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Funding the future of sport

Active Voice
with Erin Kouwenhoven
Sport BOP Team Administration Support

Applications are now open for the KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund, a government-funded initiative to promote sport for school-aged children.

Sport Bay of Plenty coordinate the fund annually for sporting and community organisations to apply for. It is designed to be an investment for projects that meet the goals of KiwiSport, which are 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 to develop skills that enable them to participate confidently in sport.

The KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund has funded more than $505,000 in the past year to support Bay of Plenty organisations to get more young people playing sport and developing their skills.

This fund makes a positive difference to the community, as each organisation has a project that meets the needs of the children in their community. Whether that need is to reduce barriers by subsidising transport or registration fees; provide new opportunities, such as starting up a new weekly sports league or lunchtime programme, or purchasing equipment; or improving the skills of our players, coaches and officials to make sport more sustainable and ensure quality delivery.

Organisations that can apply for the KiwiSport RPF include schools, sports clubs and associations, regional sports organisations, community centres and any other not-for profit organisations that want to get more children playing sport and developing their skills.

We have two-types of funds available this funding round: the KickStart Fund, aimed at smaller projects, and the Skilled Deliverers Fund, which is for new initiatives or current initiatives expanding into new areas.

Applications for the KiwiSport Fund are open now until Friday, 11 August.

For more information or to apply, please visit the website: www.sportbop.co.nz/funding/kiwisport/(Please read the Information Pack before completing the application form).

For further information regarding the KickStart applications, contact me on erink@sportbop.co.nz or 021 513 657. For enquires about the Skilled Deliverers applications, contact Megan Cleverley on meganc@sportbop.co.nz or 027 461 7219.

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