Community Sports Fund

The Foundation's Community Sports Fund provides funding for community sports groups travelling to Asia for sports to include cultural activities to their itineraries.

By providing sportspeople the opportunity to extend their experiences to include cultural activities, we hope to help ignite participants' curiosity to learn more about the country they are visiting and share their experiences with their peers, friends and whānau on returning to New Zealand.

The latest application round has closed. The next round will open late August 2024.

Key dates

  • The latest round has Closed
  • Grants announced early April
  • The next round will open late August 2024

There are two funding rounds per year (usually in January and August). 

If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation's programme manager (Sports) Kirsty Sharp:, 0274589641.


Community sports funding is available for:

  • non-professional sports people only
  • athletes aged 14 and over
  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

The main criteria for travelling to Asia must be to participate, train, upskill or officiate in sport.

What can grants go towards?

Funding can go towards transportation, tickets, entry fees, food and accommodation (at the discretion of the Foundation).*

The following is a list of some suggested activities:

  • Visit a cultural site, such a shrine, museum or gallery
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Attend a festival
  • Participate in a craft-making workshop.

*Please speak to programme manager (Sports) Kirsty Sharp if you have any questions about the eligibility of the activities you wish to do

How much can I apply for?

Funding is designed to support half/full days of cultural activities. Budget on approximately $300 per person, up to a maximum of $7000 per team.

Funding must be used within 12 months of the date of your application.

How to apply

The latest application round has closed. The next round will open late August 2024.

Terms and conditions

Sports groups receiving funds are required to extend their itinerary while in Asia beyond the sports activity and experience the culture of the host nation.

Groups must be given approval to travel by their national sports organisation. Funding must be used within 12 months of the date of your application.

There will be several opportunities where you can acknowledge the Foundation’s  support, prior, during and on return, these will be discussed with the successful recipients.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard terms and conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

 Foundation funding recipients are expected to:

  • provide a 500-600 word article for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website, including photos (to be submitted while undertaking the trip or within two weeks of completion).
  • submit a report on their experience accounting for how the funding was spent (further details will be provided to successful applicants)
  • seek opportunities to share their experience on return to New Zealand
  • remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Please read the full terms and conditions

Note: The Asia New Zealand Foundation is liable to inspection by the Office of the Auditor General. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to account for the spending of funds received. The Foundation will require the funds to be returned if their use cannot be adequately accounted for.

Applicants must submit reports on any outstanding funds they have received before a new application will be considered. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


For more information please contact Asia New Zealand Foundation programme manager (Sports) Kirsty Sharp.