Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa


The third Open Funding Round for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa closes 5pm Friday 5 March.
  1. Funding Rounds
  2. Eligibility information
  3. What the fund covers
  4. More information
  5. Apply now

Sport Wellington is proud to be managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport NZ in our region. 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.

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. Programmes or projects that reach these groups will be prioritised for funding.

We welcome applications from a wide range of groups and organisations from late August 2020.

1. Funding rounds

As part of the allocation of this fund, Sport NZ have asked all Regional Sports Trusts to fund at least 20% of total projects across each of the Play, Active Recreation, and Sport areas.

To date and due to demand, Sport Wellington have funded a high percentage of Sport and Active Recreation projects. As a result, we will be particularly interested in receiving Play applications through this third Open Funding Round. Play applications will take funding priority in this round.

If your organisation wishes to meet to discuss and/or submit a Sport or Active Recreation application, you may do so, but please be mindful that Sport Wellington have funded heavily in these areas to date.

There will again be further Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa funding available from mid-2021, where Sport Wellington will again have flexibility around our funding distribution levels across Play, Active Recreation, and Sport.

$1,425,425 of the fund will be available in the greater Wellington region, to be managed and distributed by Sport Wellington on Sport NZ’s behalf.

This money will be distributed in a series of funding rounds over the next 12 months. Please note that your application must be for a programme or project for up to 12 months (i.e. you cannot apply for costs past a 12-month delivery period). 

The guidelines, eligibility and priorities for the Open and Fast Funding Rounds are the same.

Open Funding Rounds

There will be three Open Funding Rounds for applications. The Open Funding Rounds are assessed by the Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa Community Decision Making Panel (more information coming soon). 

There is no maximum amount organisations can apply for. Applicants can expect to be notified of their application outcome within 3 weeks of the Funding Round close date.

 Fund type  Open date Close date
Open Fund - Round One 24 August 2020  28 September 2020
Open Fund - Round Two 26 October 2020 30 November 2020
Open Fund - Round Three 1 February 2021 5 March 2021

* Exact open and close dates may be subject to change. 

Fast Funding Rounds

The Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa ‘Fast-Fund’ has the same purpose, priority groups, and requirements as the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Open Funding Rounds – the difference between the ‘Fast-Fund’ and the traditional Funding Rounds are how the respective funding streams are administered:

  • The maximum amount of Funding that can be requested through the Fast-Fund is $10,000.
  • Fast-Fund applications will be assessed by an internal Sport Wellington assessment panel.
  • The Fast-Fund is open year round; each round will open at the start of each calendar month, and close at the end of each calendar month, with applicants being notified of their application outcome shortly after.
  • The first Fast-Fund will open 1 September 2020, with the last round opening 1 May 2021 (unless all Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Funding is distributed prior to this date).

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2. Eligibility information

Please use the diagram below to see if you are eligible to apply.

Tu Manawa elibigility diagram

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 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

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3. 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 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)

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4. More information

Please read the following information and watch the videos below to understand everything you need to know about Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa before applying:


School/kura applications

Schools/kura are eligible to apply for Tū Manawa funding to deliver play, active recreation and sport activities that meet the needs of their students.

We want to ensure Tū Manawa funding does not replace curriculum delivery or inadvertently cause confusion about the roles and responsibilities of teachers/kaiako and external providers. For that reason, when planned activities involve external providers other than school personnel and occur during class time, there is an additional step in the application process.

This involves a discussion between the school/kura and the external provider about the planned activity. The In-school/kura setting form [see aove] has been created to guide this discussion. Please complete this form and upload it to your application when applying.

It is important to be clear on what all parties are trying to achieve, and consider how the project supports building relationships, making use of local and community resources and connections and ultimately ensuring better outcomes for students and their learning.

Please note that you do not need to complete this form for projects that occur within a school/kura setting that are either before or after school, during lunchtime and breaks, or for applications that only involve school personnel.


Tū Manawa Application Support Breakfast Forum 

Tū Manawa overview

View the slides from this presentation.

Tū Manawa Healthy Active Learning national workforce kōrero

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Latest Updates 16 September

View the slides from this presentation.


We will be scheduling further public webinars and forums in the coming weeks to provide you with more information about the fund and offer you the opportunity to ask questions. Follow us on Facebook and sign up to our weekly Regional Sector Update newsletter to ensure you don't miss an announcement. 

If you have any questions, please email us at tumanawa@sportwellington.org.nz

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5. Apply now

Before starting your application, refer to page 8 of the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Community Guidelines to see an overview of the application process, and page 10 to find out what information you will need to include on the application form. 

We also recommend you get in touch and talk to us about your initiative before submitting an application. 

Email us

Open Fund - Round Three closes 5pm Friday

For applications $10,000.01 or more

This fund is now closed

Fast Fund

For applications $10,000.00 or less

Apply Now