Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is an activation fund to provide physical activity opportunities for tamariki (children aged 5-11) and rangatahi (young people aged 12-18).

The fund aims to provide quality opportunities in play, active recreation and sport for those who are missing out. These priority population groups include: 

  • High deprivation communities
  • 18-24 year old young women
  • Maaori
  • Girls and young women
  • Disabled tamariki (5-11 year olds) and rangatahi (12-17 year olds)

The fund’s objectives are: 

  • Increase the provision and accessibility of play, active recreation and sport opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi (especially those who are less active).
  • Ensure tamariki and rangatahi have quality experiences in play, active recreation and sport that meet their needs and are culturally appropriate.
  • Ensure play, active recreation and sport experiences support tamariki and rangatahi to develop confidence, competence, knowledge and ongoing motivation to be active for life.
There are two funds available through the Tu Manawa Fund, a fast fund (up to $30,000) and Community Activation Fund (up to $60,000). 
Funding rounds will close on: 
  • 1st November – Fast and Community Activation Fund 
  • 1st Feb – Fast Fund Only 
  • 1st May - Fast and Community Activation Fund 
All applications will be decided by an advisory panel across play, active recreation and sport. 
Successful projects will be required to attend Tu Manawa workshops, where support will be offered with respect to understanding the needs of young people, targeted communities and monitoring and evaluation. These will be held in the last week of November, February and May (depending on the funding round applied for) and the halfway mark for each project as defined in the contract.  
We would hope to see projects that develop sustainability within their planning and delivery, which would ideally mean subsequent and future applications to Tu Manawa would be for lesser funds.


About Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. It is particularly focused on groups that are less active or missing out on opportunities. 

The fund will be managed, on Sport NZ’s behalf, by Regional Sports Trusts. 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 Sport NZ’s vision - 'Every Body Active'. 

These guidelines apply to the first year of the fund, covering the period to 30 June 2021. 

Who can apply?

Please use the diagram below to see if you are eligible to 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/Kura1
    • Secondary schools/Wharekura1
    • 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. 

Where a project or programme is to be delivered during class time either the school/kura or the provider in partnership with the school/kura can apply for funding, and the school questionnaire must be completed. For activity in a school setting either before/after school or in lunchtime and breaks, applications can be submitted by any organisation. 

1 Māori medium education settings where classroom instruction is presented in Te Reo Māori at least 51% of the time.  

Who cannot apply? 

The following are not eligible to apply: 

  • National organisations who receive Partnership Investment from Sport NZ 
  • 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 and it is intended to help cover programme or service delivery costs. 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. 

This includes costs of: 

  • Project or programme delivery (e.g. venue or equipment hire, transport to event) 
  • Equipment (as part of a project or programme) 
  • Officials, where these are required for the delivery 
  • Delivery staff wages (e.g. activity leader, coordinator). This must be the person/people who are planning and delivering the project or programme directly to the participants. 

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 
  • 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 
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes 

How much can I apply for? 

In 2020-2021 the total distribution of the fund is $16million. This amount has been allocated on a regional basis and will be distributed by Regional Sports Trusts to organisations who are best placed to meet the play, active recreation and sport needs of tamariki and rangatahi. 

Regional Sports Trusts will establish any limits on amounts that can be applied for - please visit your local Regional Sports Trusts’ website for more information. 

Applications are for projects or programmes up to 12 months (i.e. you cannot apply for costs past a 12-month delivery period). 

What is different about this fund compared to the previous Kiwisport Regional Partnership Fund?

The Kiwisport Regional Partnership Fund has been in place since 2009 and ends on 31 December 2020. Please note the Kiwisport Direct Fund will continue to provide funding to schools as per usual, while Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is a new fund with different criteria and an expanded focus; it is not simply an enhanced version of Kiwisport.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa will support a wider range of activity opportunities than Kiwisport (now including play and active recreation), it is more clearly pointed at those who are less active and/or missing out, and the organisations eligible to apply have been broadened in recognition of their critical role in providing these opportunities.

Tū Manawau Active Aotearoa is less focused on more people and opportunities, and more focused on quality experiences that will encourage participation for life. Where Kiwisport was a partnership fund that required additional revenue sources, Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa does not have this requirement. There is also a greater degree of standardisation in the application process than Kiwisport, while still supporting locally-led approaches that meet the needs of communities.


Resources that may help with your application:

Maaori Adults 18+ Profile
Maaori Young People Profile
Disability Adults 18+ Profile
Disability Young People Profile
Deprivation Adults 18+ Profile
Deprivation Young People Profile
Tamariki 5-11 years Profile
Rangitahi 12-17 years Profile
Sport NZ Insights Tool

Sport NZ’s interactive mapping to find where our high deprivation areas are/low decile schools

Sport NZ - Te Whetu Rehua

A framework based on five key values important for Maaori cultural and social development.

Frequently Asked Questions



Community Resilience Fund vs Tū Manawa Fact Sheet

Tū Manawa in school/kura setting form



If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our team on 07 858 5388 or email tumanawa@sportwaikato.org.nz