Strategic Partnership Fund

The Foundation is looking to develop partnerships with major sporting organisations to deliver projects or events that increase New Zealanders' knowledge and awareness of Asia and build confidence when interacting with the region.

This is a high-level fund aimed at national sporting organisations and local organising committees for national or international sporting events. This funding is available for event organisers who will be hosting teams/individuals from Asia.

(Banner image photo provided by: Hockey New Zealand)

Some examples

Through this partnership, the Foundation is looking to increase connections and engagement between visiting sports people from Asia and New Zealanders.

The following are examples that have been used by previous partners:

  • Officials and coaches' breakfasts – presentations and Q&A
  • Umpire game observation and assessment – upskill your officials
  • Community game activations – skill and drills
  • High school teams host visiting teams for training session
  • Youth reporters – pre and post game interviews
  • Team/school buddies – school visits become game supporters
  • Player interviews – digital resources to share beyond the event

We welcome your ideas, recognising each event offers different opportunities.

How to apply

Following discussions with our programme manager, Kirsty Sharp, you will need to submit a partnership proposal.

This will outline the activities you will deliver, who is the intended audience and how this helps the Foundation increase New Zealanders knowledge, awareness and confidence with Asia. 

The level of funding is negotiated for each partnership, ranging from $5000 - $20,000.

How long will the process take?

The Foundation requires at least six weeks from signing the agreement until the event date. The earlier you can begin talks with the Foundation the more time we have to ensure the success of the partnership.

Terms and conditions

This funding is available for event organisers who will be hosting teams/individual from Asia.

The Partnership will be formalised with an agreement that will outline the specific outcomes, terms and conditions.

Please read the Foundation's standard Terms and Conditions. 


Please contact our programme manager Kirsty Sharp: or  phone (09) 369 5014.