The purpose of this fund is to provide funding opportunities to National and South Island sporting events.

These sporting events will bring participants from around New Zealand to Christchurch and provide opportunities for local sporting bodies to strengthen and develop their sport in Christchurch.

The Small Sports Events Fund is open to sports associations/clubs or event managers who may make more than one application per funding round as long as each application is for a separate event.

Successful events will clearly demonstrate their contribution to the Council funding outcomes and priorities. Organisations must be able to demonstrate their ability to contribute towards their event and not rely on Council funding as their sole source of income.

Please note that the level of support provided through the Small Sports Events Fund ranges between $500 to $2,000. 

Apply for funding

The Small Sports Events Fund is now closed until April 2019. All applications received this year are currently going through the assessment process and an outcome is expected in June.

Please ensure you save the progress on your application to ensure that your work is not lost in the event of an error.

New: Please note that a full event budget will now be required with your funding application. The budget will need to outline all event expenses and income. Budget information should be based on quotes from suppliers you intend to use. You will be able to attach the budget within the funding application. 

By applying for Small Sports Events Funding you will be agreeing to the Terms & Conditions [PDF, 33 KB] associated with this funding. 

If you have an event you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact the Sports Promotions & Events Advisor by email or phone (03) 941 8999.


The Small Sports Events Fund opened on Wednesday 18 April 2018 and closed at midnight on Friday 18 May 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the decision in June 2018.


Minimum Requirements:

  • The event must be a Trans-Tasman, National or South Island event (this fund excludes International events, however consideration will be given to National or South Island events that attract international participants)
  • You must have a substantial number of participants attending from outside of Christchurch and our surrounding districts
  • The sporting event or activity must involve at least one night’s accommodation in Christchurch
  • The event must be aligned or have support from the National or Regional sporting association
  • Event must be held in Christchurch (Council may consider an event/activity where participants are staying in Christchurch but the competition is elsewhere)
  • The event is not eligible if it has received funding from other Council sources
  • Must have public liability insurance to the value of $2,000,000
  • The application must come from an incorporated society
  • If successful the applicant must sign the Councils terms and conditions in the form of a contract.

Preference will be given to events that meet the following criteria:

  • Events which are contestable to host i.e. need to be applied for and are allocated annually
  • Top level National events e.g Masters, Elite and Age Group
  • Top level South Island events e.g. Masters, Elite and Age Group
  • Events where 50% or more of their participants come from outside of Christchurch and surrounding districts
  • Events that attract 500 or more participants in total.

What this fund covers

  • Venue hire/ground hire
  • Operational or project costs related to the event
  • Small equipment purchases for the purpose of your event
  • Marketing and promotional expenses
  • Aspects of your event relating to Health and Safety
  • Volunteer, referee/official operational expenses.

What this fund will not cover

  • Debt servicing or re-financing costs
  • Stock or capital market investment
  • Gambling or prize money
  • Payment of any legal expenditure, including costs or expenditures related to mediation disputes or ACC, Employment Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal, professional or disciplinary body hearings
  • Activities or initiatives where the primary purpose is to promote religious ministry, political objectives, commercial or profit-oriented interests
  • Medical or healthcare costs – including treatment and insurance fees
  • Money which will be re-distributed as grant funding, sponsorship, donations, bequests, aid funding or aid to other recipients
  • Payment of fines, court costs, IRD penalties or retrospective tax payment
  • Purchase of insurance covers i.e Public Liability
  • Purchase of vehicles and any related ongoing maintenance repair, overhead costs or road user charges.