Extension of Applications Deadline - KZN Sport and Recreation Relief Fund

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The deadline for submission of applications for the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Relief Fund for the sport and recreation sector has been extended to Friday, 05 June 2020.

This has been announced by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela,

“Due to the lockdown restrictions many people were not able to travel to our district offices and federations offices to submit their applications. We believe that the relaxation of lockdown regulations to Level 3 on Monday, will offer potential beneficiaries especially from rural areas, an opportunity to submit their applications and obtain the necessary supporting documentation. We urge all sport and recreation practitioners to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for relief funding,” said MEC Mavimbela.

The deadline for submissions was originally set for Friday, 29 May 2020. Over 400 applications had been received mainly from electronic submissions by closing deadline. The KZN Department of Sport and Recreation has set aside a budget of R7m to assist sport and recreation practitioners at provincial level who have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak

The relief funding is meant for KZN athletes, coaches, managers, technical officials, fitness instructors as well as sport and recreation structures whose livelihood and sustainability has been adversely affected by the cancellation of sport events and programmes due to the national lockdown.

In order to qualify, sport practitioners must not have benefited from the National Relief Fund and must provide proof of loss of income.

Applications will be assessed by an independent adjudication panel chaired by KZN Sport Confederation President, Mr Thami Mchunu, and will be subjected to an independent audit to ensure fairness and transparency.

How to apply:

  1. Application forms are available from the KZN Sport Confederation, sport federations or recreation structures as well as KZN Department of Sport and Recreation District Offices.
  2. Or download and print manual application forms from the Department website, www.kzndsr.gov.za.
  3. Email completed application forms together with requisite documents to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at Department’s District offices or through sport federations and recreation bodies.
  4. Applicants can also complete the electronic application form through the link: https://rsvp.kzndsr.gov.za

The Criteria to qualify for funding is as follows:

  1. Confirmation of the financial impact per sport federation, structure, recreation entity etc.
  2. Validation of any incurred loss that is being claimed.
  3. Use of previous events to qualify loss in income.
  4. Proof of loss of income for individuals such as coaches, aerobics and fitness instructors etc. and that their livelihoods solely depends on the earnings from these events.
  5. Evidence that athletes who were confirmed to participate at events that have now been cancelled due to COVID-19, and whose income is generated solely by participation in these events.
  6. Coaches and technical support personnel who work with athletes whose sporting events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, and make their earnings solely from these events and /or support of the athletes.
  7. Athletes on the Department’s Elite Athlete Development Programme who are preparing for the 2021 Olympics & Paralympics and are hopefuls for selection for South Africa for those and other major International Championships and events. These athletes must not be on SASCOC’s OPEX Programme.

 

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