Rural Travel Fund

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The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for rural junior teams aged between 5-18 years, removing the barrier of travel cost so they can compete in regular sporting competition. The fund is administered on behalf of Sport NZ  by 35 eligible Territorial Authorities across Aotearoa.

Who is eligible?

The fund is available to rural sport club teams or rural school club teams within the participating Territorial Authority (TA) regions who are competing in a regular local competition outside of school time. These teams must consist of members aged between 5 and 18 years.

The fund is not available to:  

  • Rural school or club teams located outside of the named TAs outlined below 
  • Individual players, coaches or officials 
  • Rural school or club teams competing in inter school or intra school competition during school time

How does it work? 

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is available to eligible teams or groups in the 35 Territorial Authorities outlined below. The TAs manage the application process and administer funding using the criteria above. 

How to apply 

If you are eligible for the fund, please contact your local participating TA to put forward your team or group to be considered for funding.  

Note: If you receive funding you’ll need to provide proof of purchases and receipts to your local TA to demonstrate how the funding was spent.  

Other Sport New Zealand Funding Streams 

Sport NZ also offer other community funding opportunities such Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa. If you are interested in knowing more, we suggest that you follow Sport NZ and your local Regional Sports Trust on social media (or sign up to their newsletter) to be kept informed. 

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