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We know that sometimes life can be tough for everyone and even the smaller bills can become mountains. The iSPORT foundation has teamed up with the Sport Minister Jonathan Coleman and Sport NZ to help Kiwi kids be the best they can be in the sport they love, no matter their circumstances.

We have 220 grants available of up to $100 each, to pay for the subs or gear required to get children playing sport right now. So put in your application today. Grants applications close 24th June 2016.

The grants are funded through the Government’s Sport and Recreation budget, where Dr Coleman has a small Discretionary Fund each year to support participation in sport and recreation activities.

The application process for this Winter Sports Grant has now closed. Thank you for your interest.

What do I need to apply?

You will need to provide:

  • Your name, address, email address and phone number
  • Your age
  • What school you go to
  • What sport you play, and who for
  • Why you need a grant and what you will use it for
  • Contact details of a referee (for example, a coach, teacher, principal, someone from your club or Regional Sports Trust) who can confirm that you need this grant.
  • Payment details

What is ‘genuine financial need’ and how can I show it?

Genuine financial need is where the cost of subs or equipment is a barrier to playing your sport.

To make sure that the fund goes to those who need it, we are asking that you also include a letter, email or contact details of someone in the community (for example, a coach, club official or principal) who can confirm that you are deserving of this support.

What is an ongoing sporting commitment?

An ongoing sporting commitment is something more than a 1 off activity, so it can include for example, a season of rugby or football or regular sport or physical activity like a term of swimming, gymnastics, running, dance or cycling.

What if I am paying my subs in instalments?

The grant is able to be used to pay the balance of the subs due (up to $100).

What can the money be used for?

The Minister wants to use the Fund to support young people to get involved in sport.  The grants are limited to:

  • fees or subscriptions related to playing winter sport; or
  • the cost of sporting equipment and footwear (such as, boots, shoes, balls, bats or gloves) related to participating in winter sport.

The grants are not to cover things like:

  • travel to or participation in tournaments, training camps, or similar one-off events;
  • coaching where it incurs a charge above the basic fees; or
  • extra costs associated with high performance or elite competition.

When will I find out if my application is successful? How will I find out?

iSport will contact you to let you know if you application was successful as soon as possible after applications close on 24 June 2016.  It is likely that this will happen during the first week of July.