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More kids, more opportunities, more skills

KiwiSport is a government funding initiative administered by Sport Wellington to increase participation in sport for school-aged children. The Wellington KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund Plan 2015-18 outlines how KiwiSport funding will be allocated and distributed across the greater Wellington region (Wellington, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa). Sport Wellington is responsible for the distribution of approximately $2.6 million over the next three years.

KiwiSport aims to:

  • Increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children
  • Support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport

KiwiSport Funding Round now closed

KiwiSport is a government funded initiative administered here at Sport Wellington on behalf of Sport New Zealand with the aim to engage school-aged children in quality sporting opportunities.  

We are pleased to invite applications for our next funding round.  
If you have a project with a regional focus, that provides new (or expands existing) participation opportunities for school-aged children, which requires funding to get off the ground, please send in your application! Funding is only available until September 2020. This funding round closed on Sunday, 28th April 2019.  

If you would like to arrange a meeting regarding a potential KiwiSport application please email:


Considerations for Funding Applications:

From 2018 onwards, some changes to the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund priorities have occurred. To see “more kids, more opportunities, more skills” occurring in our communities most effectively, applications that have a focus on the following will be prioritised:

  • Programmes / approaches that engage and support young people in low-participating communities to ensure they receive appropriate physical activity or sporting opportunities. The following groups have been determined to have lower rates of engagement in sport:
  • Girls aged between 10 and 18 years
  • Low decile communities
    • Māori
    • Pasifika
    • Indian
  • KiwiSport funding for in-curriculum initiatives will be minimal over 2017/18. The School Sport Futures project (Sport NZ) identified an issue with sport-based programmes replacing quality physical education, particularly in primary schools, and therefore Sport NZ has recommended this reduction.

If you have a large project that spans regionally, provides new, or expands existing, sporting opportunities for school-aged children that requires funding, then we would encourage you to send in your EOI application. KiwiSport funding is not intended to maintain the same initiative long term as funding is only confirmed until June 2019.

KiwiSport Funding Requirements for all applications

KiwiSport Funding Considerations for all applications


KiwiSport Funding Round - Key Dates

Sunday 28 April Funding Round closes Midnight

Friday 3 May Applications assessed by Assessment Panel and recommendation put forward to the Sport Wellington Board

Thursday 16 May Sport Wellington Board Meeting

Friday 17 May Applicants notified of outcomes

KiwiSport Targeted Fund

Applications are now closed

KiwiSport priorities in detail

KiwiSport Review

The purpose of the review was to determine that the objectives of the Kiwisport RPF remain fit for purpose in light of the current Sport NZ strategy, to see whether it aligns with the aims of Sport NZ’s Young People Plan and to help inform Sport NZ strategic investment decisions from July 2020.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Report

Credit: Sport NZ

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