Sport Tasman is proud to be managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport NZ in Te Tau Ihu – Top of the South. 

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 for this fund for sport, active recreation and play projects from eligible organisations. Before you submit an application please ensure you read all the information available on this page and we encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your proposed project.

​​​​​​​Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fast Fund up to a maximum of $10K and Full Fund (10K to 30K) will open on 1st April 2023 and this round will close Friday 28th April 2023.  ​​​​​​​



  • Organisations will be unable to apply for Tu Manawa funding if they have a current programme/project underway or completed, but Sport Tasman has not received and signed off an accountability report for that programme/project.

Who can apply?

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

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

What can be funded?

This is an activation fund that is intended to help cover the costs that are directly associated with the delivery of your activity. These costs might also address any barriers that prevent participants accessing your activity. 

This includes costs of:

  • Venue or equipment hire
  • Cost of transport to the event
  • Support for volunteers or activity delivery staff (Max up to $35 per hour)
  • Equipment (only where this is required as part of a project or delivery)
  • Officials, where these are required for the delivery of the opportunity (Max up to $35 per hour)
  • Costs associated with developing and promoting your activity.

We are interested in receiving applications that take innovative approaches to engaging our priority groups in quality play, active recreation and sport experiences that meet their needs.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have any questions, please email Seona on or call Sport Tasman on 03 546 7910 (Ext 320)

Approved Tu Manawa Funding Applications for all rounds 2020 - 2022 - see below


Seona Christie


Phone: 03 546 7910 (Ext  320)