NOTE: Nuku Ora has been fortunate to receive a high number of quality applications for the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund we administer on behalf of Sport NZ, which has led to a significant oversubscription for the funds we have to allocate. Due to this oversubscription, the fund has been exhausted through to June 30 2023. As a result, the final two Smaller Project Fund rounds which were scheduled for this year have now been cancelled. 

Nuku Ora’s Tū Manawa funding will be distributed in a series of funding rounds over the next 12 months. 

The Tū Manawa ‘Open Fund’ and ‘Smaller Project Fund’ have the same purpose, priority groups, and requirements. The difference between the two are how the respective funding streams are administered.

Please note that your application must be for a programme or project for up to 12 months (i.e. you cannot apply for costs past a 12-month delivery period).

Open Fund

Open Fund applications are assessed by a Community Decision Making Panel (a mix of internal Nuku Ora staff and external panel members)

  • No funding cap on how much can be applied for
  • Three Open Fund Rounds over the next 12 months

Fund type

Opening date

Closing date

Open Fund – (Round 1)


15 July 2022

5 August 2022 (5 PM)

Open Fund – (Round 2)


14 October 2022

4 November 2022 (5 PM)

Open Fund – (Round 3)


17 February 2023

5 March 2023 (5 PM)

 Smaller Project Fund

Smaller Project Fund applications are assessed by an internal Nuku Ora Decision Making Panel

  • $10,000.00 funding cap on applications
  • Five Smaller project Fund Rounds over the next 12 months

Fund type

Opening date

Closing date

Smaller Project Fund – (Round 1) August

12 August 2022

2 September 2022 (5 PM)

Smaller Project Fund – (Round 2) November

11 November 2022

25 November 2022 (5 PM)

Smaller Project Fund – (Round 3) January

13 January 2023

3 February 2023 (5 PM)


Need more help?

We recommend you get in touch with our Tū Manawa team before submitting your application

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