Relief funding supports local sports through COVID-19
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
More than 70 Bay of Plenty sports and recreation organisations have so far received $200,000 from the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund.
The Fund, administered locally by Sport Bay of Plenty, is open to regional sport organisations, sports clubs and recreation organisations, and aims to help them remain financially viable through the immediate period of disruptions caused by COVID-19.
General manager of Tauranga City Basketball Association Mark Rogers says his organisation took an immediate hit as they began to scale back on group gatherings and the country entered lockdown.
“We cancelled all events and programmes between mid-March and June, and suspended league. This has resulted in a significant loss of income and forced us to draw on our very limited cash reserves.
“We’ve also reduced staff hours, which is a really difficult decision to make for such a tight knit basketball community. Despite these measures we still have significant fixed costs to meet just to keep the lights on.”
Mark says completing an application for the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund was straight forward, and funds appeared in their account within seven days.
The funding is helping Tauranga City Basketball Association meet their immediate administrative costs such as rent, insurance and IT costs.
“It’s also given us some breathing space to focus on planning for a return to play and ways we can continue to serve our community for years to come.”
Applications for the Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund are open to regional sports organisations, sports clubs and recreation organisations affiliated to one of Sport NZ’s national partners, or Māori sports clubs endorsed by a Sport NZ Māori partner.
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