Giving Back



The Taupo Half Marathon Society allocates funding each year from the proceeds it receives from the Taupo Marathon and Kinloch Off-road Challenge which it owns.  $300,000 has been distributed to young sports people of the Taupo district since 1996.


Provide financial grants to support young sports people, within the Taupo district, achieving at a high level in their chosen sport and sporting groups helping their members reach their full potential.


Clubs and individuals may apply for funding to assist with expenses for:

  • Attending national or international competition.
  • Attending or organizing training camps/academies.
  • Specialised training or coaching over and above that normally available within their club.

Individuals applying for assistance must:

  • Be achieving at a high level in their chosen sport.
  • Have a proven success record.
  • Be motivated to achieve.
  • Be at least 13 years of age.

Applicants must:

  • Be based in the Taupo District as defined by the Taupo District Council boundaries.
  • Disclose all other sources of funding within their application.
  • Complete the downloaded application form.
  • Provide a financial report showing all expenses related to the event.
  • Complete and sign an accountability form detailing how the grant was spent or reasons why funds were not used.
  • Return any monies not used if the project / event for which the grant is given does not proceed.

Applications must be for a specific expense and accompanied by a quote - Please Note entry fees, food and general spending will not be funded.

Applicants may apply only once during the calendar year.

Applications outside the above criteria will be considered on a case by case basis. The committees decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By signing the application form all terms and conditions are deemed to be agreed to. Failure to meet the terms and conditions will jeopardise future applications.

Recipients must:

  • Acknowledge, where possible, the Taupo Half Marathon Sport Fund's grant contribution in all communications relating to the event to which the grant applies.
  • Report back to the society on their experience and how the funding assisted them.

The funding committee meets during March, June, October and December. Applications for consideration must be received by the first of these months and at least one month prior to the event. Successful applicants will be advised by the end of the month.

For more information contact

Marion Fournier
mobile: 0275 690 302


THM Sports Fund
P O BOX 1785
TAUPO 3351


The Keith Crate Elite Scholarship of $3,000 is aimed to give financial assistance to an athlete who is at the top of their chosen field — the crème de la crème.

The scholarship is something to aspire to and while not necessarily be awarded each year and depending on the caliber of the applications in some years it may be given to multiple applicants.

Athletes, aged between 16 and 18 years and still attending school, from any sporting code and based in the Taupo District as defined by the Taupo District Council boundaries, may apply for this scholarship.

Applications must be received by 30 September each year.

The scholarship will be awarded at the annual Taupo District Sports dinner and may be used at the recipient's discretion to assist them in achieving their goals.


Applicants must:

  • Have proven success in their chosen sport on a national level (national ranking).
  • Have clear short and long term goals.
  • Provide regular reports on progress and plans for following months if awarded the scholarship.

Application is by:

Covering letter stating short and long term goals and how the funds would be used.

CV (stapled pages only please, no bound copies or clear files) showing:

  • Personal details.
  • List of achievements over the past twelve months.
  • Include a reference from high performance coach or national body.
  • May include one head and shoulders photo and one competing photo.

Please limit application to five pages.

For more information contact:

Marion Fournier
07 378 3447
0275 690 302

Post applications to

Keith Crate Scholarship
PO Box 1785
Taupo 3351