Council Support

The following information is collated by Sport Wellington through the Regional Response Group.  We currently have information pertaining to Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council and Masterton District Council, regarding their rental/hire relief and support packages.

This information is correct as of 5 June 2020

Wellington City Council

Social and Recreation Fund


The Social & Recreation Fund was redirected to support social and community agencies providing services and meeting additional demand as a result of COVID-19.

This fund is now closed and decisions will be made at the Council Grants Subcommittee on 23 June 2020

Rental relief/fees waiver

•  WCC will not be charging any fees for competition or training until the 1st of July 2020

•  This will include sports fields (both artificial and natural turf), indoor courts at the ASB Sports Centre, outdoor courts and lane bookings at swimming pools

•  From the 1st of July 2020 normal fees will apply as per the Draft Annual Plan, noting we are not proposing to increase fees and charges for community sport in the 20/21 Plan

•  For winter sports where Regional Sports Organisations would normally pay a seasonal fee; this fee will be recalculated for a 3 month season (Jul – Sep)

•  To be eligible for paying no fees until the 1st of July 2020 you will need to be affiliated to a national or regional sporting body or be an incorporated society or trust whose primary purpose is the delivery of community sport

· Commercial businesses (including private training swim squads and sports academies) are excluded.

Upper Hutt City Council

Reduction in ground fees and rent relief

Ground Fee increases for the new financial year have been cancelled, so fees will remain the same as the last financial year to help club costs (except charges for new facilities or services).

Reductions in current ground fees to compensate for the period where clubs have not been able to use fields will be considered on a case by case basis.

Rent/Lease payments.  Council has agreed not to charge clubs for periods when through no fault of their own they couldn’t access or use the facilities that they had an arrangement to use.

UHCC has established a $1m Recovery Fund to provide assistance in the economic, social and cultural recover of our community. Details on how this fund will be applied are currently being worked out.


Community Grants

The Upper Hutt City Council 2020 Community Grants Funding Scheme is open from 15 June until 31 July 2020.  

Community Grant applications are open to any not-for-profit group servicing Upper Hutt residents.

Upper Hutt Local and Regional not-for-profit groups can apply under either of the following categories:

Local Grants
For groups based in the Upper Hutt area and primarily servicing Upper Hutt residents

Regional Grants
For groups situated outside of Upper Hutt but provide a service to Upper Hutt residents

 Council's three priority areas for funding are:

  • Can demonstrate a strong need for the service, programme or event and wide community benefit and/or
  • Has substantial volunteer involvement and self help and/or
  • Projects which promote a sense of community and contribute to community well-being.

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Porirua City Council

Relief package

Porirua City Council is waiving fees and charges for Porirua sports clubs and freezing them next year to help clubs bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The city currently has 70 groups regularly using Porirua’s sports fields, outdoor courts, outdoor recreation and open spaces. Fees and charges include ground and venue hire, reserve lease fees, rates, water charges.

Charges that are usually paid for winter ground and venue hire won’t be charged for the period up until June 2020.

PCC is also reducing the annual reserve lease fees for six months which will benefit all 70 groups and is not going to increase next year’s fees and charges to give the clubs time to get back on their feet.

Masterton District Council

Rent relief

Have offered a full 12 months of rent relief for our leased spaces. The 12 months’ rent relief is intended to both reduce financial pressure on our clubs and to allow them to redeploy their funds to enable them to operate in a post-COVID landscape.

MDC has also provided online resources where clubs can find information to help them operate safely, including links to Sport NZ’s advice on managing contact tracing and hygiene protocols.

Hutt City Council

Hutt City Council Community Resilience Fund – Sport & Recreation


The purpose of the fund is to ensure that sporting organisations, groups and initiatives across Lower Hutt are financially supported to deliver services that support well-being.

Funding is available now and applications will be assessed weekly.

The fund has an initial cap of up to $500 (excluding GST) per request. A total budget of $30,000 (GST exclusive) is available for allocation.

Some examples of initiatives that can be funded are:

•  Sports clubs and organisations that don’t have fixed costs that can be funded through the Sport Wellington Community Resilience Fund, but for whom a decrease in revenue is impacting cash-flow and operations.

•  Sports clubs and organisations with an extremely high level of fixed costs, which is beyond the level of funding available elsewhere. 

•  Organisations that are unique in their affiliation or alignment (eg: sub-regional associations, club collectives) and so don’t qualify elsewhere

•  Organisations who otherwise meet the criteria for other funds but cannot demonstrate an immediate cash-flow challenge but can foresee one

Applications must provide details on:

· how Covid-19 has presented financial challenges to your organisation, leading to a decreased ability to deliver your service

·  how the grant will be used to fund community-led sport and recreation and support wellbeing for those in the community;

·  the efforts of your organisation to date either alongside Council or other partners which demonstrate partnership and improved efficiencies in this time.  

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   Lease relief support

Sport and recreation groups with facilities on HCC reserve land are eligible to have lease costs waived for April and May 2020. A credit or a reduction in charge will be automatically applied to accounts. If you have any questions about this, email Grant funding for organisations who have lease costs waived will be considered on case-by-case basis.