School sports funding

The Foundation's School Sports Fund provides opportunities for secondary students to engage in cultural activities while already in Japan on sports-related activities.

By providing students the opportunity to extend their experiences in Japan to include cultural activities, we hope to help ignite their curiosity to learn more about the country and inspire them to share their experiences on their return to New Zealand.

The current grant round closes 5pm, Friday 28 February

Are all school groups eligible?

At this stage, the Foundation will only be supporting New Zealand secondary schools.

All applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.


What can the funding be used for?

The Foundation will support uniquely Japanese cultural activities or activities that provide a uniquely Japanese experience.

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 shrine, museum or gallery
  • Attend a sporting event such as sumo, baseball, kendo or judo
  • Attend a festival (autumn festival, cherry blossom festival)
  • Participate in a craft-making workshop, such as bonsai, origami, ikebana
  • Stay a night at a Japanese inn (minshuku)
  • Visit the Sky Tree tower in Tokyo
  • Take a trip on a bullet train
  • Visit Akihabara district of Tokyo 
  • Visit the Sony Museum
  • Bathe in an onsen.

Read the 2019 sumo tournament calendar (PDF - 190KB)

*Please contact Kirsty Sharp if you have any questions about the eligibility of the activity you wish to do.

2020 Funding Deadlines

Round 1: Closes 5pm, Friday 28 February

Round 2: Opens Monday 2 March and closes 5pm, Friday 15 May

Round 3: Opens Monday 18 May and closes 5pm, Friday 18 September

If your travel plans do not fit into the funding time frames, please contact Kirsty Sharp, sports adviser, [email protected] / 0274589641.

How long will the funding process take?

It will take the Foundation about three weeks to notify applicants of the outcome.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to $7000.


Terms and conditions

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 

It should be noted that 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.

How to apply?

Please fill in our online application form. Before you begin, we suggest you go through the form to get an idea of what is expected.

You will need to:

  • be an Educators Network Member to apply. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe by signing up to the Education Newsletter in the footer at the bottom of this page
  • upload a letter of support from your school's principal
  • upload an itinerary of cultural activities your group would like to experience, including a budget.

Once you've submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation including a copy of your form. If you do not receive this email, please contact us: [email protected]



For more information please contact Kirsty Sharp, Sports Adviser, Asia New Zealand Foundation:

[email protected] 

Ph: 0274589641