Purpose of the fund?

The purpose of Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is to provide quality opportunities that are accessible and create a life-long love of being active. We welcome applications from a wide range of organisations that provide play, active recreation and sport opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi. Projects or programmes engaging tamariki and rangatahi who are inactive and face major barriers will be prioritised for funding.   

These groups include:

  • Children and young people in higher deprivation communities (5-18 years)
  • Girls and young women (5-24 years); and
  • Disabled children and young people (5-18 years)


If you are unsure you qualify for funding you should call us. 



Scott van der Colk - Tū Manawa Lead

M: 022 068 1639

E:scottv@sportauckland.co.nz



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Who can apply? 

​​​​​​​We welcome applications from a wide range of groups and organisations. If you want to apply but do not have legal status, you should partner 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
  • For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises

Examples of who cannot apply:

  • National organisation that receive Partnership Investment from Sport NZ 
  • Government agencies and their regional branches 
  • Early learning services 
  • Professional or semi-professional sports teams and organisations 
  • Individuals 


What can be funded? 

The fund will cover:

  • Programme or project delivery (e.g. venue or equipment hire, transport to the 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)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The fund does not cover:

  • Costs of retrospective programmes or events (those that have already been completed or held)
  • Multi-year programmes
  • Costs associated with professional athletes, professional sports teams, academies, or rep teams
  • ​​​​​​​Uniforms
  • Camps
  • 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
  • School Sports Administrator/Coordinator roles - Tū Manawa funding can’t be used in a school setting to provide an FTE or equivalent that are akin to HAL Advisor/Community Activator and Sport Coordinator/PE roles
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes
  • Costs of organisation subscriptions, membership fees or planned/rescheduled event entry fees. 
  • Water Skills for Life, including transport to WSFL sessions
  • Swimming lessons (as part of in curriculum time delivery)

Our Funding Opportunities

We have two funding programmes that are open all year, or until funds are exhausted. You can apply online at any time through our Fast Fund or Local Fund.

We do fund projects that meet the needs of our priority groups who are generally inactive or missing out. If you would like more information around our criteria, we encourage you to get in touch with us. 

  • Funding Round #1
    • Opens Monday July 18 2022
    • Closes Monday August 29 2022
  • Funding Round #2 
    • Opens Monday  January 30 2023
    • Closes Monday March 13 2023
  • Fast Fund - Open until funds are exhausted ​​


Scott van der Colk - Tū Manawa Lead

M: 022 068 1639

Sport Auckland Boundaries

If your organisation is aiming to deliver outside of our boundaries, your application may need to go through oune of our partner RSTs (Sport Waitakere, Harbour Sport, CLM). If you are delivering across more than one RST, your project will become regional and need to be submitted to Aktive

Our boundaries align to Sport Auckland's seven Local Board Areas:

  • Albert-Eden Local Board
  • Howick Local Board
  • Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board
  • Orakei Local Board
  • Puketāpapa Local Board
  • Waiheke Local Board
  • Waitematā Local Board


Please contact us to find out whether you should apply.