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.
What is the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund?
Who administers this funding?
Can individuals apply for funding?
No, all applications must come from rural sport club teams or rural school teams. Funding will not be provided to individual players, coaches, or officials.
How are Territorial Authorities selected to participate?
Sport New Zealand has selected Territorial Authorities based on a formula that population density. Eligible Territorial Authorities have a population density of less than 10 people per square kilometre.
Where can I get an application form?
Application forms can be obtained from your local Territorial Authority using the links below.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Who can apply for funding?
Sport club teams or school club teams within a Territorial Authority that receives Rural Travel Funding, who have members aged between 5 and 18 years, and meet the Rural Travel Fund eligibility criteria.
Types of use questions:
Our team has applied for funding to help pay for travel expenses to get to National Champs. Are we eligible?
No, you are not. Funding is only available for travel to regular, local competition. For example, Saturday morning or weeknight games.
Can we get funding for our school team for a one off or annual inter school competition?
No, funding is only available for travel to regular, local competition
How can I find out about the application process?
Who should I contact at Sport NZ for more information?
Which Territorial Authorities are eligible?