Sport Waikato is responsible for the distribution of the Sport New Zealand fund Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa​ Fund

There are many funds available with their own specific eligibility and criteria. We've captured them in one place on the spreadsheet below, with as much information about each fund as we can. Click the button to download. 


Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa​ Fund

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa (Tū Manawa) is an activation fund that supports tamariki (5-11yrs) and rangatahi (12-18yrs), particularly those that are less active, to access quality play, active recreation, or sport opportunities of their choice in their community or school and kura. 

The meaning behind Tū Manawa means:

  • Tū - ‘to stand’ and 

  • Manawa – ‘breath’.

 In the context of play, active recreation and sport the name calls to all New Zealanders to live Sport NZ’s vision - 'Every Body Active'. 

The fund is managed, on Sport NZ’s behalf, by Regional Sports Trusts (RSTs) and is designed to ensure it reaches the communities that need it most.

A wide range of organisations that provide physical activity opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi are encouraged to apply, particularly those supporting the following target groups that are known to be less active:

  • Young women and girls (5-18yrs) 

  • Disabled tamariki and rangatahi (5-18yrs and including those in schools up to the age of 21)

We also welcome applications supporting less active participants outside of these target groups.


other funds

Rural Travel​ Fund

The fund is designed to help subsidise rural travel for junior teams aged between 5-19 years. It helps school and club sports teams participate in local sporting competitions.
Refer to your local council for further details.