Top Up Scheme

We are currently not accepting any new requests for the Top Up fund until further notice. We will update our website once we have reopened the fund.

Whiti Ora offers athletes who experience financial hardship the opportunity to apply for a funding “top up” to ensure that talented athletes from our region—individuals and teams—are not missing out on pathway opportunities at a regional, national or international level towards achieving their sporting goals and aspirations.  Examples of such a pathway opportunity could include competitions and tournaments, sport camps, and skill clinics. These must be sanctioned by the National Sporting Organisation .

Unique to this scheme is our “Pay it Forward” strategy which requires recipients to commit to providing volunteer hours back to sport.  In what capacity this will be achieved will be negotiated between the athlete and SGT once their application has been approved. SGT will contact the relevant National or Regional Sporting Organisation (NSO/RSO) outlining the SGT investment in the athlete and will request additional resourcing or coaching if applicable for the athlete to complete their voluntary role.


  • Event that is being attended must be endorsed by the national governing body of the sport.

  • Applicants income is less than $70,000, combined household income (proof of income detail required).

  • Applicants should be 14 years through to open.  Master’s competitors are not eligible to apply unless competing in an open category.   In special cases Under 14’s will be considered. Please contact SGT to discuss if this applies.

  • Applicants must live in the Tairawhiti region.

  • Funding is available to individuals, up to

    • International representation – $1000

    • Up to National representation – $500

  • Funding is available to teams, up to

    • $5000 per code, per calendar year.

  • Athletes are eligible to apply for further funding only after they have completed their previous accountability requirements.  The same applies to teams / codes.

  • Funding allocations will be at the discretion of the SGT selection panel and will consider the total cost to attend the event, the number of athletes travelling, and the distance to travel.


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