Here at the New Zealand Football Foundation (NZFF) we are deeply humbled and proud to be able to support the NZ football community. Our mission is to raise funds that enables us to make an annual, meaningful contribution to football at all levels, right here at home.
The New Zealand Football Foundation grant application process is closed for 2022. Applications will be available in August and September 2023.
To date the NZFF has donated over $1,830,000 to assist with the growth of football throughout NZ. With a primary focus on NZFF's 4 main pillars: Social Impact, Youth, Women and Girls and Innovation our donations have helped create a better experience in a multitude of ways.
Our impact on the NZ football community has been felt far and wide through supporting community clubs with the purchase of new equipment, facility improvement, coaching clinics, supporting subscriptions, and running programmes to introduce our tamariki to football to name a few.
We have also given generously to support our countries pre-elite athletes through supporting their initial journey to compete in football competitions internationally. Our efforts here help nurture the pathways of performance at the highest level. Football for Good is our mantra, and we work hard every day so that more people can share our love of the beautiful game.
Sponsoring the “Kate Sheppard Cup” by providing $100,000 over 3 years in support of the national club-based women’s knockout competition.
Providing $60,000 to support the Football Ferns to the Rio Olympics, providing critical support to many members of the team who were struggling financially.
Helping to establish the Future Ferns Development Programme (FFDP) with $40,000 contributed to date. The FFDP seeks to compensate for the cut in funding from High Performance Sport NZ and the loss of carding (which has meant loss of access to a range of athlete support services). FFDP supports ~25 women who are at or just below national team level with much-needed training and living expenses.
Provided flight costs for five promising young NZ players to attend various international club trials, all five players securing professional contracts and now benefiting from playing and training in a professional environment while continuing to represent NZ. An example is Katie Rood who is now playing for Juventus, Italy. Some noting “I wouldn’t have made it to the trial without the support of the Foundation”.
Every team needs supporters. At the New Zealand Football Foundation we are so grateful for our partners who believe in Football For Good just as much as we do. They know the power of sport to make real change in society and they are committed to helping us do the māhi to support our communities. The generosity of our partners is crucial to enable us to support so many worthy projects.