What is the Sports Event Partnership Fund?

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

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

  1. To attract and retain national secondary school events to the region
  2. To attract 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)
  3. To support events that enhance community spirit, with a further focus on new events and events that have the potential for growth. The  event must be available to large parts of the community and in some way encourage people to get more active, more often
  4. To attract events that are of significant national and/or international importance and positively profile the region.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, the organisation leading the event must be an incorporated society, trust, association, company, or a community group with an ‘umbrella organisation’

(An umbrella organisation is an association of (often related, industry-specific) institutions, who work together formally to coordinate activities or pool resources)

Applying Information/Dates

The fund is open throughout the financial year. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event date.

How to apply

Submit a proposal regarding your event to:

Jess Robinson, Fund Administrator
E: jessr@sportmanawatu.org.nz


An event report needs to be filled out eight weeks after the event – please download the report here