Sport New Zealand COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund

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Sport New Zealand has this week announced a new fund designed to assist as short-term relief for Regions and Clubs across all sports throughout the country.

From Monday 11th May, all 6 of our Waka Ama Regions and all Waka Ama New Zealand affiliated Waka Ama Clubs will be eligible to apply to the Sport New Zealand Community Resilience fund.

This Fund is for organisations that are already materially negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and/or will be materially negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions for the period April to June 2020.

This means that:

·         the organisation cannot pay bills for fixed administration costs (excluding wages) in the three months from 1 April to 30 June 2020

·         even after accessing reserves and receiving other support from the national body, the Government, and others

·         as a result of lost income or income that is likely to be delayed by more than six months, because of impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.


 It is intended to help cover fixed administration costs that you are currently unable to pay because of financial hardship caused by the impact of COVID-19.

This includes costs of:

• Insurances

• Power

• Phones

• Rent or facilities hire

• Equipment hire

• Eft-pos fees

• Rates

• Audit fees

• IT support arrangements

• Accountancy support arrangements, and other fixed costs associated with the Annual General Meeting

• Costs of events or programmes that had to be cancelled (not just delayed) because of Covid-19, where the costs can’t be eliminated.


The Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund does not cover:

         Costs of new programmes or events

         Costs incurred outside the period April to June 2020

         Costs associated with professional athletes, professional sports teams, academies, or rep teams

         Capital costs

         Costs that are already covered by other relief arrangements; e.g. through support from your regional or national organisations, by a rent holiday, by the council or other landowner reducing charges for the use of facilities, by rates relief, by the Government’s Wages Subsidy or other Government agencies.

         Wage or salary costs. These may be covered by the Government Wage Subsidy. The Sport NZ website has more information for employers here: Employment Support.


Clubs can apply for up to $1,000
Regions can apply for up to $40,000


How do you apply:

Clubs and Regions apply directly to their local Regional Sports Trust (RST). On Monday 11th each RST will have a process available via their website.

If you are not sure who your local RST is; we have included a full contact list at the end of this Pānui.

If your club or Region sits across more than one RST then you must apply to the one that is located in your registered postal address area.

More information will be posted on the Regional Sports Trust websites regarding the application process.
You may only apply to the RST for the region that covers your organisations registered address. For example if your region is the top half of the North Island and your registered address is Whangarei, you would apply to Sport Northland.


Full information about the fund can be found here:


Should you have any questions or require any assistance, please feel free to contact We will be happy to help you.


List of Regional Sports Trusts:

Aktive - Auckland Sport & Recreation
Aktive - Auckland Sport & Recreation provides region-wide leadership, strategic direction, and a single point of contact for all sport and recreation stakeholders operating across Auckland.


Sport Bay of Plenty
406 Devonport Road, Tauranga 3110
PO Box 13 355, Tauranga 3141
Phone: 07 578 0016
Fax: 07 571 8463


Sport Canterbury - Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust
Sport Canterbury
Unit B, 1 Brynley Street
Christchurch 8042


Sport Gisborne
Level 1, 74 Grey Street
PO Box 1391, Gisborne
Phone: 06 868 9943


Sport Hawke's Bay
Pettigrew-Green Arena, 480 Gloucester Street
Taradale, Napier
PO Box 7537, Taradale, Napier
Phone: 06 845 9333
Fax: 06 845 3983


Sport Manawatu
56 - 62 Queen Street
Palmerston North
PO Box 797, Palmerston North
Phone: 06 357 5349
Fax: 06 358 1178


Sport Northland
ASB Northland Sports House
Kensington Park, Western Hills Drive, Whangarei
PO Box 1492, Whangarei
Phone: 09 437 9600
Fax: 09 437 9639


Sport Otago
40 Logan Park Drive
PO Box 969, Dunedin 9054
Phone: 03 474 6350
Fax: 03 474 6415


Sport Southland
SBS Sports House, Stadium Southland
Isabella Street, Invercargill
PO Box 224, Invercargill
Phone: 03 211 2150
Fax: 03 211 2250


Sport Taranaki
No. 2 Field, Yarrow Stadium, Maratahu
New Plymouth
PO Box 5049, New Plymouth
Phone: 06 759 0930
Fax: 06 759 1779


Sport Tasman
142 Saxton Road, East Stoke
Nelson 7011
PO Box 3197, Richmond
Nelson 7050
Phone: 03 546 7910
Fax: 03 546 3300


Sport Waikato
Sports House, Avalon Drive, Hamilton
PO Box 46, Hamilton
Phone: 07 858 5388
Fax: 07 858 5389


Sport Whanganui
40 Maria Place Extension,
PO Box 516, Wanganui
Phone: 06 349 2300
Fax: 06 349 2322



Sport Wellington
Level 1, 223 Thordon Quay
Thorndon, Wellington
PO Box 24 148, Manners Street, Wellington
Phone: 04 380 2070
Fax: 04 801 8976



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