Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa funding has been exhausted for the 2023 - 2024 financial year and previously planned funding rounds will no longer run. Funding rounds will commence again in the 2024-2025 financial year, beginning 1 July 2024. Funding round dates will be announced closer to this time. 

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)


21 July 2023

4 August 2023 (5 PM)

Open Fund – (Round 2)


27 October 2023

10 November 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) July

7 July 2023

21 July 2023 (5 PM)

Smaller Project Fund – (Round 2) September 

1 September 2023

22 September 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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