Frequently asked questions

KiwiSport is a $20 million per annum funding initiative by the government into supporting sport for school aged children.    Primary, intermediate and secondary schools will receive $12 million per annum in direct funding while approximately $8 million per annum will be invested in communities via Regional Sports Trusts (RSTs).


What is KiwiSport?

The KiwiSport initiative is recognition that schools are a unique gateway for children wanting to get involved in a sports team or club. KiwiSport aims to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport - during school, after school and during holidays.


Why did the Government launch Kiwisport?

Kiwisport answers the call from the sector - schools, clubs, regional sports trusts - for greater support and investment in sport for children. As outlined in pre-election commitments, direct funding means schools will have the flexibility and the freedom to apply the money to address their specific needs to help ensure more children play sport. KiwiSport aims to ensure all kiwi kids get the opportunity to play sport meaning they get the benefits of physical fitness, being part of a team, developing leadership skills, and having fun.


How much money will KiwiSport make available for sport for school-aged children?

Sport Wellington is responsible for the distribution of approximately $2.6 million over the next three years through the Regional Public Fund.

The Primary School Direct Fund equates to approximately $12 per student and the Secondary School Direct Fund equates to $21 per student based on current roll levels. The Regional Partnership Fund will be calculated on a per capita basis based on the number of school-aged children within the boundaries of a Regional Sports Trust.


How, What, When?

Sport Wellington will consider applications from schools, clubs, community organisations carrying out their activities in the Greater Wellington Region. This includes Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt Valley and the Wairarapa. We welcome projects that are new, innovative or transformational with the aim to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport. These projects can be for any length of time up to June 2018.

PARTNERSHIPS between schools, sports, clubs and community organisations with a common goal are necessary. There also needs to be an ALIGNMENT between national, regional and local sporting organisations (i.e. Club > RSO > NSO).


Eligible Projects

We would anticipate receiving applications for projects such as:

  • Out-of-school programmes
  • After-school programmes
  • Sporting breakfast clubs
  • 8-10 week multi-sports taster sessions with follow-up work
  • Multi-skill clubs/festivals
  • Initiatives focused on specific groups e.g. girls or disabled
  • Coaching sessions; sport specific or skill-based sport packages e.g. Grasshopper Tennis
  • Holiday Programmes (sport specific)
  • Training student leaders


Non Eligible Projects

Projects that will not be eligible are:

  • Projects that undermine existing club or volunteer infrastructure
  • Projects that are considered to be business as usual
  • Sport facilities and other capital works
  • Projects that do not have a focus on organised sport
  • One-off events and event sponsorship
  • Retrospective projects
  • Social marketing campaigns
  • Projects that focus on nutrition and/or physical activity
  • Funding directly for sport equipment or uniforms



 Click here to read the answers to some FAQ about the background behind KiwiSport Funding.



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