Sport Scholarships

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If you're an amateur athlete or sports official and you've been selected as a New Zealand representative, you could be entitled to a Community Trust of Southland (CTOS) Sport Scholarship. Read on to find out if you qualify.

We celebrate achievement, recognise talent and encourage future participation through positive role models, by offering sport scholarships to elite amateur athletes and officials. 

Closing Dates

Sport Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year. 


Applicants need to be:

  • 15 years and over

  • Selected or recognised nationally in a squad or team at NZ Representative level, and have a recent selection letter from your National Sporting Organisation (NSO)

  • A New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand

  • An amateur athlete or official (such as a coach, manager, referee, timekeeper, judge or umpire)

  • Currently residing in the CTOS area and have done so for  three years or more. Consideration will be given to those under 25 years who have left the province to access specialist training and coaching and whose immediate family still resides in the CTOS area

  • Affiliated to and endorsed by a Regional Sporting Organisation (RSO) in the CTOS area

Who Can't Apply

  • Teams
  • Professional athletes
  • People from outside the CTOS area

Eligibility Restrictions

  • Athletes and officials are only eligible for one Sport Scholarship within a 12 month period (with the exception of those selected to attend Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics).

  • A lifetime maximum of five Sport Scholarships can be awarded per athlete or official (excluding Commonwealth Games and Olympic/Paralympics). The lifetime maximum relates to athletes and officials independently i.e. if an athlete later becomes a coach they would be eligible for a further five scholarships.

  • Athletes and officials will only be eligible for Commonwealth Games/Olympics/Paralympics funding if they have resided in the CTOS area for three years or more.

  • Sport scholarships cannot be applied for retrospectively (i.e. for an event that has already been undertaken or commenced).

Indicative Scholarship Value

  • NZ & Trans-Tasman $500 - $750
  • Oceania & Southeast Asia $750 - $1,000
  • Elite International $1,000 - $1,250
  • World Cup & World Championships $1,000 - $1,500
  • Youth Commonwealth Games $1,500
  • Youth Olympics $2,000
  • Commonwealth Games $2,500
  • Olympic Games/Paralympics $3,000

Any other events will be at the discretion of the Board.

The amount awarded will be at the discretion of the Board and factors considered will include level (e.g. youth or senior) and/or whether the event involves long haul or short haul travel.

How To Apply

All applications need to be made online - click here to apply 

If your application is successful

  • You will need to provide an accountability report within 2 months of the completion of the activity for which the scholarship was awarded.
  • When you are ready to complete your accountability report please log into our online system here. Once logged in you will see the 'My Submissions' link near the top left of the screen, click on this link and you will see an Acquittal/Accountability Form attached to your Application, then all you need to do is complete the acquittal/accountability form and submit it.

Cancellation of a scholarship

A scholarship may be revoked and Trustees may require part or all of a scholarship paid to be refunded if a recipient:

  • brings the scholarship programme into dispute;
  • has breached the conditions of the scholarship; or
  • does not commence and/or withdraws at anytime from the activity for which the scholarship was approved.

Need to Know More or If You Have Any Questions

Please contact us on 0800 500 185 or email

Besides awarding Sport Scholarships, we also support Active Lifestyles through our granting programme. For further information on grants or to discuss a specific project or programme please contact us on 0800 500 185 or email