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Exceptional systems support fund

Exceptional systems support fund

The Exceptional Systems Support Fund is now closed. A list of recipients can be found here.

If you are looking for financial assistance you may be eligible for the Community Resilience Fund 2.  

Designed for organisations who do not already receive investment directly from Sport NZ.

The Exceptional Systems Support fund is now open for applications. It is a $1.5m fund designed for national play, active recreation and sport organisations who do not already receive investment directly from Sport NZ.

The New Zealand Sports Foundation Charitable Trust has contributed $500,000 to the Fund.

The Fund is part of the $25m sector relief package announced by Sport NZ on 7 May 2020. A further $265m sector recovery and rebuilding package was announced by Minister Grant Robertson as part of Budget 2020.

Organisations who are eligible for the Fund can apply for up to $40,000.

Applications are open until 5pm on 28 June 2020.


The Fund is open to national organisations whose main purpose is play, active recreation or sport, and that are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of COVID-19, and that can demonstrate that Māori, Pacifica, young women and girls, or disabled people have access to the programmes offered.

For the purposes of this Fund we are defining a national organisation as one that operates across many regions of New Zealand so that it could be considered to have ‘national reach’, or provides opportunities to participants from across New Zealand. Eligible applicants must also be an incorporated society, registered charity, or charitable trust.

This Fund is for organisations that are materially negatively impact by COVID-19. This means that:

  • the organisation cannot cover fixed operating costs to August 2020
  • even after accessing other support from the Government and others
  • as a result of lost income, or income that is very likely to be delayed by more than six months, because of impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

How do I apply

To apply you first must read the Application Guidelines. Once you are comfortable you meet the criteria, then please fill out the application form. Once applications close a panel will assess your application and get in touch with you if we have any further questions. We will let successful applicants know in July 2020.

Application documents:

The Exceptional Systems Support Fund is now closed.


If you have any questions regarding the Fund, please contact for more information.

If you require an accessible version of any content on the site please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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