Sports Assistance Fund

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What is the Sports Assistance Fund

The Sports Assistance Fund has been established by the Palmerston North City Council and the administration responsibilities of this fund has been given to Sport Manawatu.

The fund is to be allocated throughout the Sport Manawatu's financial year from 1 July - 30 June.

Purpose of the fund

The purpose of the Sports Assistance Fund is to support operational cost for sports events in Palmerston North and the Manawatu that reinforce economic growth and/or community spirit through the provision of grants.

Who can apply to the fund?

Sport Manawatu in coordination with the district councils, has four main priorities that influence funding decisions;

A) To attract and retain national secondary school events to the region

B) To attached and retain events that drive a significant economic impact to the region (attract 200+ visitors to the region who will stay in the region for at least one evening)

C) To support events that enhance community spirit, with a further focus on new events and events that have potential for growth.

D) To attract events that are of significant national and/or international importance and positively profile the region.

Eligible projects/activities

Items that can be funded by this grant include

- Equipment hire

- Advertising/promotion costs eg Programs, posters, signage, advertising and promotional material, race numbers, radio promotion, certificates 

- Venue hire

- Medals / Ribbons

- First aid costs

- MC costs

- Volunteer costs eg recognition costs

- Traffic management costs

- Event timing costs

Please note a quote will need to be attached for all items that are being applied for.

Applying information/dates

The fund is open throughout the financial year

Applications are due eight weeks before the event 


How to apply

Download the application form here for the 2015-2016 year

Please download the guidelines here for the 2015-2016 year

Please contact Sport Manawatu if you have any questions.



An event report needs to be filled out eight weeks after the event

Please download the report here

Who to contact

For further information on the Sports Assistance Fund please contact:

A Community Sport Advisor or Events Coordinator 

Sport Manawatu 

50 Queen Street, Palmerston North

P: 06 3575349