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KiwiSport is a fund that 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 has two components; the Regional Partnership Fund (RPF) administered by Sport Manawatu and the Direct Fund, which goes directly to schools.  More information about the RPF is available below.


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.

Our regional priority areas that have been identified are:

  • Skill Development
  • Coach and Volunteer Development
  • More Participation Opportunities
For a list of all Kiwisport funded programmes in 2015 please click here

If you would like to be added to our email list to receive regular updates about the KiwiSport RPF, please CLICK HERE

Sport Manawatu's 2015/16 funding period is now open!
(please note there have been some changes to criteria)

Please note these expectations from Sport NZ:

  • 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.

LARGE FUND 2015/16

There will be two funding rounds to allocate $177,106 in funding.

Funding Round 1 2015 closed on 30 September 2015. Round 1 2016 opened 26 January 2016 and will close 31 March 2016.

There are $112,663 of available funds for Round 1 2016

Applications can be made for up to $50,000 of funding and up to 70% of project costs.

It is a requirement to speak with our Community Sport Relationship Manager Zac Topping before submitting to ensure you have submitted the storngest application possible.
Phone: 06 357 5349 

Please read our KiwiSport Large Fund Submission Guidelines found HERE before completing the application form. 

All applicants must complete an application form, which is found here


Available to fund up to 80% of project costs for small projects (maximum grant $3,000).

The Small Projects Fund is now open with a current balance of $41,999 (January 2016)

For further information and how to apply... SMALL PROJECTS FUND INFORMATION


Large Funding Rounds

The large funding rounds will close on 30 September 2015 (applications will be assessed in October) and 31 March 2016 (applications will be assessed in April).

Small Projects Fund

The small projects fund will be open throughout the year(as long as there is money left in the fund) with applications being collated on the 15th of each month (with assessment by the 30th).

Secondary School Fund

Participation rates at secondary schools are not as high as we would like them to be so a separate fund of $50,000 is held for programmes to increase participation levels in secondary schools. Secondary Schools can apply to this fund via the Secondary School Sports Advisor during October/November.


All approved projects must complete the following forms (deadlines for these are included in the contract between the lead organisation and Sport Manawatu):


Baseline data - schools (Form 1A)

Baseline data - sports (Form 1B)


Session monitoring forms (optional) (Form 2)

Mid way report (Form 3)


Project completion report (Form 4)

Actual project budget (Form 5)


  • Are there activities that won't be funded via the Regional Partnership Fund? 

    The following are examples of the types of projects that would not be appropriate for Kiwisport:

    • programmes that undermine existing club/volunteer infrastructure;
    • programmes that are considered to be business as usual for stakeholders or where funding displaces existing funding;
    • sport facilities and other capital works;
    • projects/programmes that do not have a focus on organised sport;
    • one-off events and event sponsorship;
    • retrospective projects;
    • social marketing campaigns; and
    • programmes that focus on nutrition and/or physical activity.

To contact us about KiwiSport, email