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, particularly for those that are less active. These groups include:

  • Tamariki (5-11) and rangatahi (12-18) in higher deprivation communities 
  • ​Girls and young women (5-24); and 
  • Disabled children and young people (5-18)
  • Maaori tamariki and rangatahi

FAST FUND (applications up to $30,000) 

COMMUNITY ACTIVATION FUND (applications up to $50,000)

BOTH FUNDS OPEN TUESDAY 6 JUNE and remain open with closing dates as follows: 

Round 1 –Fast Fund & Community Activation: Closing Friday 25th Aug 2023 (midnight)
Round 2 – Fast Fund & Community Activation: Closing Friday 16th Feb 2024 (midnight)
Round 3 – Fast Fund: Closing Friday 3rd May 2024 (midnight)

All applications are assessed after the close off date to the respective rounds. Applicants will be notified of their outcome via email after the assessment is complete. This usually takes about 6 weeks from the closing date.


Who can apply?                                                                                                   

We welcome applications from the following organisation types (please note, funded entities must have legal status): 
  • Hapū, Iwi, Marae, Māori organisations 
  • Incorporated Societies 
  • Charitable Trusts 
  • Regional or Local Council 
  • For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises 
  • Education settings:
       - Primary/Intermediate schools/Kura
       - Secondary schools/Wharekura 
       - Tertiary Education/Whare Wānanga 
Where an organisation or group wishes to apply but has no legal status, we recommend you consider partnering with a qualifying (legal) entity.

Who cannot apply?                                                                                               


The following are not eligible to apply: 

  • National and regional organisations who receive Partnership Investment from Sport NZ (Regional Sport Trusts, National Sport and Recreation organisations) 
  • Individuals 
  • Professional or semi-professional sports teams and organisations 
  • Government agencies and their regional branches (e.g. Ministry of Health, Oranga Tamariki) 
  • Early Learning Services

What can be funded?                                                                                            

This is an activation fund that is intended to help cover the costs that are directly associated with the delivery of your activity. These costs might also address any barriers that prevent participants accessing your activity. They could include:

  • Venue or equipment hire
  • Costs of transport to the event
  • Support for volunteers or activity delivery staff
  • Equipment (only where this is required as part of a project or activity)
  • Officials, where these are required for the delivery of the opportunity
  • Costs associated with developing and promoting your activity.

We are interested in receiving applications that take innovative approaches to engaging our priority groups in quality play, active recreation and sport experiences that meet their needs.

What will not be funded?                                                                                     

The fund does not cover: 

  • Costs that are not directly required for the provision of the activity that you are applying for (such as salaries or wages for existing staff, administrative overheads etc) 
  • Costs that are already funded by other sources 
  • Costs of retrospective projects or activities (those that have already been completed or held) 
  • Costs associated with professional athletes, professional sports teams, academies, or representative teams 
  • Costs associated with professional development or capability building (such as upskilling coaches, teachers etc)
  • Capital costs (e.g. facility development and maintenance, playgrounds) 
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes 

 Tū Manawa is unable to meet all the demand so has a specific focus on the costs of delivering an activity opportunity. Your Regional Sport Trust may be able to help identify funding avenues for other areas, or you could check Sport NZ's searchable funding opportunities here: 

Sports Grants NZ | Funding | Sport New Zealand - Ihi Aotearoa (

Application process                                                                                                

 Introducing a new two-stage Application Process.

Stage 1 (optional): Applicants can firstly submit an 'Expression of Interest' to our team consisting of a few short questions. One of our team members will then make contact discuss your project and whether it fits Tu Manawa criteria.

If your project fits criteria, you may choose to proceed to a full application form. Only applicants who have completed full application forms will be considered for funding, an EOI is only an Expression of Interest.

Stage 2: Applicants who are confident their project already meets criteria can proceed to Full Application Form directly if they choose. Please note, support from our team during your application process does not immediately guarantee application approval.

Funding dates                                                                                                

Applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Please ensure any projects submitted have a start date of at least 2 months ahead of submission date. Approximate turnaround time for EOI’s and Applications is 8 weeks from fund closing date (see above for these round closing dates). Where a heavy volume of applications is received at the same time, applications will be prioritised by earliest project start dates.

