Funding for sports clubs still on offer

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SOUTHLAND sporting organisations have benefited to the tune of about $160,000 but Sport Southland is still keen to allocate money before funding is pulled on June 19.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said about half of Southland’s Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund of $327,000 had already been allocated.

The fund, being administered by Sport Southland, was made available through the Government’s Covid-19 funding allocations and any money not distributed from the fund by June 19 would be returned, Mr McDermott said.

Some of the applicants to receive high levels of funding in the south were: Rugby Southland $36,806, Southland Cricket Association $16,604, Southland Football Inc $16,591, Netball Zone South $12,533.41, Cycling Southland $11,287 and Eastern Southland Basketball $9557.09.

Many other sporting and recreational organisations including some from Bluff, Lumsden and Gore had received funds with many of the successful applications around the $1000 mark.

With income streams such as affiliation fees, fundraising activities and even money made at club bars drying up, money was not available to pay fixed bills, Mr McDermott said.

“I think overall the theme (from organisations) is we’re hurting, yes we’re struggling but we’re not in dire straits right now.”

Set criteria meant applications must be from regional organisations or clubs, affiliated to one of Sport NZ’s national partners or Maori sports clubs or organisations not affiliated to a national partner but which could gain endorsement from one of Sport NZ’s Maori partners.

For more information go to www.sportsouthland.co.nz

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