KiwiSport is a New Zealand Government funding initiative that provides support for school-aged children wanting to participate in sports. Sport Manawatu administer the fund on behalf of Sport NZ, we receive $295,000 each year to distribute among our 4 regions (Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua & Horowhenua)

The KiwiSport Large Fund next opens 21 August 2017 and closes 29 September 2017. If you wish to apply you will need to attend one of the workshops detailed below as a prerequisite for applying.  $88,500 is available this round.

KiwiSport Workshops

The workshops are scheduled quarterly and will occur in each of our district areas and will outline the best practice principles when developing your application 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. To register for a workshop click here

Workshop Dates

Manawatu/Feilding Monday 28th August 6-7pm Feilding Library, 60 Stafford St, Feilding
Tararua/Dannevirke Tuesday 29 August 6-7pm Tararua Business Network, 40 Denmark Street, Dannevirke
Palmerston North Wednesday 30 August 6-7pm Sport Manawatu, 50 Queen Street, Palmerston North
Horowhenua/Levin Tuesday 5 September 5:30pm-6:30pm Horowhenua Events Centre 32 Victoria St, Levin

Please see the information below and be sure to read the guidelines to ensure you understand what can/can’t be applied for. For any further questions please contact our KiwiSport Coordinator 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 Large Fund next opens 21 August 2017 and closes 29 September 2017. Another round opens in March 2018 and closes in April 2018

There is $88,500 available this round. 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, see above for workshop dates.

How to Apply:

Send your completed application form to:

The Small Projects Fund has had some new changes coming in this new financial year. The small fund is now available to be applied for with 5 rounds in the next 12 months:

15th July 2017, 15 September 2017, 15 November 2017, 15 February 2018, 15 May 2018

Please ensure you organise your application to coincide with the new dates as no retrospective projects can be funded. For example for a project to begin in term 4, which begins October 10th you will need to apply for September’s funding round- if you miss it you can apply for Term 1 2018 in November 2017 round.

The current balance is $42,102 (July 2017). 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.

The 2016/2017 fund has closed. This fund will open again in November 2017

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

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.


Click here to see a list of the KiwiSport funded programmes in the 2015-2016 financial year.

Click here to see  KiwiSport Projects Funded July 2016 -Dec 2016 financial year

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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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