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More funding for grassroots sport

Second round offers Tairawhiti $150,000.

More help is on the way for sporting codes and clubs in Tairawhiti still struggling financially in the wake of Covid-19.

Minister for Sport Grant Robertson yesterday announced a further $10 million of relief funding to grassroots sport, as the second phase of the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund (CRF).

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti will be administering the fund in the region, which is open for applications for five weeks from now.

“Eligible organisations are able to apply for up to $25,000, with a simpler application form for those applying for up to $5000,” said Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti chief executive, Stefan Pishief.

A total of $150,000 will be distributed across Te Tairawhiti.

“This round of the fund will provide much-needed financial support to the play, active recreation and sport systems,” he said.

“Keeping physically active is so important to wellbeing, and we really want to see our clubs and community groups supported to continue providing those opportunities.”

The first phase of the Community Resilience Fund was released in May and June, of which Tairawhiti sporting organisations received $136,142.

“As a result of feedback to the first round, a broader range of organisations and costs are eligible to be funded in the CRF phase two,” he said.

“Organisations will now be able to apply for fixed costs such as rent and insurance, as well as operational costs critical to delivering activities and programmes to support the reactivation of sport and active recreation.

“Applications are welcomed from any organisation which is an incorporated society, charitable trust or registered charity and has a primary purpose of play, active recreation or sport.”

Mr Pishief said those who had already received support during the May/June round of Community Resilience Funding would be eligible to reapply.

The application form and further information can be found on the Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti website.

Applications to the fund close on September 4.