Providing funding for projects and programmes in Te Tai Tokerau


Sport Northland 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 tākaro/play, ngā mahi a te rēhia/active recreation and hākinakina/sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating.

We welcome applications from a wide range of organisations that provide tākaro/play, ngā mahi a te rēhia/active recreation and hākinakina/sport opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi, particularly for those that are less active. These groups include:

  • Children and young people in higher deprivation communities
  • Girls and young women (5-24); and
  • Disabled children and young people (5-18)

Two separate funding round types for Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa are available - Fast Fund and Full Fund.  Applications for both the Fast Fund and Full Fund follow the same criteria and guidelines. Please make sure you read the guidelines prior to applying. ​​​​​​​

$847,000 of the fund will be available in Northland between August 2022 and June 2023 (or until the funds are allocated).

Please read all the information below including, guidelines, links and other helpful information. 


Ma wai e tono | Who can apply

Ko wai e kore e taea te tono | Who cannot apply

He aha ngā kaupapa ka taea te tono | What can be funded

He aha ngā kaupapa kahore e utu | What can't be funded



How much can I apply for?

Up to $10,000.​​​​​​​

Applications will be assessed by an internal panel and need to be submitted by the following dates:

Round 1 - 5:00pm, 10 September 2022 - CLOSED

Round 2 - 5:00pm, 10 November 2022 - CLOSED

Round 3 - 5:00pm, 31 March 2023 - OPEN NOW


How much can I apply for?

Up to $50,000.

Applications will be assessed by an external panel and need to be submitted by the following dates:

Round 1 - 5:00pm, 1 October 2022 - CLOSED

Round 2 - 5:00pm, 31 March 2023 - OPEN NOW

When will I hear if my application is successful or not?

Fast Fund applications will be assessed by an internal Sport Northland panel, and Full Fund applications will be assessed by a panel that will include community members and Sport Northland staff. 

Applicants will be contacted within three weeks of the closing date of the round in which we received the application.

Payment schedule will be as follows:

As a general rule, 75% of funding will be paid on the signing of an investment schedule and 25% on the submission of a satisfactory final report.  This is reveiwed on a case by case bases when needed. Failure to meet the agreed actions in the investment schedule satisfactorily may result in funding having to be returned.  Payment will be made on receipt of a 7-day invoice.


Recommendations for potential applicants:

Projects will aim to target children and young people that are not currently involved in any or much physical activity due to barriers (such as cost, travel, exclusion, low confidence, etc) and who would otherwise may not be exposed to such activities.

Those wanting to apply need to consider the following:

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 (eg what are the barriers)?

3. What activities would they want to participant in but may not have access to?

Kaupapa Māori projects:

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides an opportunity for communities to apply for funding via a kaupapa Māori pathway. This pathway has the same outcomes and purpose as the fund, but it provides an alternative way to apply that may better suit some communities.

The pathway will focus on using the Te Whetū Rehua framework as a tool to help make decisions on the eligibility of an application. Click on the link below for more information on Te Whetū Rehua.

If you have other kaupapa Māori frameworks you would like to use, then that’s fine too.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

School/kura applications:

Schools/kura are eligible to apply for Tū Manawa funding to deliver tākaro/play, ngā mahi a te rēhia/active recreation and hākinikina auraki/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 has been created to guide this discussion.  

​​​​​​​Please complete the form and upload it to your application when applying. The link to the form is below.

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.

Are you finished your project and ready to submit your final report?

Email us on funding@sportnorth.co.nz for your online reporting form.

If you have any questions please email us on funding@sportnorth.co.nz