Sport Auckland is proud to be partnering with Aktive to manage the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund on behalf of  Sport NZ in central Auckland and the Howick/Pakuranga (East/South East) communities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for projects or programmes to deliver play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating.  

Projects or programmes engaging tamariki and rangatahi who are inactive and face major barriers will be prioritised for funding.   ​​​​​​​


The purpose of Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is to provide quality experiences that are accessible, create a lifelong love of being active and meet the needs of tamariki and rangatahi. We welcome applications from a wide range of organisations that provide play, active recreation and sport opportunities, particularly for:

  • 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)

Our research during COVID-19 shows there are some groups who are more at risk of missing out or being less active, so making sure they can access this funding is a priority.

Application Resources

Click "Application Documents" above for relevant Tu Manawa documentation.  

Apply Now

Once you have read the application resources, you can click the "apply now" button to submit your application.


​​​​​​​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 


Fast Fund Applications: 

  • Up to a maximum of $10,000
  • Applications can be made at any time during the funding period

Local Fund Applications: 

Over $10,000 and will be assessed during the year through an initial two funding rounds:​​​​​​​

  • Funding Round #1
    • Opens Monday 23rd August 2021
    • Closes Monday 25th October 2021
  • Funding Round #2 
    • Opens Monday 24th January 2022
    • Closes Monday 7th March 2022​​​​​​​

Please note, your application must be for a programme or project for up to a maximum of 12 months (i.e. you cannot apply for costs past a 12-month delivery).​​​​​​​


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

​​​​​​​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)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

What will not be funded?

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)


If you have any queries, please contact:

Scott van der Colk​​​​​​​
Mobile: (022) 068 1639

Barbara Croawell 
Mobile: (021) 590 914

For regional enquiries, please email Aktive on 


​​​​​​​If you would like to find out if your project idea is suitable for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa, we invite you to complete an expression of interest. This requires you to answer a couple of quick questions and summarise what your project/activity is about, who will be involved and how much you are seeking from the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund. 

We will provide feedback on what you have submitted and an indication of further work that may be required before a full application should be forwarded for consideration. Please be aware that support for your application or an acknowledgement that your application is ready to progress, is no guarantee that your application will be approved. 


Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is a fund provided by Sport NZ for community organisations, including schools and kura, to deliver physical activity opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi.

In schools and kura, these opportunities or projects might occur:

1. Outside of class time (breaks or before and after school)
2. In class time, where only the school personnel are involved
3. In class time where external providers or organisations may also be involved

Applications for projects in the first two examples, just need to complete the application form in the same way it is completed in any other setting. Where the project occurs during class time, and involves external people, providers or organisations, there is an additional step in the application process. The reason for this is to ensure that Tū Manawa funding is not used to replace the role of the teacher or kaiako and/or curriculum teaching and learning, but instead, to enhance and support the learning aims which are identified by the school/kura.


Applicants need to provide evidence, including ‘participant voice’, demonstrating that the tamariki and rangatahi who are missing out are genuinely interested in doing the proposed project or programme. This means applicants should engage tamariki and rangatahi on what activities they want to participate in, what the barriers are and include this information in the application. This provides evidence of need for your project.

You are welcome to apply now if you are confident that your activity or project meets the requirements of the fund and the expectations of the organisation that is administering it. 

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