Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund

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Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa: Funding Round 4 is now closed while applications are being assessed.

Sport NZ has partnered with Sport Taranaki to manage and distribute Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa funding.

Sport NZ’s preference is for an even distribution of Tū Manawa funding across both tamariki (aged 5-11) and rangatahi (aged 12-18) and at least 20% of Tū Manawa-funded projects in our region to support each physical activity domain - play, active recreation and sport. Applications from organisations for this round will be accepted up to $10,000.

 Applications will close 5pm Friday 21 May. No late applications will be accepted.

Please read the Executive Summary with everything you need to apply here.

Fast Funding

Sport Taranaki is proud to be managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport NZ in our region.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating. We know from research that there are some groups who are more at risk of missing out or being less active, including those living with an impairment, in higher deprivation communities and girls and young women. Programmes or projects that reach these groups will be prioritised for funding. 



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

Examples of who can apply:

Examples of who cannot apply:

  • Hapū, Iwi, Marae, Māori organisations
  • Primary/Intermediate schools/Kura
  • Secondary schools/Wharekura
  • Tertiary Education/Whare Wānanga
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Regional or Local Councils
  • Incorporated Societies
  • For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises
  • National organisations who already receive Partnership Investment from Sport NZ
  • Government agencies and their regional branches (e.g. Ministry of Health, Oranga Tamariki)
  • Early Learning Services
  • Professional or semi-professional sports teams and organisations
  • Individuals


What can be funded?

This is an activation fund to help cover programme or service delivery costs. This includes the cost of:

  • Programme or project delivery (e.g. venue or equipment hire, transport to event)
  • Equipment (as part of a programme or project)
  • Officials, where these are required for the delivery
  • Delivery staff wages (e.g. activity leader, coordinator)


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


Before you start your application please ensure that you read this first.


How much can I apply for?

$457,000 of the fund will be available in Taranaki over the next twelve months, to be managed and distributed on Sport NZ’s behalf by Sport Taranaki. The funding is provided in quarterly drops for Sport Taranaki to allocate. There is a $10,000 cap per organisation per category (Play, Active Recreation and Sport -maximum of two categories).

Sport Taranaki CEO Michael Carr says having this funding available in Taranaki over the next 12 months is a great opportunity to support those most impacted by COVID-19 by providing opportunities for them to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

“We are looking forward to getting this funding out the door to the people who need it most to get everyone active. This funding goes well beyond traditional sport or structured recreation. We are keen to help people boosting active recreation and play activity as well as sport.”

The Fast Fund application process had been set up in Taranaki to fit the needs of the community and ensure a streamlined and timely process for applications. Every regional sports trust will be looking to get the best result for their region and could be structuring their approach differently. 

“We have set this up to ensure the approval process runs much faster for applicants than was possible under the Kiwisport model. This will help organisations plan and start delivering on these programmes and projects as soon as possible,” says Michael Carr.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is available for both new and existing programmes and projects, and funding will be provided for up to 12 months.

Before you start to submit your online application you will need the following:

  •  Organisation website url
  •  Incorporated Society Number or NZ Business Number (if relevant)
  •  GST number (if relevant)
  •  Organisation’s bank account name & number
  •  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.

What you need to know   

Email help is available at tm@sporttaranaki.org.nz   or phone Terry (06) 7590930:extn 737

Janet  (06) 7590930:extn 701 or Maree (06) 7590930: extn 716

  • Check out the frequently asked questions here
  • View the Tū Manawa Powerpoint here
  • Read the community guidelines here     

Schools or kura applications

Schools/kura are eligible to apply for Tū Manawa funding to deliver play, active recreation and sport activities that meet the needs of their students.

 We want to ensure Tū Manawa funding does not replace curriculum delivery, or inadvertently 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.

It is important to 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. Please note that you do not need to complete this form for projects that occur within a school/kura setting that are either before or after school, during lunchtime and breaks, or for applications that only involve school personnel.

Contact us

Sport Taranaki strongly encourages organisations to discuss their programme with a Sport Taranaki staff member they are connected with or to contact the Tū Manawa Team (below) prior to commencing their application. This will help ensure you are supported through the process.

Terry Long

Janet Fleming

Maree Judd

P: 06 7590930, extn 737

P: 06 7590930, extn 701

P: 067590930, extn 716

M: 027 705 6963

M: 027 226 0947

M: 027 856 1792