Community Resilience Fund

Community Resilience Fund Phase 2

Sport Whanganui is proud to be partnering with Sport NZ to administer the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund (Phase 2) in our region.

The fund will be available from 3 August 2020 and aims to provide financial support to play, active recreation or sport organisations who are experiencing financial hardship in the period 1 July to 30 September 2020, as a result of Covid-19.

Who can apply

The fund is open to a wide range of organisations. Please use the diagram below to test your eligibility.


To be eligible as a provider of physical activity opportunities through play, organisations must:

  • have a primary purpose of supporting active play for tamariki aged 5-11 years, and
  • be a financial member of either the International Play Association Aotearoa New Zealand or Recreation

Play must be intrinsically motivated, freely chosen by tamariki, for no pre-determined outcomes, and with
limited or no adult-led involvement. Our focus for play is an opportunity that happens outside curriculum – any
delivery that is aligned to play-based learning (curriculum) is outside this scope.

Community Sport and Recreation Hubs

A Sports Hub is a partnership where organisations co-locate or share facilities and/or services strategically, sometimes via an independently governed group, within a defined geographical area, to provide sustainable, quality sport and recreation experiences.

To be an eligible Sports Hub, you must be:

  • an established operating sports hub with two or more sports clubs that are affiliated to their relevant Regional Sport Organisation (RSO).
  • able to demonstrate that there is wider community engagement, availability and use of hub facilities and services to the wider community.
  • able to demonstrate that you are delivering initiatives on behalf of members and wider community interests to improve rates of community participation in play, active recreation and sport.

We welcome applications from organisations that have not previously received funding from Sport NZ, and those that may have received some support already through Community Resilience Fund in May/June 2020. Applicants for the earlier Community Resilience Fund had to be affiliated to Sport NZ national partners, but this is not a requirement for Community Resilience Fund Phase 2.

One key change to the previous Community Resilience Fund will be the ability to claim assistance for a broader range of costs including operational costs that are critical to delivering activities and programmes, to support the reactivation of active recreation and sport now that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 1.

Not all clubs and organisations have fixed costs (such as clubrooms, phone bills etc), and assistance for operational funding will mean more community organisations will be eligible for support, and importantly, will be better placed to ensure our communities access to active recreation and sporting opportunities are reinstated/maintained.

To find out more download our fund guidelines Community Resilience Fund Phase 2 – Guidelines and factsheet CRF2 factsheet

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Community Resilience Fund Phase 1

CRF successful applicants