Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

Aktive and our delivery partners are proud to be managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport NZ in Tāmaki Makaurau. The fund of more than $5.1 million will be available in Auckland over the next twelve months as follows:

  • CLM Community Sport is responsible for projects delivered only in Counties Manukau (excluding Howick – Pakuranga) – $1,944,331.20
  • Harbour Sport is responsible for projects delivered only in North Harbour – $196,007.00
  • Sport Auckland is responsible for projects delivered only in central Auckland and the Howick community – $997,968.80
  • Sport Waitākere is responsible for projects delivered only in West Auckland – $1,014,784.00.

Aktive is responsible for projects that are delivered in more than one of the above regions – $989,271.00.

These funding amounts are indicative and will be reviewed following the first funding round once demand for regional applications can be assessed.

Please review the following information before applying.


What is the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund?

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

We know from research that there are some groups who are more at risk of missing out or being less active, including those living with a disability, in higher deprivation communities and girls and young women. Projects or programmes that engage tamariki and rangatahi 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 will be prioritised for funding.

Applicants need to provide evidence, including ‘participant voice’ to demonstrate that the tamariki and rangatahi who are missing out are genuinely interested in doing the proposed project or programme. This means applicants should make an effort to engage tamariki and rangatahi on what activities they want to participate in and what the barriers are, and provide this information as part of the application.

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 you consider partnering with a qualifying (legal) entity.

Examples of who can apply: Examples of who cannot apply:
·       Hapū, Iwi, Marae, Māori organisations

·       Primary/Intermediate schools/Kura

·       Secondary schools/Wharekura

·       Tertiary Education/Whare Wānanga

·       Charitable Trusts

·       Regional or Local Councils

·       Incorporated Societies

·       For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises

·       National organisations that 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






What can be funded?

This is an activation fund to help cover programme or service delivery costs. This includes costs of:

  • Programme or project delivery (e.g. venue or equipment hire, transport to the event)
  • Equipment (as part of a programme or project)
  • Officials, where these are required for the delivery
  • Delivery staff wages (e.g. activity leader, coordinator).


How much can I apply for?

$5,142,362.00 will be available in Tāmaki Makaurau over the next twelve months.

Fast Fund applications: up to a maximum of $10,000 and can be made at any time.

Regional and Local Fund applications: over $10,000 and will be assessed during the year through an initial two funding rounds:
  • Funding Round #2
    • Regional: open Monday 1 February 2021 – Monday 8 March 2021 (as above).
    • Local: open Monday 1 February 2021 – Monday 29 March 2021 (as above).

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


Before starting your application, please review the following information: 

For more information to assist with your application, check out our Sector Development toolkits.
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Assessment Process

Following is the assessment process for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Applications:


Fast Fund applications

CLM Community Sport, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere each use a decision-making panel consisting of staff members, plus a member of the He Oranga Poutama team, to assess ALL fast fund applications against the national criteria. The He Oranga Poutama Kai Whakahaere also leads the assessment of any Kaupapa Maori assessments with the panel.

Decisions are made within the following month from receipt of application.

Due to the Christmas and New Year period, applications made in December 2020 will be assessed in late January 2021.


Regional and Local Fund applications

Aktive, CLM Community Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere each use an independent Advisory Group consisting of community members, including Mana Whenua, to assess all funding round applications against the national criteria. Jenny Gill, former Foundation North Chief Executive, presides over each Advisory Group as Chair; and Advisory Groups make recommendations to each organisation’s Board, seeking approval.

Decisions are made following Advisory Group meetings that are to be held within the following month after the round has closed.

Full Advisory Group list here.


Successful applications to date

Aktive (Regional)

CLM Community Sport (Counties Manukau)

Harbour Sport (North Auckland)

Sport Auckland (Central/East Auckland)

Sport Waitākere (West Auckland)


More information

If you have any questions or for regional enquiries, please email us on funding@aktive.org.nz or please call Trudi Bridges (Aktive) on 021 145 2965.

For local enquiries, please contact: