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Outward Bound

Outward Bound offers courses designed to challenge individuals through outdoor activities by teaching practical skills in a safe and supportive environment. The Outward Bound courses promote self-reliance, confidence and leadership, giving individuals the tools to be a success in life.

We are proud to support young people from families with military backgrounds with a small grant to help pay for the costs to attend the courses offered.


Who is eligible to receive funding assistance?

Anyone who has direct family links to someone who has served in the New Zealand or Allied Forces from WWI to the present day.

How much is available per applicant?

Funding is limited to a maximum of $500 per qualifying applicant, from a pot of $10,000 per financial year.

How do people make an application?

Applicants need to complete an application form and return it to RSA National Office before the start date of the course. Any agreed funding will be paid directly to the course provider by the RSA.

As part of qualifying for the grant the applicant must show that they have been accepted for a relevant course by emailing or posting an invoice for the costs of the course, which Outward Bound supplies the applicant on acceptance.

Applicants should show what endeavours they have made or will make to cover the rest of the course costs – this shows the applicants commitment to attend the course.


"Thank you for the $500 grant to help enable my joining Outward Bound for a 3-week course. The course definitely challenged me both mentally and physically.

The course was full on from 6am until 10pm and covered 2 and 3-day tramping trips camping in bays and on mountains – regardless of the weather, along with daily morning PT sessions at 6.20am that were followed by a 3 km run and sea swim. The rock climbing and high ropes provided scary fun, and the 3-day sailing trip in a 14-person cutter and sleeping on it were new experiences. These adventures were then rounded off with 2 days community service gardening and track clearing, a 3 night solo camp in a punga forest, a 2 day kayaking trip on the Pelorus River and a 21.1km marathon. Now I am back to reality and enjoying the simple pleasures of warmth, carpet, coffee, a washing machine, and newspapers etc! 

The course was very hard, and I wanted to quit so many times, especially when there was snow on the hills and we were swimming in the freezing sea at 5.30pm, or there was yet another mountain to climb that day. The fact that people had helped me fund this course, and believed in me, helped get me through those tough times. Therefore, thank you for your support and providing funds towards this opportunity and experience."