COMMUNITY ACTIVATION FUNDING (applications up to $50,000) - Opens Monday 5th September 2022

BOTH FUNDS OPEN TUESDAY 6 JUNE and remain open with closing dates as follows: 

Round 1 –Fast Fund & Community Activation: Closing Friday 25th Aug 2023 (midnight)
Round 2 – Fast Fund & Community Activation: Closing Friday 16th Feb 2024 (midnight)
Round 3 – Fast Fund: Closing Friday 3rd May 2024 (midnight)

Applications submitted after close off will fall into the next round (all applications are assessed AFTER close off dates and can take a few weeks from close off date).

All successful applicants are required to attend a 60 minute free online workshop delivered by Sport Waikato to help support their projects. Dates and Times - TBC


Example documents to review before you apply                                                    

Please read the following documents (which are provided as examples only) before starting your application:

Insights, outcomes, monitoring and evaluation guidelines 
Community Guidelines Document 
Frequently Asked Questions
Tū Manawa in school/kura setting form
For external providers wanting to deliver into school settings
Te Whetu Rehua
For projects and programmes provided in a kaupapa Maaori context

Below are some sample forms to show you the information you will need when you apply online. 

Sample Expression of Interest Form 

Sample Fast Fund Application Form

Sample Community Activation Fund Application Form

Sample Budget Template 


Ready to apply? Start here!                                                                                       


OR READY TO FILL OUT THE FULL FORM? (Currently Closed - new rounds annouced soon)

Resources to guide your application

Find deprivation areas and school deciles: Deprivation & Decile
Find geographical boundaries using the Sport NZ Insights Tool - read the how to document here
Sport NZ Te Whetu Rehua 
A framework based on five key values important for Maaori cultural and social development.


