Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

Let's support our rural kids get to sport!!

The Rural Travel Fund Round One for 2023/2024 is now open!
Last day to submit an application is Sunday 27th August 2023

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund subsidises rural travel for junior teams and clubs aged between and including 5-18 years. It helps school and club sports teams who require financial assistance with transport costs so that they can participate in local sports competitions.

This Fund helps make Ōtorohanga District a supportive and empowering place for our young people to grow.


The application window for this Round One for 2023/2024 is;
Tuesday 1st August 2023 through Sunday 27th August 2023.

Applications will be considered by Council’s Grants and Awards Committee, with the deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding being held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 25 October 2023. All applicants will be informed of the results the following week. Remember this is a rolling fund- if you miss this round, just apply for the next one in six months time.

If you are successful – fantastic! As an agreement for receiving funds, you must fill in a Grant Accountability Form. This tells us all about your project and how it went. It’s a good idea to get it done as soon as you finish.


  • Costs must cover local sports competition out of school time, this can include events held at weekends and nights, but excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions run during school hours.
  • Team members need to be aged between and including 5 to 18 years.
  • Funding can cover costs such as van hire, petrol.


  • Rural school or club teams located outside of Ōtorohanga District.
  • Individual players, coaches or officials.
  • Teams not participating in regular, organised, local competition.
  • Rural school club teams competing in inter-school or intra-school competition during school hours.
  • Teams travelling to regional or national sport competitions.

For full information on the fund, what's eligible and what's not, check out the guideline document to the right.


All applications must be made online here;

  • Complete the form with all necessary information attached.
  • Please double check your bank details are current, and all the numbers are correct.
  • Submit your application before the advertised closing date/time.

Please note: incomplete or late applications may be deemed ineligible and therefore may not be considered for funding.

When you submit your application make sure you are somewhere with a good internet connection. All applications go onto our server which saves them all. Our grants team will email you to let you know it has been received.

If you need computer access, help completing the online form, or uploading the supporting information and documentation, head to Ōtorohanga Library where the friendly staff can help you get it all done.

Thank you for your time preparing this application. Your commitment to our young people is helping make Ōtorohanga District a supportive and empowering place to live. Good luck!

In order to be able to pause and restart your application at any moment, and to have quick access to completed applications you will be asked to register to Connecting Ōtorohanga before starting your application. Once registered you won't be asked again and you will be able to easily apply to our other grants and participate in all our public consultations and engagements.


If you have any questions, please email;  [email protected]