Sport Bay of Plenty
Tū Manawa Active Aoteroa

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

Sport Bay of Plenty is proud to be managing the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund
on behalf of Sport NZ in our region


About the fund

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.

Funding rounds

Round two of Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa is now open. Two funds are available in round 2:

Fast Fund

Applications for the Fast Fund are now closed - all funding has been allocated for the 2020-21 financial year.

For play, active recreation and sport projects, programmes and initiatives in the Bay of Plenty. Funding up to $15,000 is available to support things like equipment purchases, facility hire, transport costs or other goods and services.

Play Fund

The Play Fund supports larger scale play projects - new or existing - that will improve the opportunities for children's play in the Bay of Plenty. Funding up to $60,000 is available.

Eligibility questionnaire

The below questionnaire will help you check your eligibility and the quality of your potential application.

Examples of who can 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

Examples of 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

If you want to apply but do not have legal status, we recommend you consider partnering with a qualifying (legal) entity.

We strongly recommend potential applicants read the below information and documents before applying

Recommendations for potential applicants

Successful projects should target children and young people who 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.

We strongly recommend you consider the below before applying:

  1. Which young people aren’t participating in existing opportunities?
  2. Why don’t these appeal or what is stopping them from engaging in these (I.e. what specific barriers do they face)?
  3. 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.

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).

What can be funded?

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa 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). This must be the person/people who are planning and delivering the project or programme directly to the participants.

What will not be funded?

The fund does not cover:

  1. Costs of retrospective programmes or events (those that have already been completed or held)
  2. Multi-year programmes
  3. Costs associated with professional athletes, professional sports teams, academies, or rep teams
  4. Capital costs (e.g. facility development, playgrounds)
  5. Administration and on-going costs (e.g. rent, internet, power)
  6. Wages or annual salaries for staff who are not involved in the planning or delivery of the project or programme
  7. Medals, prizes, giveaways, and spot prizes

Tū Manawa Q+A

Our Active Young People Team Leader answers some of the frequently asked questions of people looking to apply for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa funding. Calvin also provides some great tips to help you submit a quality application.

More information

Please read the below documents before applying.

Tū Manawa guidelines

Tū Manawa Guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions - Tū Manawa

Tū Manawa FAQs


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Example budget


Insights snippet_Tū Manawa

How to gather insights


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How to develop outcomes and measures


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Application case studies


How to apply

Further information about each fund, and the online application forms, can be found at the below pages.

Applications for the next Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fast Fund and a Play Fund are now open.

Approved Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund projects 2020


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