Successful Applicants


Organisation Name Project Amount Awarded
AJR Dance Studio Limited AJR Dance Studio $3,225.00
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty #Likeagirl series $8,130.00
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Get Set Go & Run Jump Throw on the beach, by the lake, in the park. $7,250.00
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Run my own way – Family fun day! $7,800.00
Athletics Waikato Bay of Plenty Waikato Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Athletics and Cross Country Revitalization Project $18,000.00
B Leisure International (NZ) Ltd (Belgravia Leisure) Youth Fitness Programmes $13,102.00
Bankwood School Indoor Play Area using Gymsports and portable sports goals $17,000.00
Bankwood School Loose Parts Play $3,229.32
Benneydale School Learning Through Play $2,439.00
Bike Taupo Advocacy Group Inc Kids Bike Taupo $24,500.00
Cambridge High School Cambridge High School KAPA HAKA $10,000.00
Community Leisure Management - Otorohanga Aquatics Swim Otorohanga $15,000.00
Community Living Limited Leong Avenue Play Equipment $5,689.32
Coromandel Area School titiro ki te pea (look to the horizon) $35,310.00
Crawshaw School Crawshaw School Community Bikes in Schools Project $10,000.00
Equipotential NZ Incorporated Equipotential therapeutic horse riding. $30,000.00
Equipotential NZ Incorporated Equipotential Theraputic Riding Programme $30,000.00
Fairfield College (on behalf of Te Pae Here Kaahui Ako) Innovating the way we do cross country - Te Pae Here Kaahui Ako $15,350.00
Forest View High School Basketball - outreach programme for those at risk $10,000.00
Franklin Basketball Association Incorporated Get Hooping Tuakau $9,360.00
Frankton School Imaginative Play to apply Foundation Skills $7,245.25
Galaxy Touch Waikato Galaxy Touch Rangatahi Ora $1,500.00
Galaxy waikato touch He Puna Mareikura $3,000.00
galaxy waikato touch He Whakangungu Kohine $5,000.00
Girl Code Girl Code $21,400.00
Hauraki Plains College Step-Up Girls Active Fitness Mentor Program $20,000.00
Huntly Golf Club Junior golf $6,650.00
Huntly Thistle AFC Juniors Football/Soccer Equipment $7,000.00
Into Nature School Into Nature School $30,000.00
Into Nature School Into Nature School $8,000.00
Kāwhia School Youthtown 2021 $15,593.08
Kelly Sports Waikato Ltd Play Rangers/Mobile Activity Hub $30,000.00
King Country Rugby Football Union KCRU Under 14 boys E Tu Program $11,700.00
King Country Rugby Football Union Les Elder Wahine Toa Secondary School Program $14,800.00
Lake Taupo Basketball Association (2008) Inc (LTBA) Taupo District Girls Programme 2021, Taupo District Primary (Year 2&3) Taster programme & Little Lakers (6 yrs and under) $9,219.00
Marotiri School Marotiri School Open-ended Play Project $5,903.59
Mayall Creative Act-in-Motion $31,280.00
Melville High School Volleyball Delivery $14,600.00
Mercury Bay Area School Whakamana ngā rangatahi $14,000.00
Mercury Bay Area School Whakamana ngā rangatahi $13,500.00
Mercury Bay Athletics Club MBAC Extenstion Programme 2022 $5,179.00
Mercury Bay Boating Club Expanding youth sailing training opportunities $9,998.50
Nga Waka o Tirohanga Trust Nga Waka o Tirohanga Trust Waka Ama Programme $30,000.00
Ngaa Taiohi o Te Rangitaupi Inc. 1. Strengthened ability to participate in decision making processes. 2.  Engagement of taiohi in the design and delivery of local, national and international projects $20,000.00
Ngaa Taiohi o Te Rangitaupi Incorporated Society Tai Pari- 2020-2021 $10,800.00
No 3 District Federation of New Zealand Soccer Inc (WaiBop Football) Lets Play $16,000.00
Northern Districts Cricket Association SistaSmash/Backyard Smash Female Programmes Activator $25,000.00
Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA) Southern SuperSmash!: Cricket Fun, Play & Games in South Waikato $30,000.00
Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc Coach/Equine Manager wages $20,000.00
Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc Coach / Equine manager wages $5,000.00
Pārāwai School Loose Parts Play Pods $3,363.75
Perry Outdoor Education Trust POET Programme $60,000.00
Pukenui School Learning Through Play $5,000.00
Pukete School Pukete School Inclusion Programme $12,469.50
Putaruru Primary School Putaruru School Cluster Sports Co-ordinator $26,700.00
Raglan Area School Waka Ama $20,500.00
Raglan Area School Rock Climbing $12,500.00
Raglan Area School Connecting Community through Sport and Games $9,200.00
Riding for Disabled - Cambridge Incorporated Coach/horse Manager Role $30,000.00
Rise & Shine Aerial Fitness Studio Whole-Body Wellness for Women $9,230.00
Rise & Shine Aerial Fitness Studio Aerial Classes $6,430.00
San Bu Kai Martial Arts Charitable Trust Kids Kickboxing $7,128.00
