In November 2010 the SPARC (now Sport NZ) Board discontinued the process of formally "recognising" national sport and recreation organisations. Sport NZ has developed an investment framework that sets out a new approach for investing in national sport and recreation organisations.
How Sport NZ provides funding to the sport and recreation sector
Sport New Zealand directly invests more than $70 million in the sport and recreation sector to help achieve our mission of creating an environment where more New Zealanders participate, support and play.
Sport NZ uses an investment rather than a grants approach to provide funds for the sport and recreation sector. It is important that taxpayer money is spent strategically and that it makes an actual impact.
Who do we invest in?
There are more than 15,000 sport and recreation clubs and organisations across New Zealand. Investing in them individually would be impractical and ineffective. Sport NZ invests in organisations that are best placed in the national, regional and local sport and recreation communities to help us achieve our aims.
Our key partnerships are with national sport organisations, national recreation organisations, regional sports trusts and local authorities. Through these bodies Sport NZ not only invests funding, but also provides expertise that will improve the quality of the services delivered to their members and participants.
Directory of Potential Funding Sources
Sport NZ's investment is only part of the funding landscape for the sport and recreation sector. Philanthropic trusts, gaming trusts and community funders also play a significant role in supporting the sector.
To assist individuals or groups who cannot receive funding for their initiatives through Sport NZ, we have developed a searchable Directory of Potential Funding Sources in conjunction with the Funding Information Service. If you're seeking funding for your team or project, we suggest you use this as a starting point.