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Fund open for sport, play and active recreation

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People are welcome to apply to the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund, which provides over $2.3 million for community-based initiatives and projects. File photo supplied

Applications have opened for the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund, with more than $2.3 million available for community-based initiatives and projects engaging young people most at risk of missing out or being less active.

The fund is managed and distributed on Sport NZ’s behalf in Auckland by Aktive, with support from partners CLM Community Sport, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere, and includes a distinct assessment process for Kaupapa Māori organisations.

Jennah Wootten, Aktive chief executive, highlighted the great opportunity the fund provides, “The Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund is designed to provide quality, accessible play, active recreation and sport experiences for our tamariki and rangatahi.

“We want to support [them] to develop a life-long love of being active and we’re particularly keen to see this fund benefit those who are inactive, face barriers like cost and exclusion, and would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience such activities.

There is no shortage of great organisations across the region that do just this, and this Fund is about further supporting them to do so.

She adds: “We are also committed to working with organisations to guide them through the application process and ensure this fund is reaching the communities that need it most. We’re here to help.”

Across the region, more than 825 organisations have received investment totalling $13.15m since Tū Manawa Aotearoa funding started in September 2020.

A consistent highlight is the positive difference being made in local communities.

Tū Manawa applications for the regional and local funds close on Monday, March 13.

Initiatives and projects can be new or already operating, and funding can be provided for up to 12 months.

The fund helps cover initiative or project delivery costs including venue or equipment hire, officials and staff wages.

Applications in Tāmaki Makaurau are allocated as follows:

For more information visit

To support the application process, Aktive is running two online forums to go through the fund criteria, how to complete the application form, and frequently asked questions visit  the link above.

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