Socially Good Adventures ltd (Got To Get Out) Tamariki & Rangatahi have Got To Get Out $30,000.00
Socially Good Adventures ltd (Got To Get Out) Tamariki & Rangatahi have Got To Get Out $55,000.00
Southern United Rugby Football Club Connecting with Rangatahi through Rugby $5,000.00
Squash Waikato Incorporated Girls Just Want to Have Fun (with Mum) $3,521.00
Squash Waikato Incorporated Movement Collective (Squash) $9,696.00
St Patrick's Catholic School, Te Awamutu Learning Through Play- Magic Play Boxes $3,544.75
Swimming Waikato Get Waikato Swimming $60,000.00
Tairua School Tairua School Sports Hub Delivery Coordinator $30,000.00
Tania Dalton Foundation BOOST PROGRAMME $7,110.00
Taupo Netball Centre Incorporated Youth Netball Delivery Project $18,500.00
Taupo Riding for Disabled Taupo Riding for Development $22,700.00
Taupō Waka Ama Club Tamariki Waka Ama $17,900.00
Te Aroha Croquet Club Incorporated Te Aroha District Schools Croquet Program $18,112.00
Te Awamutu Group Riding for Disabled Te Awamutu Group Riding for Disabled $13,000.00
Te Awamutu Group Riding for the Disabled Te Awamutu Group. Riding for Disabled $13,000.00
Te Awamutu Primary School TAPS at Play $3,385.70
Te Awamutu Rugby Sports and Recreation Club (Incorporated) Community Delivery Support $32,500.00
Te Awamutu Youth Development Trust Afterschool boxing classes - Te Awamutu Youth Development Trust $10,000.00
Te Awawmutu Youth Development Trust Champions Programme - Afterschool Members classes $30,000.00
Te Kauwhata Community Fitness Centre Swim for life $10,960.00
Te Kauwhata Community Fitness Centre Swim for life $6,760.00
Te Kauwhata Squash Club Te Kauwhata Squash Junior Coaching - 2021/2022 $7,200.00
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Rangatahi Ora $15,000.00
Te Kuiti Primary School Sports Delivery Facilitator $35,000.00
Te kura O Ngaati Hauaa Te Kapa Tuakana O Ngaati Hauaa $30,000.00
Te Papanui Enderley Community Trust Te Papanui Enderley Kaainga Whai Ora $20,000.00
Te Rongopai Community Trust Free Fit $6,500.00
Te Toki Voyaging Trust Wai Tai, Wai Maori, Wai Ora $41,200.00
Te Whanau ki Waenganui Charitable Trust Koomiti Te Whanau Ki Waenganui Games $5,000.00
Te Wharekura o Manaia Ngaati Reehia $30,000.00
The StarJam Charitable Trust StarJam Waikato: Providing community connections for youth inactive or isolated by disability. $24,255.00
TKKM o Toku Mapihi Maurea Takaro Tūhura, Takaro Tahi! $1,000.00
Tokoroa North School Tokoroa North School Netball Uniforms $2,620.66
Triple RH Trust Roll With It Sharing Skateboards, Skate Skills and the Love for Skateboarding $20,125.00
Tuakau Youth Centre TYC Volleyball $1,000.00
Turangawaewae Waka Sports Incorporated Mahia he mahi, hei painga moo te whaanau me te haapori $41,600.00
Turn & Gymnastic Circle Discovery Gymnastics $10,000.00
United Matamata Sports UMS Touch Module $2,000.00
Waihi College Walk/Workout n Talk $3,868.00
Waihi College Reviving Softball $2,011.99
Waikato Badminton Association Community Outreach and Casual Activation $30,000.00
Waikato Badminton Association Incorporated Community Outreach and Casual Activation $24,165.00
Waikato Basketball Council In Schools Programme $25,000.00
Waikato Country Basketball Activating Generation Z $26,000.00
Waikato Country Basketball Association poitūkohu mo nga kotiro $10,000.00
Waikato Hockey Association Hauatanga Inclusion $30,000.00
Waikato Regional Volleyball Association, Incorporated KiwiVolley Delivery (Primary, Intermediate & Area Schools) $12,750.00
Waikato Regional Volleyball Association, Incorporated Secondary School Volleyball Delivery $8,500.00
Waikato Regional Volleyball Association, Incorporated Tamariki-Rangatahi Poirewa/Volleyball Mahi $7,000.00
Waikato Regional Volleyball Association, Incorporated Disability Sector Volleyball Delivery $6,000.00
Waikato Rugby Union Ngaa Tuu Reanga Whutupooro - Tuu Tamariki Project $20,000.00
Waikato Rugby Union Ngaa Tuu Reanga Whutupooro - Tuu Taitamaahine Project $20,000.00
Waikato Rugby Union Ngaa Tuu Reanga Whutupooro - Tuu Maataatahi Project $20,000.00
Waikato Table Tennis Association Smash Down Barriers - Waikato $10,000.00
Waikato Tennis Trust Community Play, Health & Recreation - W&G Specific $29,772.00
Waru Rua Rima Charitable Trust Te Kāhu Toi $11,800.00
Waru Rua Rima Charitable Trust Taiohi Toa $6,000.00
Whangamatā Area School Summer Twilight Hockey $8,584.20
Whangamatā Surf School Wahine Wednesday $25,000.00
Whitiora School Magic Play Box & Mud Kitchens $3,400.00
Woodstock School Hauora at Woodstock $7,405.75
YMCA North Y-Active $29,090.00
Young Women's Christian Association Inc YWCA Retreats $8,280.00
Youthtown Nga Taiohi Whakamana $12,000.00
Youthtown Youthtown's Waikato Cycling Education Project $48,000.00