KiwiSport is a New Zealand Government funding initiative that provides support for school-aged children wanting to participate in sports.

KiwiSport Workshops

We are changing the way we administer the fund and the application process. We are moving away from one on one engagement in the development of all KiwiSport applications and moving towards group workshops to reduce duplication. The new workshops scheduled quarterly will occur in each of our district areas and will outline the best practice principles when developing your application, for example we will provide examples of approved applications and declined applications as well as Sport NZ directives to increase participation among low participating groups/communities.

If your organisation plans to apply for KiwiSport funding in the next 6 months a representative from your organisation will be required to attend a workshop.

Workshop Dates

  • Manawatu- Wednesday 15 February 2017 – Feilding Public Library 6-7pm
  • Palmerston North – Thursday 16 February 2017 6-7pm – Sports House, 50 Queen Street, Palmerston North
  • Horowhenua – Mon 20 February 2017 6-7pm- Horowhenua District Council Chambers, 126 Oxford Street, Levin
  • Tararua – Wed 22  February 2017 6-7pm- Tararua Business Network Office, 40 Denmark Street,  Dannevirke.

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Any further questions please contact our KiwiSport Cooridnator Leanne Couch at

KiwiSport aims to:

  • Increase the number of school-age children participating in organised sport – during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs.
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children.
  • Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level.

KiwiSport is made up of:

  1. The Regional Partnership Fund (RPF) which is about partnerships and is administered by Sport Manawatu. The fund is separated into 3 different funds; the Large Fund, Small Projects Fund and Secondary School Fund.
  2. The Direct Fund, which goes directly to schools.

Regional Partnership Fund (RPF)

Sport Manawatu will invest in organisations and schools that demonstrate they are co-operating and forging partnerships with a focus on sport for school-aged children. Schools are the obvious catchment zone for kids to get involved and play sport. Organisations will be expected to contribute financially to these partnerships in addition to the support from the RPF.

Potential partners:

Schools, Clubs, RSOs, NSOs, Sponsors (e.g. local businesses), Councils, Community Trusts

Identified regional priority areas:

  • Skill Development
  • Coach and Volunteer Development
  • More Participation Opportunities

KiwiSport Funding

The KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund is about partnerships

Sport NZ guidelines

  • KiwiSport funding is required to support organised sport so they are expecting funding support for in-curriculum initiatives to reduce. They want to see more co- or extra-curricular activities funded.
  • The RPF is seed funding, and is not designed to maintain the same initiatives long term.


For a list of all KiwiSport Projects Funded July 2016 -Dec 2016

View a list of all KiwiSport funded programmes in the 2015-2016 financial year.

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive regular updates about the KiwiSport RPF, please click here.

KiwiSport Large Fund has  $88,553 for Round 1 2017. 

Round 1 2017 will open 20 February 2017 and close 31 March 2017. Organisations will be notified on Friday 28 April of the outcome, projects should only commence from 1st May 2017 and not before as we do not fund retrospective projects.

Applications can be made for up to $50,000 of funding and up to 70% of project costs. It is a requirement to attend a KiwiSport Workshop to apply for this fund.

How to Apply:

Send your completed application form to:

The Small Projects Fund is now open with a current balance of $38,680 (December 2016). This fund is able to fund up to 80% of project costs for small projects (maximum grant $3,000).

For further information and how to apply:

It is a requirement to attend a KiwiSport Workshop before you apply to ensure you have submitted the strongest application possible.

Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Send both the Small Project Fund application form and Small Projects Fund budget to:


The Secondary School Ring Fenced funding is made up up $59,035. The fund is able to assist secondary schools with travel assistance and participation based projects within their school.

This fund opens 1st November 2016 and closes 25th November 2016.

For more details please contact our Secondary School Sport Advisor Strahan McIntosh – Phone: 06 357 5349


Please complete both the Application Form and Budget Form:

Application Form

Budget Form

Reporting documents

Baseline documents are required for all 3 funds

For baseline data form for sports (1A) please click here 

For baseline data form for schools (1B) please click here

Small Fund    Final Report (4)  Actual Project Budget Form (5)

Large Fund     Mid-way Report (3)    Final Report (4)     Actual Project Budget Form (5)

Secondary School Fund    Mid-way Report    Final Report     Actual Project Budget Form

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KiwiSport is a New Zealand Government funding initiative that provides support for school-aged children wanting to participate in sports.

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