Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund


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


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 
  • 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 (sportnz.org.nz)

Application process                                                                                                

There are changes to the application process:

 Introducing a new two-stage Application Process.

Stage 1: 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                                                                                                


FAST FUND (applications up to $30,000) - OPEN FUND (apply any time)

Applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) or Application Form any time between 26 July 2021 and last round in May 2022.

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 submission date. Where a heavy volume of applications is received at the same time, applications will be prioritised by earliest project start dates.

COMMUNITY ACTIVATION FUNDING Round No. 1 (applications up to $50,000) Open Date 26 July 2021; Closing Date 1 October 2021, 5pm

COMMUNITY ACTIVATION FUNDING Round No. 2  (applications up to $50,000) Open Date TBC; Closing Date 14 April 2022, 5pm

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


Important documents to review before you apply                                                          

Please read the following documents before starting your application:

Community Guidelines Document (updated 2021)
Frequently Asked Questions (updated 2021)
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 (English)
Sample Expression of Interest Form (Te Reo - coming soon)

Sample Application Form (English)
​Sample Application Form (Te Reo - coming soon)

Sample Budget Template (English)
​Sample Budget Template (Te Reo - coming soon)


Ready to apply? Start here!                                                                                                              



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


Resources to guide your application

Find tips on insights and evaluation here
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 Name of Project/Programme $ Amount
Bankwood School Loose Parts Play $3,229.32
Equipotential NZ Incorporated Equipotential Theraputic Riding Programme $30,000.00
Franklin Basketball Association Incorporated Get Hooping Tuakau $9,360.00
Galaxy Touch Waikato Galaxy Touch Rangatahi Ora $1,500.00
Girl Code Girl Code $21,400.00
Hauraki Plains College Step-Up Girls Active Fitness Mentor Program $20,000.00
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 Les Elder Wahine Toa Secondary School Program $14,800.00
Mayall Creative Act-in-Motion $31,280.00
Melville High School Volleyball Delivery $14,600.00
Mercury Bay Area School Whakamana ngā rangatahi $13,500.00
Nga Waka o Tirohanga Trust Nga Waka o Tirohanga Trust Waka Ama Programme $30,000.00
Ngaa Taiohi o Te Rangitaupi Incorporated Society Tai Pari- 2020-2021 $10,800.00
Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc Coach / Equine manager wages $5,000.00
Perry Outdoor Education Trust POET Programme $60,000.00
Putaruru Primary School Putaruru School Cluster Sports Co-ordinator $26,700.00
Rise & Shine Aerial Fitness Studio Aerial Classes $6,430.00
Socially Good Adventures ltd (Got To Get Out) Tamariki & Rangatahi have Got To Get Out $55,000.00
Squash Waikato Incorporated Movement Collective (Squash) $9,696.00
Swimming Waikato Get Waikato Swimming $60,000.00
Tairua School Tairua School Sports Hub Delivery Coordinator $30,000.00
Taupo Netball Centre Incorporated Youth Netball Delivery Project $18,500.00
Taupo Riding for Disabled Taupo Riding for Development $22,700.00
Te Awamutu Group Riding for the Disabled association.inc Te Awamutu Group. Riding for Disabled $13,000.00
Te Awamutu Primary School TAPS at Play $3,385.70
Te Awamutu Youth Development Trust Afterschool boxing classes - Te Awamutu Youth Development Trust $10,000.00
Te Kauwhata Community Fitness Centre Swim for life $6,760.00
Te Kuiti Primary School Sports Delivery Facilitator $35,000.00
Te Toki Voyaging Trust Wai Tai, Wai Maori, Wai Ora $41,200.00
Tuakau Youth Centre TYC Volleyball $1,000.00
Waikato Badminton Association Incorporated Community Outreach and Casual Activation $24,165.00
Waikato Country Basketball Activating Generation Z $26,000.00
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
Waru Rua Rima Charitable Trust Taiohi Toa $6,000.00
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