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Funding for Clubs

Funding is essential to the survival and growth of clubs. It provides additional funds over other income such as memberships and is often the main source of income for many clubs. There is often money available through various agencies but remember other clubs and groups also compete for it so it’s worth putting in the effort to do it well.

There are many different ways to raise funds to support your club, its programmes and projects.


GRANT FUNDING The most common grant agencies are the government (local & regional councils), charitable trusts, foundations, and businesses.  These agencies are established with the primary purpose of giving grants and these grants must meet their own objectives and strategies.

When applying for grants, planning goes a long way. Most funders WILL NOT grant money to something that has already started or starts before funding is received. Funding agencies don’t usually fund activities that have been run previously by your club – it often needs to be a new initiative. Given this, it pays to look at funders’ criteria closely

To find potential funders you can search websites such as the DIA below: 

Societies That Make Grants List of Society Websites

Other websites can also help your search: Generosity New Zealand Community Gaming Association Lotteries Grant Board


SPORT NEW ZEALAND FUNDING Sport NZ have funding opportunities available which clubs may apply for. They align their investment to their strategic priorities which are focused on the vision of getting Every Body Active in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Sport NZ Funding 

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Funding  funding for activities for children and young people. 

Sport NZ have some great resources available on their website to help clubs with funding ideas. https://sportnz.org.nz/resources/fundraising-and-sponsorship/

BOOSTED SPORT BoostedSport is a crowdfunding platform managed by Sport NZ, designed to raise funds for grassroots and community organisations. 

Boosted Sport Website As well as a platform to raise funds for your clubs projects there are some great resources to help guide your fundraising plan, marketing and engagement with your sponsors. 


Being an affiliated Yacht Club or member with Yachting New Zealand helps clubs and associations with their application. Yachting New Zealand are happy to provide letters of support for club funding applications and certificates of affiliation.

For these contact your Regional Development Manager.

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