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$1.2 million of Sport NZ’s new community fund available in Bay of Plenty

Monday, August 24, 2020

Applications are now open for Sport NZ’s new fund – Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa – for community-based programmes and projects targeting children and young people at most risk of missing out or being less active.

$1.2 million of the fund will be available in the Bay of Plenty over the next twelve months, to be managed and distributed on Sport NZ’s behalf by Sport Bay of Plenty.

Tū Manawa replaces and improves on Sport NZ’s Kiwisport Regional Partnership Fund and now has double the funding available - $68 million over four years, of which half is from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package. Where Kiwisport only focused on organised sport, Tū Manawa will also fund play and active recreation. It also has a distinct assessment process for Kaupapa Māori organisations.

“We really want Tū Manawa to make a difference for those missing out, and that means ensuring this funding is supporting programmes and projects operating in local communities, based on the needs of those communities,” says Sport NZ CEO Peter Miskimmin.

Tu Manawa Major Fund

“In the first year we have placed special emphasis on those tamariki and rangatahi whose physical activity levels have been impacted most by COVID-19, which we know from our research are girls and young women, disabled people, those in higher deprivation communities and a slightly higher age bracket of young women aged 19 to 24.”

To ensure it reaches these groups, Sport NZ is partnering with the county’s network of 14 Regional Sports Trusts to manage and distribute Tū Manawa, and has allocated funding to them based on both population and deprivation modelling. The priority groups and funding modelling will be reviewed before 30 June 2021 to help inform the second year of investment.

Sport Bay of Plenty CEO Heidi Lichtwark says having over $1 million available in the Bay of Plenty over the next 12 months is a great opportunity to support those most impacted by COVID-19 by providing opportunities for them to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

“A ‘Fast Fund’ will provide up to $10,000 for Bay of Plenty applicants facing barriers in their efforts to get children and young people active. Examples include equipment purchases, facility hire or transport costs. Applications of this nature will be open until 30 June 2021.

“Funding up to $60,000 is also available for existing or new projects and programmes that will improve the physical activity opportunities for children and young people. This funding will have a particular focus on projects or programmes that reach those living in higher deprivation areas, girls and young women aged 5 to 24, and disabled tamariki and rangatahi aged 5 to 18,” says Heidi Lichtwark.

Two application rounds for this targeted funding will be open in August 2020 and January 2021.

Tū Manawa is available for both new and existing programmes and projects, and funding will be provided for up to 12 months.

Applications for Tū Manawa from within the Bay of Plenty are now open.

Apply now for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa


Media Contacts

Danene Jones

Communications Team Leader, Sport Bay of Plenty

027 474 4599

Philip Clark

Group Media Manager, Sport NZ

0278 385 710

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