Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

We are excited to partner with Sport New Zealand to distribute $366,000 to our Whanganui region.  

The round for funding applications under $10,000 is now closed

The round for funding applications over $10,000 closes 30 April 2021. Apply via the button below.

Please contact Aidan O’Connor at aidan@sportwhanganui.co.nz for more information on applying.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Reporting

Did you receive a grant? Please complete the below form telling us how your organisation or group has benefitted:


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 (5-18) 
  • Disabled children and young people (5-18) 
  • For 2020-2021 an additional priority group will include young women aged 19-24 
  • New and Innovative projects 

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. 

Types of funding rounds available 

Fast Fund – max $10,000, closes at the end of each month (Excluding December) 

  • 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. 
  • Successful applicants will receive their funds by the 20th of the following month. 

Full Fund  No maximum 

  • The full fund is designed to help organisations deliver larger scale projects. 
  • There is 3 rounds per year. 
  • Applications over $40,000 will be required to make a short 10 minutes presentation to the panel. 
  • The deciding committee will meet on the 10th of each month to assess applications received. 
  • Successful applicants will receive their funds by the 20th of the following month. 

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).
    •    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 cannot be funded? 

  • Projects, programmes or events that have already been completed or held by the time the panel meet. 
  • Multi-year programmes – projects that go over 12 months. 
  • Costs associated with: 
  •      Professional athletes 
  •      Professional sports teams
  •      Academies 
  •      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. 
  • Costs for a coaching role, or similar, for a sports team in a competition/tournament. 
  • Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes. 
  • Food.

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. We aim to achieve the following levels of distribution across applications approved: 


What contributes to a strong application? 

When making an application we invite potential applicants to contact us first to support planning and provide guidance. The following points will help to create a strong application for the Panel to consider: 

  • What demand is there for the project? 

When developing a project, begin with the participants at the centre. Think about what evidence or insights you might collect to help shape your project and help to demonstrate the need for your project. National insights are OK to use, but regional and local insights would be better – or direct insights from the young people or community would be ideal. Insights could be in the form of their voice, peers voice, voices and feedback from teachers, coaches, parents. The gold standard would be to have young people directly involved in the planning, development and/or delivery of a project. 

  • Do you only seek funding for equipment, travel, hireage, or officials? 

 Manawa can fund the above, but only as part of a bigger project that involves the quality delivery of opportunities to tamariki and rangatahi. Whilst  Manawa might only fund the component above, we would expect to see the full project outline of what and how delivery was going to happen, and how the funds would be integral to this happening.  

  • We invite projects that are innovative 

The fund is able to fund existing projects, but we welcome innovation to explore different projects and expanding ideas outside of what is already occurring. 

  • A detailed budget of costs 

When assessing projects, the panel need to see:-  quotes, (if equipment, venue or transport is applied for)  a description of where the funds will be used to ensure the funds are being used on what is eligible costs [above]. If a budget lacks detailed breakdown of costs the panel may decline your application. 

Recommendations for potential applications 

Successful projects will aim to target children and young people that are not currently involved in any or much physical activity due to major barriers (such as cost, travel, exclusion, low confidence, etc.) and who would otherwise not be exposed to such activities without targeted efforts. 

Those wanting to apply need to consider the following before applying: 

  1. Which young people aren’t participating in existing opportunities? 
  1. Why don’t these appeal or what is stopping them from engaging in these (I.e. what specific barriers do they face)? 
  1. What activities would they want to participate in but don’t have access to (either demand related or because of high barriers to participation) 

Applicants need to provide evidence of a ‘participant voice’ in order to demonstrate that the young people that are missing out are genuinely interested in doing the proposed activity. In other words – applicants should make an effort to ask young people the above questions and provide this information as part of their application. 

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. 


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/

Te Whetū Rehua Framework – https://sportnz.org.nz/kaupapa-maori/e-tu-maori/te-whetu-rehua/

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


Kanohi ki te kanohi – Contact us 

For support to make an application or for more information, please contact: 

  • Aidan O’ConnorSports and Clubs Partnership Lead – aidan@sportwhanganui.co.nz
  • Tania KingCorporate Business Manager – tania@sportwhanganui.co.nz
  • Nicky Malipaard, Business Administrator – nicky@sportwhanganui.co.nz