What is KiwiSport?

The KiwiSport Regional Partnership fund is a government funded initiative that helps to get more school-aged children participating in organised sport.  Sport NZ who oversee the KiwiSport fund have enlisted the 14 Regional Sports Trusts, such as Sport Waikato, to manage the fund on their behalf.  The amount of funding allocated to each Sports Trust depends on how many school-aged children are in each region.  Sport Waikato has administrated this fund on behalf of Sport NZ since 2009. 

The current Waikato investment model will conclude in September of 2015 with a new model required to be submitted for approval to Sport NZ.  A community consultation will be undertaken to help to identify priorities for any future KiwiSport funding.  For more information regarding the consultation process and how to contribute please click on the Consultation tab.  

Secondary Schools Initiative (SSI) Fund applications are now open.  Closing date 27th November

Kick Start Fund applications are now open.  Closing date 15th November

Community Partnership Funding applications are now open.  Closing date 15th November.

Click on the appropriate side tab (at right) for information and the online application form.

KiwiSport objectives are:

  • More Kids - increasing the number of school-age children participating in organised sport; during school, after school and by strengthening links with sports clubs;
  • More Opportunities - increasing the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children to participate in organised sport;
  • Better Skills - to support children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in organised sport.

KiwiSport Funding streams are:


Community Partnership Fund (CPF) For the Development of Youth Sport

This fund will enable a more targeted approach to the development of youth sport in each community. The CPF will be split into targeted age groups; ages 5-7, ages 8-12, ages 13-18.
Projects may target just one of these specific age groups and identify key communities where partnerships and delivery will be established. Projects may however span all age groups and communities when helping to develop sporting pathways. Projects focusing on a school cluster approach may also be received. An advisory panel will ensure region wide coverage is achieved when allocating this fund.

Four funding rounds open each year with a maximum allocation of funds of $40,000

RSO’s/NSO’s, Clubs, School clusters and community organisations will be eligible to apply to the Community Partnership Fund. Priority will be given to projects that are seen to address both KiwiSport and community priorities and show evidence of the following:

  • Partnerships between schools, clubs, community and/or sporting organisations

  • Clear outcomes and rational regarding the need for the project in targeted communities

  • Baseline figures of current participation and projected growth as a result of the project

  • Evidence of how the project will impact on low participation groups and/or children NOT currently involved in sport

  • Financial contribution to the project.  Furthermore projects that are cost effective (amount of delivery in relation to KiwiSport investment) and have sustainable strategies.  Projects should still however be meaningful and not solely about delivery.

  • Alignment to Regional and National junior development programmes

  • Projects that reflect the seasonality of sport

  • Projects that are well thought out, targeted and clearly identify the number of sessions, duration of sessions, what time of year and the setting (afterschool, lunchtime, weekend, in-school), holiday

Kick Start Project Fund

This is a continuation of the short-term investment available for schools, community groups and sport organisations to achieve KiwiSport outcomes. The Kick Start project will enable communities to not be limited in their ideas or aspirations to achieve KiwiSport outcomes and ensures that we have a balanced portfolio:

  • Funding will be allocated on a range of projects to ensure region wide coverage

  • Four funding rounds per year (maximum 12 month period for each project)

  • The maximum allocation to be $5,000 per project

Secondary School Initiative (SSI) Fund

This fund will enable Secondary Schools within the Waikato region to apply for funding to allow for an increase in sport coordinator hours and/or establishing projects within the school to help achieve the following outcomes:

  • Reducing the number of non-participants within the school sport programmes

  • Addressing the drop off rate of students participating in sport

  • Increasing the number of female students participating in sport


Student Sport Workforce Fund (Non-contestable fund)

This is a newly established fund that will help to develop 13-18 year olds as officials, referees and leaders to enable sport within their local communities.

This will be a non-contestable fund, with Sport Waikato to identify providers to deliver quality training programmes.

If you require assistance or clarification with KiwiSport Waikato's funding streams, please don’t hesitate to contact Kerin McDonald; 07 858 5388, 027 444 9016 or kerinm@sportwaikato.org.nz