health care)
• physical works – e.g. improvements to community buildings – that require consents or permits, prior to the necessary consents or permits being obtained (grants may be awarded in principle, but funds will not be released until all conditions are satisfied)
• purchase of alcohol.
• regional sport and recreation grants maybe available to support a partnership between the council and another organisation to improve access to non-council owned facilities or outdoor recreation and sport assets. However, grants cannot be used for the development of new or existing facilities.

Excluded activities

Development of new or existing facilities.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application


Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Applications closed 06 March 2020.

When you apply for this grant, your project must align with Regional Sport and Recreation Grant outcomes and funding priorities 2019/2020.

More details here.

Decision makers

The governing body committee for this programme is the Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee of Auckland Council.

Decision time

Potential applicants for project grants will complete an application form. Council staff will assess these applications and present their recommendations for the committee’s consideration. The committee will make allocation decisions and set any grant conditions.

How notified

By letter and email.

How paid

As per the funding contract.

Conditions of acceptance


Other information

Project grants will be awarded through a contestable process once per year. The committee may run a second funding round later in the financial year to target specific priorities or if there are unspent funds. These grants will primarily support programmes as indicated above, but the council will consider supporting other innovative projects or initiatives that achieve the overall outcomes of the programme.

Regional Sports and Recreation Grants Programme:


Kim Squire
Fund Administrator
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142