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Applications for the Local Fund close Monday March 7. Photo Aktive website.

Applications for a fund providing community-based programmes and projects for children and young people are now open.

The Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund is managed and distributed on Sport NZ’s behalf in Auckland by Aktive with support from a variety of partners, including Sport Auckland which is responsible for projects delivered in central Auckland and Howick.

It includes a “distinct assessment process for Kaupapa Māori organisations”. The fund helps cover costs such as venue or equipment hire, transport, officials and delivery staff wages.

Aktive’s chief executive Jennah Wootten says the fund is “designed to provide quality, accessible play, active recreation and sport for tamariki and rangatahi”.

“We want to support our young people to develop a life-long love of being active,” Wootten says.

“We’re particularly keen to see this fund benefit young people who are inactive, face barriers such as cost, travel and exclusion, and would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience such activities.

“We understand many of these barriers will be heightened with Covid-19, which also makes it challenging for sport and recreation organisations. That’s why we are focused on working with organisations to help them access the fund, so they’re able to deliver for our tamariki and rangatahi, even if the activity looks slightly different given the Covid-19 environment we’re living in.”

More than 420 organisations have received investment totalling $6,535,340 from the 2020/21 fund and round one of the 2021/22 fund. A consistent highlight, Aktive says, is a positive difference being made in local communities.

Tu Manawa applications for the Local Fund closes on Monday March 7.

Programmes and projects can be currently or freshly operating. Funding can be provided for up to 12 months.

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