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

To apply please  click here

If you have any questions prior to then, please email us on or Sport NZ on


KiwiSport is a government funding initiative administered by Sport Whanganui to increase participation in sport for school aged children in the Whanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapheu districts. All applications need to address at least one of the following national KiwiSport outcomes of:


  • Increase the number of school aged children participating in organised sport during and after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for school aged children
  • Support children to develop skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport at both primary and secondary level.

Latest Information

To those with big ideas or big plans for your sport, club or school in the active recreation, sport and play space KiwiSport funding is currently open and accepting applications. Due to Covid-19 the application window will be open until end of 2020 (or funding has been distributed in its entirety) and applications considered on a monthly basis.

If you have a project that needs support and is targeted at our tamariki and rangatahi (5-18 year olds) with the purpose of generating more participation opportunities, developing skills and/or give availability and accessibility opportunities to our school aged children then please feel free to get in touch

If you already have funding and have any issues with how your project can be run at this time, please get in contact with us.

KiwiSport Application Details 2019-2020

Kiwisport funding overview

What is KiwiSport

Application Information & Guidelines 2020

Application Form

 For more information please contact Lucy Newton on, 06 349 2320 or 022 111 0094.

Future Champions Trust

The Future Champions Trust is aimed at giving local people and businesses an opportunity to support our talented sporting youth with a “hand up” to reach their full potential at international level in their chosen sport.

The Future Champions Trust encourage all athletes interested in applying to visit the website to access the criteria for the fund and application form. Funding rounds are held twice yearly, at the end of March and September.

For more information please contact Karen Bukholt Business Manager 349 2315 or

Click here to find out more about Future Champions Trust