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Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund

The Rural Travel Fund has been developed in response to concerns raised by territorial authorities regarding a lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities. Geographical isolation, urban drift, lack of employment and training opportunities and access to mainstream funding were identified as barriers to sport participation.

The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams participating in local sport competition. The allocation of the fund is based on a population density formula for territorial authorities that have fewer than 10 people per square kilometre.

Information required includes:

  • Organisation details
  • Number of participants
  • What the funding will be used for
  • How much funding is required
  • Any funding from other organisations
  • Financial statement
  • Deposit Slip

Decision Process

Applications are considered approximately three weeks after the closing date. You can expect to receive notification of the result within the 4 weeks following the decision. The entire payment is then made by direct credit in your account.


Sport New Zealand requires organisations who have received assistance to return an accountability form to Waitomo District Council showing proof of purchase made within that period and attach any receipts.

How to Apply

Application forms are available from Waitomo District Council or see the related links on this page.