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

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is a partnership between Sport NZ and Regional Sports Trusts. We welcome applications from a wide range of organisations that provide play, active recreation and sport opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi, particularly:    

  • Children and young people in higher deprivation communities 
  • Girls and young women (5-24) 
  • Disabled children and young people (5-18) 

We are committed to ensuring there is an equitable distribution of funds in the Whanganui region to allow tamariki and rangatahi access to play, active recreation and sport opportunities. 

The next Tū Manawa round closes on 30 April 2024.

View latest Tū Manawa recipients

Read about some of the projects we have funded:

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from a wide range of groups and organisations. If you want to apply but do not have legal status, we recommend partnering with a (qualifying) legal entity. 

Examples of who can apply:

  • Hapū, Iwi, Marae, Māori organisations
  • Primary/Intermediate/Secondary schools/Kura/Wharekura
  • Tertiary Education/Whare Wānanga 
  • Charitable trusts and  incorporated societies
  • Regional or local councils
  • For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises

Where a project or programme is delivered during class time in a school/kura only the school/kura can apply for funding, and the school form below 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.

Examples of who can’t apply:

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

How much can I apply for?

Fast Fund applications: up to a maximum of $10,000, for small to medium sized projects

Full Fund applications: for larger scale projects, there are two funding rounds per year. Applications over $40,000 will be required to make a short presentation in addition to their application.

Please note your application must be for a programme or project for up to a maximum of 12 months (i.e. you can’t apply for costs past a 12 month delivery period).

When can I apply?

There are four funding rounds each year, closing on the following dates:

  • 16 February 2024 – Fast Fund only (up to $10,000)
  • 30 April 2024 – Full Fund and Fast Fund
  • 31 July 2024 – Fast Fund only (up to $10,000)              
  • 31 October 2024 – Full Fund and Fast Fund

All applicants must contact Sport Whanganui to access an application form.

What can be funded?

This is an activation fund and it is intended to help cover programme or service delivery costs. We would love to see examples of innovative approaches to engaging our priority groups in quality 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 of the opportunity (as part of a project or programme)
  • Support for volunteers or activity delivery staff
  • Costs associated with developing and promoting your activity

Tū Manawa Frequently Asked Questions (PDF – 200KB)

Kaupapa Māori projects 

We are interested to learn more about kaupapa Māori projects, and how potential projects will be delivered within a kaupapa Māori context. If you consider your project as being delivered within a kaupapa Māori context we will prompt you for more information in line with Te Whetū Rehua, a framework based on five key values important for Māori cultural and social development. 

Download a PDF of Te Whetu Rehua (PDF – 2MB)

The tool has been developed with Māori community sport and recreation providers, and supports Māori being able to participate as Māori, recognising that a strong and secure cultural identity helps facilitate access to wider society, as well as being vital to wellbeing as indigenous New Zealanders. 

How do I apply?

Please call Sport Whanganui on 06 349 2300 for advice regarding your application.

Ready to apply? Check out our tipsheet below for some useful advice about what you need to consider when completing your application.

Applying for Funding – Tū Manawa tipsheet (PDF – 3MB)

Resources for project planning

Sport NZ Disability Insights

Safe Sport for Children Guidelines

Sport NZ Disability Plan (PDF – 3.5MB)

Sport NZ Girls and Young Women Insights (PDF – 640KB)