Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund

Funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki (aged 5-11) and rangatahi (aged 12-18.)

Contact Person

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Terry Long

Event and Volunteer Lead
Phone: 027 705 6963

Contact Person

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Janet Fleming

Project Advisor
Phone: 0272260947

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Applications for the latest round of Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa are now closed.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki (aged 5-11) and rangatahi (aged 12-18). These may be new or already operating. The funding is focused on groups that are less active. 
These groups include:
  • Children and young people in higher deprivation communities
  • Girls and young women (aged 5 – 24)
  • Disabled children and young people (aged 5 – 18 years)
  • Children and young people in rurally isolated communities
Programmes or projects that reach these groups will be prioritised for funding. 
  • Applications up to $7,500 (excl GST) will be accepted  for this funding round.
  • Applications are open from 2 August - 31 August 2021.

Simple questions to ask

  • Will the funding you are requesting get young people active?
  • How do you know there is a need? (What evidence do you have? Who have you spoken to? What barriers to participation are you removing?)
  • Are you targeting young people who are missing out?

Janet Fleming and Terry Long are ready to help you find the answers you need.

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Tu Manawa Eligibility



If you want to apply but do not have legal status you can consider partnering with a qualifying (legal) entity.

What can be funded?

This is an activation fund to help cover programme or service delivery costs. 

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How much can I apply for?

There is a $7,500 cap (excl GST) per organisation in this funding round with a maximum of two ‘live’ applications per organisation.


Before you start your online application you will also need:

  •  Incorporated Society Number or NZ Business Number (if relevant)
  •  GST number (if relevant)
  •  Photographic evidence of organisation’s bank account name & number
  •  Relevant policies eg Child Protection, Health & Safety
  • Budget that includes all costs and identifies what the funding will be used for. The budget needs to include any other income for this project.

Sport Applications: Balance is Better

If your application is for ‘sport’ you will need to consider ‘ Balance is Better’. Balance is Better offers fresh thinking to deliver youth sport in New Zealand and is about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

 More information here

For schools or kura applications only

Schools/kura are eligible to apply for Tū Manawa funding. We want to ensure Tū Manawa funding does not replace curriculum delivery, or cause confusion about the roles and responsibilities of teachers/kaiako and external providers. For that reason, when planned activities involve external providers other than school personnel and occur during class time, there is an additional step in the application process.

This involves a discussion between the school/kura and the external provider about the planned activity. The In-school/kura setting form has been created to guide this discussion. Browse the support document for kura and schools here

Please complete this form and upload it to your application when applying.

Please be clear on what all parties are trying to achieve, and consider how the project supports building relationships, making use of local and community resources and connections and ultimately ensuring better outcomes for students and their learning.

You do not need to complete this form for projects that occur within a school/kura either before or after school, during lunchtime and breaks, or for applications that only involve school personnel.

Contact us

Contact us while you are considering your application.  We are here to help.



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Email help is also available at tm@sporttaranaki.org.nz

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