The Canterbury Community Trust has allocated more than $420,000 to 41 Nelson sports and recreation groups.
Sport Tasman receives the largest amount, $70,000, which will be used in providing community sports programmes and development programmes.
Trust chairwoman Tracey Chamber said: "Geographically Sport Tasman is the fourth largest sports trust in New Zealand, which clearly provides them with a number of challenges in resourcing and delivering programmes. We are confident they can provide real focus on the activities and programmes that best deliver results to their region."
The trust is encouraging applicants to "think outside the square" when it comes to their own needs and how they can fit in with those of their communities.
"We will be looking for applications that include their community in their activities and encourage engagement, particularly with our migrant population. Sport is highly valued in New Zealand as a pastime and involvement promotes a raft of not only physical but social and economic benefits," she said.
Sport and recreation is the trust's second largest funding sector, behind social services.
Another winner is the Nelson Cycle Festival Trust Board which receives $12,000. "The Festival of Cycling has been growing steadily over the past three years and we applaud their efforts to promote the Nelson Tasman region as a fantastic place to embrace the many different styles of cycling the region supports, from road racing to mountain biking to trail riding and much more," she said.
Other groups to receive funding: Bowls Tahunanui $2500, Central Region Rowing Development Trust $2600, GymSports New Zealand - Nelson $2530, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation - Nelson $1500, Huia Rugby Football Club $5000, Inclusive Sport Trust $10,000, Motueka and Districts Amateur Swimming Club $3600, Motueka Netball Centre Inc $9000, Murchison Sport, Recreation and Cultural Centre $10,000, Nelson Basketball Association $10,000, Nelson Bays Football $5000, Nelson Bays Tennis Association $10,000, Nelson Bays Volleyball Association $8000, Nelson Bays Wheelchair Basketball Club $6000, Nelson Bays Youth Teams Racing Association $4000, Nelson Cricket Association $15,000, Nelson Hockey Association $15,000, Nelson Lakes Gliding Club $1500, Nelson Lawn Tennis Club $25,000, Nelson Netball Centre $20,000, Nelson Rowing Club $10,000, Nelson Softball Association $15,000, Nelson South Swimming Club $7000, Netball Mainland Zone $20,000, Richmond Croquet Club $1200, Special Olympics Nelson $12,000, Special Olympics Upper South Island Regional Council $3000, Squash Canterbury $10,000, Table Tennis Nelson $7000, Tasman Golf $10,000, Tasman Rugby League $15,000, Tasman Rugby Union $20,000, Tasman Volleyball Association $10,000, TSF Inc $12,000, Waahi Taakaro Golf Club $5000, Waimea Basketball Club $5000, Wakapuaka Tennis Club $3900, Wakefield Bowling Club $500, Wanderers Rugby Football Club $10,000. Total $424,830.
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