A $25 million package has been allocated to provide further shortterm relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Financial help at hand for regional sports

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Financial help is on its way for sporting clubs and regional organisations battling to stay afloat in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sport NZ has created a $25 million package to provide further short-term relief for organisations at all levels of sport and active recreation.

The funds have been made available through savings achieved from the reprioritisation of Sport NZ’s work programme in the wake of Covid-19, as well as the drawing down on cash reserves.

Last week’s announcement follows an initial package of support for Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ partners announced in early April.

The second tranche of support has a focus on providing relief for struggling local and regional sport and recreation organisations.
This relief will be provided via a $15m Community Resilience Fund, which opened on Monday.

“Play, active recreation and sport have a key role in maintaining individual health and wellbeing, bringing our communities together and keeping these communities strong,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.

“Clubs and regional organisations are the heartbeat of our sector but have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, particularly through the loss of Class 4 gaming revenue and membership fees and they need support now more than ever,” he said.

The Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund will be administered through New Zealand’s 14 regional sports trusts.

Eligible organisations can apply for a maximum of $1000 for clubs and $40,000 for regional bodies.

Also included in Sport NZ’s $25 million relief package are: a partner support fund ($6 million) to help Sport NZ and HPSNZ investment partners maintain critical roles and business functions; an exceptional system support fund ($1 million) to protect key national organisations who are not normal recipients of Sport NZ investment and a physical activity fund ($3 million) to promote play, active recreation and sport opportunities to those who most need it (e.g. people who are less active, disabled or live in high deprivation areas).

Further details on these three funds will be announced over the coming weeks.

More information on new $25 million short-term relief package and Sport NZ’s wider response to Covid-19 is available here. Applications to the Community Resilience Fund can be made on the Sport Tasman website.