As at 25 September 2021

What does Tū Manawa mean?

The meaning behind the words are tū - ‘to stand’ and manawa – ‘breath’. In the context of play, active recreation and sport the name calls to all New Zealanders to live our vision - Every Body Active.

What will not be funded through Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa?

The Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa 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
  • 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 Safety for Life, including transport to WSFL sessions
  • Swimming lessons (as part of in curriculum time delivery)

What are the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa priority groups?

Our research shows us there are some groups who are less active (very often due to financial barriers that mean they miss out on opportunities) so making sure they can benefit from this funding is a priority. These priority groups for 2021-22 are:

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

Note: The fund will prioritise projects who target inactive tamariki and rangatahi. 

Do you need to meet more than one of Sport NZ’s priority groups?

No. You will need to meet just one of the priority groups.  

What do you mean by play and active recreation?

Definitions provided by Sport NZ are as follows:

Play: intrinsically motivated – it is spontaneous and will happen anywhere (freely chosen)

Active Recreation: Active recreation is the term Sport NZ uses to describe ‘non-competitive physical activity for the purpose of wellbeing and enjoyment’. It includes activities that:

  • occur in built, landscaped and natural environments (including outdoor recreation, fitness/exercise, community recreation, aquatics)
  • are undertaken by individuals and by groups
  • occur with and without the involvement of a ‘provider’ group or organisation (i.e. can be undertaken independently)

How much money is being distributed?

Sport Auckland's total amount available for distribution in 2021-22 is $1,019,310 million.

How much can I apply for?

We offer two different funding opportunities:

Fast Fund: this covers projects up to a maximum of $10,000. Applicants will hear within 20 working days.

Local Fund: This is for project over $10,000 (for context, the largest approved project was $139,000 in 2021). Applicants will hear after the panel meets in November 2021 and March 2022. Please keep an eye on the Local Fund Closing dates. 

When do funding rounds open and close? 

Fast Fund: Opens 23 August 2021 and remains open until funds are exhausted.

Local Fund:

Round 1: 23 August - 25 October 2021

Round 2: 24 January - 7 March 2022

Can you provide examples of the types of organisations that can apply?

Please refer to our Tū Manawa webpage.

Can schools and kura apply for funding for sport or recreation coordinators?

No. 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.

Can community organisations apply for funding to deliver their activity in school time?

If your application is solely to deliver play, active recreation or sport opportunities before/after school or in breaks then yes, you can apply for support from this fund.

If delivery is to be within class time the application needs to be a joint one with the school and outside provider. The delivery of the curriculum and school plans is the responsibility of teachers and principals – they need to determine what activities they wish to run and when. Please note there is further documentation required which you can find on the Tū Manawa Application Resources Webpage.

Can I apply to the fund for equipment?

Only where the equipment is an integral and necessary part of the activity you are providing to tamariki and rangatahi. Applications for equipment only are unlikely to be considered as they do not meet the purpose of the fund. Capital items are not eligible for support – the fund would quickly be exhausted if they were.

Do we need to submit an 'Éxpression of Interest' prior to applying?

You do not need to submit an EOI prior to applying. However, we have found that applicants that do submit an EOI have more success in panel deliberations. Therefore, we would recommend that potential applicants do submit an EOI prior to applying. 

Can I submit two different projects?

Yes, you can. If both your projects hit the eligibility criteria and align with the key information provided in the "application Guide", then there is no reason we would not approve both. However, if writing two applications results in two poorly constructed applications, it is likely they would both be declined.  

Can we get help with completing the application form?

Yes. you can receive support. Please reach out to