Sport NZ Rural Travel fund

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise rural travel for junior teams aged between 5-19 years. It helps school and club sports teams participate in local sporting competitions.

The grant application opens on Monday 4 March 2024 and closes on Friday 5 April 2024.

Who can apply

Application for the Rural Travel Fund is open to rural sports clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5–19 years who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

Applications must be for local competitions or events, and be made by sports clubs and school-based teams. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Funding is not provided for the purpose of travel to regional or national events.

Criteria for considering Rural Travel Fund applications

School club teams and sports club teams are defined as:

  • 'a school club team participating in regular local sport competition in weekends, which excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time' and/or, 'a sports club team participating in organised, regular sport competition through club membership outside of school time'.

  • Funding will not be provided for the purpose of travel to regional or national events.


Recipients of funding through the Rural Travel Fund are required to complete an Accountability Form within which they must:

  • Specify how the grant was spent and attach evidence of expenditure - such as receipts, invoices or signed statements by the club's accountant.

  • Report the benefits of having received the assistance.

How to apply

You can apply for this grant via our online form. 

Or you can send a printable Sport NZ rural travel grant application form(PDF, 235KB)  to

Further information

For further information on Rural Travel Fund, Please contact Waitaki District Council on phone 03 433 0300 or