Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

We are excited to partner with Sport New Zealand to distribute funding to the Whanganui, Rangitīkei and Ruapehu regions.

What is the  Manawa Active Aotearoa fund?

 Manawa Active Aotearoa is a partnership between Sport NZ and Regional Sports Trusts. The fund aims to support programmes or projects that focuses on play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating. 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) 

Manawa Funding Dates


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 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 Active Aotearoa Community Guidelines 2021-22

Tū Manawa Frequently Asked Questions July 2021


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. 

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. For more information please click here. 

What cannot be funded? 

  • 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 (e.g. rent, internet, power). 
  • Costs that are already funded by other sources
  • Cost of retrospective projects or activities ( those that have already been completed or held)
    Costs associated with:
  • Professional athletes 
  • Professional sports teams
  • Academies 
  • Rep teams 
  • Capital costs (e.g. facility development and maintenance, playgrounds). 
  • Costs for a coaching role, or similar, for a sports team in a competition/tournament. 
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes. 

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.  
  • Where a project or programme is to be 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. 

 Who cannot apply? 

  • National organisations who already 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 do I apply?

Please contact Aidan O’Connor at aidan@sportwhanganui.co.nz for advice regarding your application.

Next Fast funding round opens 17 October 2021.  See funding dates near top of page.

More information about the fund


Types of funding rounds available 

Fast Fund – max $10,000

  • The fast fund is designed to help organisations access funds to deliver small to medium sized projects. 
  • The maximum you can apply for is $10,000 per project. 

Full Fund  No maximum 

  • The full fund is designed to help organisations deliver larger scale projects. 
  • There are two  rounds per year. 
  • Applications over $40,000 will be required to make a short ten minutes presentation to the panel. 


Funding distribution across tamariki and rangatahi 

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

2020 to 2021 Successful Applications

Resources that may help with your project planning:

Sport NZ Disability Plan – https://sportnz.org.nz/media/1526/sport-nz-disability-plan-2019.pdf

Sport NZ Disability Insights –  https://sportnz.org.nz/resources/spotlight-on-disability/

Safe Sport for Children Guidelines – https://sportnz.org.nz/resources/safe-sport-for-children/

Sport NZ Girls and Young Women Insights – https://sportnz.org.nz/media/1280/girls-and-young-women-profile.pdf