Skip to main content

Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund

The funding round for 2023/24 opened 19 May 2023.

There is one funding round per year. The 2023/24 round opened Friday, 19 May and will close Thursday, 04 April 2024.

The Sport NZ Assessment Committee will meet at the end of April 2024 to consider applications.

This fund is supplied by Sport NZ and administered by the Rangitīkei District Council. The Committee is made up of two Councillors and the Mayor.

The fund was developed in response to concerns raised about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities. It is targeted at young people aged between 5 and 18 years, and is open to all rural sports clubs (including school club teams) with eligible members who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

An example is petrol vouchers for travel to local sporting events.

Before beginning the application process we recommend you check that your group is eligible for funding:

  • are you a sports group with youth from 5-19 years of age?
  • do you need financial help to travel to compete in your regular sporting competitions?
  • are you in the Rangitīkei district?
  • are you happy to provide accountability evidence?

If you answered yes, then we may be able to help. Please note that this funding is only for travel to regular local events, not regional or national. You will find more detailed information in the document below:

You can access the application form here:

The application process is now online. If you need assistance completing your application, please contact the administrator:

Further information for the fund is available by:

  • visiting the Council’s offices at 46 High Street, Marton or 102Hautapu Street, Taihape
  • or phoning the Council on 0800 422 522
  • or emailing

Results for 2022/23

  • Marton Junior Rugby
  • Marton School
  • Taihape Area School
  • Hunterville Sports Club Inc
  • Rangitikei College

Results for 2021/22

  • Hunterville Sports Club Inc.
  • Taihape Area School
  • Nga Tawa Diocesan School