The Canterbury Sports Foundation (Inc.) was established on June 29, 1978 with initial funding coming from a small surplus that had been accumulated from the running of the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.
The initial aim of the Foundation was to foster the development of sport in Canterbury, with a special emphasis on the retention and participation by school leavers - an area where there has always been a large drop off in participants.

Over the years the emphasis of the Foundation has altered marginally and now has a concentration on the production of quality coaching at all levels of sport, but particularly at the junior level.  The overall theme of the development of sport has however, remained unaltered.

Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed in excess of $600,000 to individual clubs and associations to enable them to meet their objectives in developing sport. The document below summarises grants made since 1978.

There are many success stories in Canterbury sport in which the Foundation has had a hand in providing assistance when it has been most needed.  Of note are Rachel Battersby who has won gold medals in her class at the Winter Paralympics, as well as three-year development projects for Canterbury Tennis and Canterbury Softball.  The Foundation has also on a regular basis supported the Christchurch Secondary School and Primary & Intermediate School Sport Associations.

The Foundation makes a significant contribution to Canterbury sport and hopes to make an even greater impact in the future.  This is however dependent on gaining a larger membership, particularly from the corporate sector.

Office Bearers
​​​​​​The following are the elected/appointed Office Bearers of the Canterbury Sports Foundation for 2019-2020:

Gerry Dwyer​​​​​​​

Executive Members:

•    Gerry Dwyer (Chair)
•    Nigel Davenport
•    Prue Taylor
•    David East
•    Mike Wall
•    Jason Merrett

Grant’s Committee:
•    Megan McLay
•    Martin Perry

Life Memebers

The Life Members of the Canterbury Sports Foundation have given tireless service to the organisation since its inception. 

The Life Members are:
H C Blazey C.B.E. - Life Member 1988
B R (Bernie) Walker - Life Member 1988
Sir Hamish Hay - Life Member 1992
A W Barrett - Life Member 1992
C H J Rhodes - Life Member 2003
M A (Maurie) Henshall - Life Member 2007
J W (John) Grocott - Life Member 2015
P G (Peter) Crowhen - Life Member 2015
G P (Gerry) Dwyer - Life Member 2020
L (Lyn) Miles - Life Member 2020

Athlete Funding Information

The Canterbury Sports Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance for emerging talented athletes within Canterbury.

Athletes under the age of 19 years are invited to apply for a scholarship to support costs associated with their development as an athlete.

Applications can be received at any stage throughout the year. Applicants can anticipate a response within 2 months of submitting their application.

Guidelines relating to business sponsored scholarships can be viewed via the document linked below.

The application form for the business sponsored scholarships can be accessed below.

Any individual scholarship application to Canterbury Sports Foundation must be supported by a national body who is recognised by Sport New Zealand as the national body for its sport.

The Canterbury Sports Foundation reserve the right to turn down any application that is made by an individual based on the financial history of his / her governing organisation.

Organisation Funding Information

The Canterbury Sports Foundation makes grants to member organisations to assist in the delivery of 
sport programmes that foster participation in sport.

Grants are considered four times a year and 
must be submitted by the following dates for each funding round - February 28, May 31, August 31 
and October 31.

For further information regarding the criteria used to determine suitable programmes for funding, 
please view the funding criteria document below:
Canterbury Sports Foundation - Criteria for Financial Assistance 

To apply for funding in support of a sport programme, please complete and submit the application 
form available for the link below:
Canterbury Sports Foundation - Application Form for Financial Assistance
Canterbury Sports Foundation will only support a grant application to financial members of the 

Canterbury Sports Foundation reserve the right to decline any application based on an 
organisation’s financial history and present status.