SportStart is a grants scheme that has been made available through a joint initiative by the NPA, Work and Income, and the Tasman Regional Sports Trust.

The purpose of the SportStart is to help young people take part in sustainable sport and physical activity by providing assistance where financial hardship is a barrier to participation.

Grants are being made available for 5 – 16 year olds who reside in Tasman, Nelson or Marlborough. The value of each grant is a maximum of $50 per application.

Applicants are entitled to a maximum of two SportStart applications per year (eg: one winter and one summer code).


Download a Tasman/Nelson SportStart Registration Form 

Download a Tasman/Nelson SportStart Application Form

Download a Marlborough SportStart Registration form

Download a Marlborough SportStart Application form

Once completed, application forms must be handed back to the provider who will forward to either Sport Tasman or Sport Marlborough for consideration. Completed applications can only be submitted via a provider. Notification of funding assistance will be made promptly and both the provider and the applicant will be informed of the outcome. Payment will be made directly to the provider. Funding can not be made retrospectively.

For further information please contact:

More information:

Steve Mitchell, SportAssist Manager Ph: 03 546 3304


Lynette Lloyd, Office Administrator Ph: 03 546 7910




Any club, school, recreation or community organisation providing organised sport and physical activity that requires payment of fees to participate.


Individual seeking assistance to participate in sport and physical activity.

Process to receive funding assistance through SportStart:

A provider must register with the Tasman Regional Sports Trust through its Sport Tasman and Sport Marlborough Offices.