On Monday the Net Proceeds Committee approved funding for 70 different grant applicants under the NZRB ‘Sports’ Authorised Purpose during the meeting, for a total amount of $514,818 (an average of $7,355 per successful grant applicant).

These grants help a number of sporting codes all over New Zealand.

Funding was provided to the following sports; Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cricket, Croquet, Football, Gym Sport, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Netball, Paralympics, Pony Club, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Squash, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Tennis, Trusts/Facilitators, Waka Ama, Water Polo and Yachting.

The grants contribute to a number of different purposes including playing and training equipment, playing uniforms, travel and accommodation costs associated with attending tournaments and for hiring facilities or grounds to conduct amateur sport.

  • The largest contribution of $20,302.49 was granted to the Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc. towards the costs associated with the purchase of 3 competition Waka and a custom built tailor, as well as an IRB with trolley to provide safety, support and coaching. This will help meet the increase in junior paddlers, and provide the ability provide coaching and added safety whilst on the water.
  • $20,000.00 was funded to the Winter Games New Zealand Trust, towards the some of the costs of hosting the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ 2017 in Queenstown. The NZRB has fully funded the 'competitors bibs' and provided some funding towards the accommodation for officials and judges. 
  • $20,000.00 was also funded to the Melville Association Football Club Inc. (Hamilton) towards the replacement of their playing gear and training equipment.
  • At the smaller end of the scale – the Wainuiomata Tennis Club Inc (Wellington) applied for and received $900.00 towards new tennis balls for competition games and training over the winter season. 

Distributions made in this financial year are now $2.255m to 291 applicants.

This is in addition to the ongoing funding made under the Racing Authorised Purposes to the Racing Integrity Unit, Judicial Control Authority, NZ Racing Labs, Race Form Publications and Event Management Logistics and the funding to the Tactical Initiatives (Stakes Enhancement, Youth Development & Infrastructure).
The NPC also resolved, under our 'Racing' Authorised Purposes, to apply up to an additional $180k to the Racing Integrity Unit to provide the ability​​ to work in calibration with the Salvation Army to help support and educate members of the New Zealand racing industry on matters around substance abuse from the new financial year.