Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

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Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Purpose

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: 

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

As this is a community fund it is responsive to local demographics and environments. Some Regional Sports Trusts have identified additional groups that experience barriers to participation in physical activity and lower participation statistics - you should contact your local Regional Sports Trust to clarify if there are additional priority groups in your region.

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.  

Projects or programmes engaging tamariki and rangatahi who are inactive, face major barriers (such as cost, travel, exclusion, low confidence) and would otherwise not be exposed to such activities will be prioritised for funding.   

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

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa in action!

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa supports programmes that help tamariki and rangatahi create a lifelong love of being active.

Check out some of the awesome mahi supported by Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund.


Kī-o-Rahi Tāmaki Makaurau
Football Connect - Youthtown NZ, NZ Football Foundation
Snowplanet's Winter Wonderland Experience 
The Dust Palace's Ngā Wāhine Toa project - Sport Auckland
Recreate NZ Rock Climbing

How much can I apply for?

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 in funding rounds: 

Please note, applications to the Regional Fund (Auckland Wide) have a funding limit of up to $50,000.00. 

Before starting your application, please review the following information: 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). 

Aktive and our partners are proud to be managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport New Zealand in Tāmaki Makaurau.

  • CLM Community Sport is responsible for projects delivered only in Counties Manukau (excluding Howick – Pakuranga).

  • Harbour Sport is responsible for projects delivered only in the North Harbour area.

  • Sport Auckland is responsible for projects delivered only in central Auckland and the Howick community.

  • Sport Waitākere is responsible for projects delivered only in West Auckland.

Aktive is responsible for projects that are delivered in more than one of the above regions.


From 1 July 2023 - 30 June 2024, the following funding is available for distribution: 


Funding available



CLM Community Sport


Harbour Sport


Sport Auckland


Sport Waitākere



Funding rounds for 2024 are as follows:




Round Two Local Fund (CLM Community Sport, Sport Auckland, and Sport Waitākere)

Monday 29 January 2024 

Monday 11 March 2024 

Round Two Regional Fund (Auckland Wide)

Monday 12 February 2024

Monday 11 March 2024


Fast Fund applications for under $10,000 are open for CLM Community Sport and Sport Auckland (East). Fast Funds for Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland (Central) and Sport Waitākere have been exhausted for 2024.

There are no further rounds for Harbour Sport Local Fund for 2024.

Please review the following information before applying.

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). 

What can't be funded?

  • Water Skills for Life lessons, or transport for WSFL lessons
  • Swimming Lessons (as part of in curriculum time delivery)
  • School Camps that are part of normal curriculum activity
  • School Sports Administrator/Coordinator roles 

Note: Tū Manawa funding can’t be used in a school setting to provide an FTE or equivalent that are akin to HAL Advisor/Community Activator and Sport Coordinator/PE roles.

Bikes in Schools applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Who can and can't 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 

  • Hapū, iwi, marae, Māori organisations 
  • Primary, intermediate, and secondary schools 
  • Tertiary education and whare wānanga 
  • Charitable trusts and incorporated societies 
  • Regional and local councils 
  • For-profit businesses/commercial organisations and social enterprises. 

Examples of who cannot apply 

  • National organisation that receive Partnership Investment from Sport NZ 
  • Government agencies and their regional branches 
  • Early learning services 
  • Professional or semi-professional sports teams and organisations 
  • Individuals. 

What is the 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 to assess all fast fund applications.

Decisions are made within four weeks of receiving the application.

Regional and Local Fund applications

Aktive, CLM Community Sport, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland, and Sport Waitākere each use an independent Advisory Group consisting of community members to assess all applications. Advisory Groups make recommendations to each organisation’s Board, seeking approval.

Decisions are made within eight weeks of receiving the application.

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

Apply for Local and Fast Fund 

Applications for the Local Fund (CLM Community Sport, Sport Auckland, and Sport Waitākere) open on Monday 29 January 2024.

Fast Fund is still available for CLM Community Sport and Sport Auckland (East).

Apply now if you are confident that your activity or project meets the requirements of Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa and the expectations of the organisation that is administering it. 

When applying, ensure that you clear your cache (history) and you are using Google Chrome to complete the application. You can save a draft application for up to 30 days.

For the Local Fund it takes up to two months to communicate the outcome of the application and, if you are successful, to put an agreement in place. Therefore, we recommend applying at least six to eight weeks before funding is required. 

Expression of Interest 

If you would like to find out if your project idea is suitable for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa, we invite you to complete an expression of interest. This requires you to answer a couple of quick questions and summarise what your project/activity is about, who will be involved and how much you are seeking from the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund. 

We will provide feedback on what you have submitted and an indication of further work that may be required before a full application should be forwarded for consideration. Please be aware that support for your application or an acknowledgement that your application is ready to progress, is no guarantee that your application will be approved. 

Apply for Regional Fund

The Regional Fund (Auckland Wide) opens on Monday, 12 February 2024.

In order to apply for Regional Funding (Auckland Wide), you must first complete a registration form.

After completing the registration form, you will receive an email with the unique application link for your organization.

You will also now be able to upload an audio/visual file instead of a written response, should this be your preference, to the following parts of the Auckland Wide application:

  • Project or Programme Summary
  • Evidence of Need

To view the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa application guidelines, follow the link here.

More information 

We highly recommend you get in touch with our team before submitting an application so that we can help to ensure that your application is aligned 

If you have any questions or for regional enquiries, please email funding@aktive.org.nz or call Hazel Latoa, Aktive on 027 250 2498.

For more information to assist with your application, check out our Sector Support toolkits.