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Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

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Please read the 2023-2024 Guidelines and FAQs before applying to the fund!

  • 2023-2024 Tu Manawa Fund Guidelines

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is an activation fund that aims to provide quality opportunities for tamariki, rangatahi, and young women (19-24) that create a life-long love of being active.
Tū Manawa supports locally led projects that help reduce barriers to young people to be active in a way they want to be!

The groups we target are:

  • Tamariki (aged 5-12)
  • Rangatahi (aged 13-18)
  • Young women (aged (19-24)

The priority populations we work with (within the above targeted/age groups) are:

  • High deprivation communities
  • Disabled
  • Maori and Pacifica
  • Former refugees, migrants, and the multicultural community

Who can apply?

Please use the diagram below to see if you are eligible to apply.


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

  • Hapū, Iwi, Marae, Māori organisations
  • Primary/Intermediate schools/Kura
  • Secondary schools/Wharekura
  • Tertiary Education/Whare Wānanga
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Regional or Local Councils
  • Incorporated Societies

Examples of who can not apply

  • 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

What can be funded?

This is an activation fund to help cover programme or service delivery costs. This includes costs 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 of the programme or project
  • Costs of delivery staff wages applicable to the programme or project (e.g. activity leader, coordinator).

What will not be funded?

The fund does not cover:

  • Cost of attending tournaments or competitions
  • Cost of retrospective programmes or events (those that have already been completed or held)
  • Multi-year programmes
  • Cost associated with professional athletes, professional sports teams, academies, or rep teams
  • Capital costs (e.g. facility development, playgrounds)
  • Administration and on-going costs (e.g. rent, internet, power)
  • Wages or annual salaries for staff who are not involved in the planning or delivery of the project or programme (e.g. salaries for development officer role)
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes.

Funding Rounds

The fund will receive applications between February 12 and March 15. Organisations can apply for up to $10,000 of support per application to cover allowable expenses.

More information

Please read the documents below to understand everything you need to know before applying:

  • Ngā Aratohu Hapori 2021-22
  • Tū Manawa in School Kura Settings
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Pātai Auau

Get in touch with us for more information

Tū Manawa Success Stories

  • 2021/2022 Annual Report - Tū Manawa
  • Loose Parts Play Park – Pahiatua
  • Takaro BJJ Jiujitsu
  • Poītukoho Horowhenua Basketball Camp

3-step Application Process

Step 1

Before applying, read the Community Guidelines.

  • Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Community Guidelines
  • Tū Manawa Ngā Aratohu Hapori 2021-22

Step 2

Then complete the Expression of Interest Form.

  • Expressions of Interest form (EOI).

If you are experienced in Tū Manawa applications and are confident with the process you may go directly to Step 3.

Step 3

Once your EOI form is submitted, a Sport Manawatū staff member will contact you to provide you with feedback on your EOI before you start your application.

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