Community Grant Program 

Hydro Tasmania offers grants for not-for-profit community organisations based in Tasmania to help fund projects that make a real difference for people and communities.

We want to support community groups to achieve great outcomes.

Thank you to every group that submitted an application this year – we had over 40 applications from right across Tasmania for our Community and Innovation grants.

Congratulations to our recipients! This year, we're supporting six community organisations with over $25,000 in funding. These funds will be used for a variety of great work including support for the vulnerable and isolated in our community, as well as children and students.

We’ve also selected three community organisations for our Innovation grants, supporting them with nearly $30,000 in funding to adapt and improve their service as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt.

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2021 Community Grant Program

It was great to see so many applications submitted for the fifth year of our community grant program and the first year of our innovation grants. The projects selected were:

Project 

Organisation

 Purpose

School fruit box program Jordan River Service

Supporting children to learn and have access to adequate nutrition are key outcomes of the School Breakfast Program, delivering yummy goodies to up to 1000 children in southern Tasmanian schools.

The funding will allow the Jordon River Service to provide weekly fresh fruit boxes to five schools and support the current breakfast program, ensuring kids have the best start to their day. 
Trauma care workshop  CareFlight

CareFlight delivers free community training and education across the state and has 5500 SES and 300 Ambulance Tasmania volunteer first responders.

The funding will help CareFlight to deliver a Trauma Care workshop for volunteer first responders, giving them the skills, knowledge, critical thinking and confidence to fulfil their vital community role.
Touch-free water bottle refilling station Lions Club of Flinders Island

Funding will support the Lions Club to create positive health and waste outcomes on Flinders Island.

Purchase of a ‘touch free’ portable water bottle refill station and branded food grade water bottles for use at Island events will help reduce plastic waste and ensure a COVID safe environment for community events. Free water also encourages good health habits in the community and branding the bottles means the Club gets more awareness!
Upgraded heating Launceston Elderly Citizens Club

With 150 community members using the Launceston Hall on a weekly basis, the Elderly Citizens Club was keen to ensure it is a welcoming space especially in the cold months.

The Club will use the funding to replace and upgrade wall heaters to keep regular hall users comfortable and remove previous potential trip hazards caused by electrical cords. 
Upgraded community centre kitchen facilities Oatlands Community Association Oatlands Community Association offers many vital services to the community, including the Southern Midlands Meal Initiative – a weekly drop-in for residents to collect frozen meals and have a cuppa and a chat. A growing number (especially the most vulnerable in the community) are coming to the space to socialise and connect with others.
A small kitchen and COVID spacing restrictions are making things harder for staff in food preparation and clean up so they plan to use the funding to improve kitchen facilities by installing a new dishwasher.
Hall preservation and maintenance works Lower Barrington Community Hall

As one of the few halls solely owned and run by the community, the Lower Barrington facility is much loved and used by the community. Ongoing maintenance is needed to ensure it can continue to perform its vital community function.

The funding will support an external make-over of decaying weatherboards, weathered window trims and wall edging plus a fresh coat of paint. This work will support the latest project of a series of mural panels for the hall’s exterior.

2021 Innovation Grant Program

The projects selected for our innovation grants were:

Project 

Organisation

 Purpose

Free online cancer counselling services Cancer Council Tasmania

COVID-19 forced the Tasmanian branch to close its Cancer Support Centres and adapt its counselling to be run virtually. While things are slowly returning to normal, the branch sees value in continuing to run programs online for those who are isolated for health or geographical reasons.

The funding will allow specifically trained facilitators to run a suite of health programs, directly benefiting a large number of patients undergoing (or recently completed) cancer treatment. Positive benefits of the courses include reduced depression and anxiety, better ability to tolerate treatment and a reduction in side effects.

Phase one of sustainable heating Great Lake community centre

Great Lake is in the centre of Tasmania and its community centre is the thriving hub of this isolated town. The centre’s committee has ambitious plans for future sustainability of the centre including solar power, a community green house and men’s shed.

The first step is to install upgraded heating to reduce the committee’s electricity bills and improve ongoing financial viability, which was severely impacted during COVID-19.

Equipment and infrastructure for Life Lab Smithton High School

The (Life Lab) program run in the far North West of Tasmania was born out of the need to re-connect with disengaged students during COVID lockdown period and recovery. Life Lab aims to allow students to develop work ready skills alongside basic maths and numeracy outcomes. They can also access the VET programs and Trade Training Centre.

The funding will allow the school to create a new outdoor area (including a large garden area), making the space more practical and useable in all weather and allowing them to take on even more students and more projects.  

Grant categories

There are two categories of grants available:

Innovation grants

Our innovation grants are specifically aimed at helping organisations adapt to changes from COVID-19.

Grant amount: up to $10,000

Community grants

Our community grants support defined community projects, including those that help with the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Grant amount: up to $5,000

Community grant recipients: Harvest Helpers, Derwent Valley Railway and Deloraine Cricket Club

Tips on how to complete your application

Community grants

  • Eligibility criteria for both grants

  • Selection criteria

  • Handy hints

  • Terms and conditions

  • Previous grants awarded

Wondering what contribution our community grants have had in the past?


In 2019 the Latrobe Federal Band, Australia's longest running brass band, received a grant to purchase new instruments. These new instruments have made it easier for the band to tour and perform in the community - check out this short video of the recent concert at the 2020 Henley-on-Mersey.