Media Release || Over $1.1 million allocated to community organisations to get more young people active
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Sport Bay of Plenty has allocated $1.19 million in the past 12 months to 78 Bay of Plenty organisations working to get more young people active.
The funding is part of the Sport New Zealand Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund administered locally by Sport Bay of Plenty. Recipients include community-based play, sport and active recreation programmes and projects targeting young people at most risk of missing out or being less active.
Supporting play, active recreation and sport
In the Eastern Bay Kutarere School received $5,000 to help them turn a disused tennis court into a free play space where kids could play with scooters, skateboards, balls and chalk boards. Ngongotaha Primary School in the Central Bay of Plenty has received $14,000 to enable them to purchase and construct play equipment including a mud kitchen, water pump station, play boxes and a rock wall. In the Western Bay of Plenty Hibiscus Surf School is using $8,000 of funding to offer free monthly surf lessons to rangatahi who have never had access to surfing because of the associated costs.
Nick Chambers from Sport Bay of Plenty said the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund is all about making a difference for tamariki and rangatahi across the Bay of Plenty who are missing out.
“We know from research that the physical activity levels of girls and young women, disabled people and those is higher deprivation communities have been impacted the most by COVID-19.
“Community-based play, sport and active recreation providers are best positioned to be able to deliver quality physical activity opportunities to these young people.”
Chambers said of the 78 programmes or projects funded in the last 12 months, 32 were sport, 28 were active recreation and 19 were play.
“The great thing about the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund is that it supports all forms of physical activity and really draws on the voice of young people across the Bay of Plenty to find out what barriers they face, and what they want and need to be able to be active.
“Young people in our community have great ideas that really challenge us as adults to come up with new and innovative ways to engage them in physical activity. The most successful programmes and projects are those that take the time to listen to tamariki and rangatahi from the beginning,” Chambers said.
New round of funding now open
A new round of the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund is now open with two funding pools on offer: a Fast Fund with funding up to $15,000 per application to support things like equipment purchases or transport to venues; and the Major Fund which provides up to $40,000 per application to help providers initiate a larger scale project that meets the needs of the target group. Both funding streams have a distinct assessment process for Kaupapa Māori organisations.
Applications for the Major Fund close on Friday 27 August. A second round for 2021 will open on Monday, 4 October and close Friday, 12 November. Applications for the Fast Fund will remain open until the funding pool is exhausted.
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