More sports funding on offer in the south

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SOUTHLAND’S play, active recreation and sports organisations are being encouraged to apply for a second round of Community Resilience Funding from Sport New Zealand, which will again be administered by Sport Southland.

Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said the funding was part of the $265 million sports recovery package announced as part of Budget 2020.

“The criteria has been loosened since the previous round of Community Resilience Fund was allocated, with organisations no longer required to be affiliated to Sport NZ national partners in order to be eligible.

“The money can also now be used for a broader range of costs including operational and administrative costs.”

Organisations throughout Southland received more than $250,000 in the first phase of the fund.

The latest funding round had increased in scope to include a wider range of costs, including operational.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said phase two of the fund, which runs until September 4, was aimed at providing financial support for organisations experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19 in the period from July 1 to September 30.

“The sporting sector continues to feel the financial effects wrought by Covid-19, but the good news is Southland has received a larger allocation of funding in phase two of the Community Resilience Fund and we are ready to assist organisations to apply.

“We want to help ensure that organisations are able to continue delivering quality physical activity experiences that get Southlanders active,” McDermott said.

Applications were welcomed from organisations which had not previously received funding from Sport NZ, and those which may have received some support already through Community Resilience Fund in May/June 2020.

The fund was not intended for organisations which already receive investment directly from Sport NZ.

One key change to the previous Community Resilience Fund was the ability to claim assistance for a broader range of costs including operational costs critical to delivering activities and programmes to support the reactivation of active recreation and sport now New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 1.

“Not all clubs and organisations have fixed costs (such as clubrooms, phone bills etc), and assistance for operational funding will mean more community organisations will be eligible for support and, importantly, will be better placed to ensure our community’s access to active recreation and sporting opportunities are maintained,” McDermott said.

The fund provided extra financial help on top of other relief such as the Government Wage Subsidy, other sources of funding, and support from national bodies.

  • To find out more, go to www.sportsouthland.co.nz
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