In Southland we are lucky to have so many fantastic funders and supporters of athletes and sport.

Below is a list of just some that may be useful for athletes or sports organisations or clubs looking for some financial support.

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Community Trust of Southland

The Community Trust of Southland is your community owned grant making organisation. It supports charitable or non-profit groups and organisations throughout its funding area, by giving grants for projects or initiatives which benefit the community.

CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE for information on scholarships

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Invercargill Licensing Trust & ILT Foundation

The Invercargill Licensing Trust and ILT Foundation are major funders of community projects in Invercargill. They provide donations and grants totalling around $10million a year to more than 500 organisations.

These range from large developments to grass-roots projects.

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ILT Foundation

The ILT Foundation is an Invercargill based non-profit foundation, distributing grants to the Invercargill community from the proceeds of gaming machines operated in Invercargill Licensing Trust hotels and taverns.

The ILT Foundation supports a broad cross-section of non-profit community groups, charities, welfare agencies and educational organisations and amateur sports.


Mataura Licensing Trust

The Mataura Licensing Trust was established in 1955 and now has 12 outlets with a combined annual turnover of approximately $18million. It employs, on average, 140 people in Eastern Southland and West Otago and its area covers from Tapanui to Tokanui.

It has nine publicly elected board members from this district to set policy and distribute community grants, donations and sponsorships.

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The Lion Foundation

The Lion Foundation is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most respected Charitable Trusts.

There are many Lion Foundation venues and gaming machines across the country and the Lion Foundation consistently return millions of dollars into the community., supporting communities from  Cape Reinga to Bluff, east coast to west, rural to urban. 

To reinforce its commitment to local communities The Lion Foundation has introduced Regional Grants Committees which operate across the country. These committees ensure that local people are making local decisions about local funds.

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Halberg AllSports Activity Fund

The AllSports Activity Fund gives financial grants to physically disabled young people to help overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from participating in sport.

Activity Fund grants are provided to young people (under 21 years old) whose primary barrier to participate in sport or physical recreation is due to a physical impairment.

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KiwiSport Fund

The KiwiSport Fund is a government initiative that focusses on three key outcomes: More Kids, More Opportunities, Better Skills.

Each year Sport Southland is able to allocate and distribute approximately $40,000 per year to Regional Sporting Organisations, Clubs, Schools and Community groups.

Applications close on 31 March each year.

Please note, the results of extenstive community consultation KiwiSport Fund are being processed and a decision on the way it is shaped in future is expected by July 2015. 



Invercargill City Council Active Communities Fund

Organisations can apply for subsidies or loans for sport, fitness and active leisure activity from the Invercargill Active Communities Funding Scheme in two different ways.

The Active Communities Fund aims to encourage people to get involved in sport, fitness or physical recreation. Funds available for distribution under this scheme are generated from the income earned from a capital sum invested from the previous Hillary Commission Loan Programme

CLICK HERE for more information

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Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

The rural travel fund assists with transport expenses associated with participating in regular local competitions.

Sports clubs and school based clubs with young people aged between 5-19 years are eligible to apply. 

Please note that each Council has its own application forms and closing dates through the year.

Southland District Council >>

Gore District Council >>

Queenstown Lakes District Council >>


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MSD Break-Away School Holiday Funding

Funding is available for community organisations and sporting bodies to deliver Break-Away School Holiday Programmes. 

The Break-Away programme provides young people with fun, stimulating and structured activities during the school holidays.  

CLICK HERE for more information and for the application form