Main Objectives of Olympic Solidarity
Applications for 2020 are now closed

The New Zealand Olympic Committee’s vision is to inspire pride and excellence in New Zealanders.  Part of its mission is to maximise benefits for New Zealand and New Zealand sports and athletes. Olympic Solidarity is one of the tools available to the New Zealand Olympic Committee to enable us to undertake this mission. The New Zealand Olympic Committee allocates in excess of USD400,000 annually through this important international programme.

Olympic Solidarity is a division of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that assists National Olympic Committees, such as the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and their Continental Associations to:

  • Increase global assistance to athletes including consideration for the protecting clean athletes and in their post sport career.
  • Reinforce NOCs’ structure and management capacities.
  • Continue to support coach education and promote the Olympic values.

Funding for the Olympic Solidarity Programmes is derived from the National Olympic Committee’s share of the television rights for the broadcast of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. This is Olympic Solidarity’s only income.

For information on the history and purpose of Olympic Solidarity refer to:

Olympic Solidarity Programmes are established on a quadrennial basis and administered by the Olympic Solidarity Commission.

Olympic Solidarity Programmes

During the 2017-2020 quadrennial, all National Federations on the Olympic Programme have access to Olympic Solidarity financial and technical assistance through their National Olympic Committees.  The Olympic Solidarity programmes for 2020 are as follows:

1.       Continental Programmes

The Continental Programmes offer National Olympic Committees extensive support at all stages in their planning, organisation, coordination, follow up and supervision of the Programmes undertaken in their respective zones. The most popular of these are the National Activities Programme that provide our National Federations the ability to carry out coaching, athlete and official programmes throughout New Zealand.

2.       World Programmes

For the 2017-2020 quadrennial plan, Olympic Solidarity is offering a number of world programmes.  Their main aim is to increase global assistance to the athletes, to optimise the management of National Olympic Committees and to simplify administrative procedures, in order to adapt to the National Olympic Committees’ requirements and needs. They are split into five separate sections considered essential for the National Olympic Committees to accomplish the mission entrusted to them by the Olympic Charter:


  • Olympic Scholarships for Athletes
  • Team support grants
  • Continental Athlete Support Grant
  • Youth Olympic Games Athlete Support
  • Athlete Career transition
  • Refugee Athlete Support
  • IOC Subsidies for participation in Olympic Games


  • Technical Courses for Coaches
  • Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
  • Development of National Sports Structure



Olympic Solidarity grants are designed to support New Zealand sporting organisations, their athletes and coaches.

Five Olympic Solidarity Programmes eligible for funding in 2020 are now closed.  

1. National Activities Programme
2. Equipment
3. Technical Courses for Coaches
4. Olympic Scholarships for Coaches
5. Development of a National Sports Structure

Please note all funding is contestable and National Federations should be able to clearly demonstrate the legacy such funding will provide to its coaches and/or its athletes.

1.    National Activities Programmes

This funding is intended to be utilised for national activities by National Federations, such as including coach development workshops and courses, officials’ courses and player development training camps. 

Please note it does not include:

  • Purchase of sports equipment
  • Purchase of office equipment and information technology
  • International Federation affiliation fees
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Gifts to course experts
  • T-shirts, trophies, prizes for course participants/experts
  • Team uniforms, including competition outfits
  • Capital expenditures.
  • Coaching courses where a technical expert is being brought in from overseas.  These are now covered under Technical Courses for Coaches (see paragraph 3 below).

2.    Equipment

One National Federation per year has the opportunity to use up to US$15,000 to fund sports equipment (not what is normally considered standard office equipment). This is a highly contested grant and again, the application should demonstrate the high impact the purchase of such equipment will make to the development of sport for the National Federation.

3.    Technical Courses for Coaches

Technical Courses represent an opportunity for National Federations to grow their coaches throughout New Zealand by bringing in an international expert to conduct each technical course.  A maximum of two National Federations will have the opportunity to obtain a grant of between US$8,000 – US$10,000 each year.

Please note, applications must be made at least 3 months prior to the coaching course being commenced. In addition, only courses which provide an opportunity for the coaches in the Oceania region to attend the course will be considered.

4.    Olympic Scholarships for Coaches

One National Federation each year has the opportunity to obtain a scholarship for one to two coaches in one of three areas:

  • Training in sports sciences;
  • Sports-specific training; or
  • Distance learning (e-learning).

The basic idea is to allow for a standardisation of training given to coaches around the world, providing a quality and performance benchmark for National Federations.

The maximum level of funding is up to US$12,000 and the course must take place in the year the grant is provided.

Applications must be made at least 2 months prior to the coaching course being commenced.

5.    Development of a National Sports Structure

One National Federation per year may apply for a grant for the development of the National Federation’s sports structure.  The aim of the programme is to assist a National Federation engage an international expert, for a specific period of time, to assist the National Federation develop their coaching structure/framework. 

The plan must include the following aspects:

  • Provide for the training of local coaches or people capable of continuing the work initiated by the expert once the project has ended;
  • If necessary, include training for trainers, referees, judges and administrators;
  • If necessary, improve training programmes for elite sport;
  • Possibly put in place a sport for all project or a school sport development project;
  • Possibly set up programmes to identify young athletes, raise awareness of the fight against doping and sports betting.

The maximum level of funding is up to US$30,000.

Applications must be made at least 3 months prior to the activity commencing.