Community grant program

In addition to our range of sponsorships, Hydro Tasmania also offers a community grant program. Six $5,000 grants are provided each year to non-profit community organisations based in Tasmania. The purpose of these grants is to help fund projects that add value to communities in Tasmania and provide a benefit to the people who live there.

These grants will showcase grassroots organisations and volunteers working hard in their community and support them to achieve great outcomes.

2017 Hydro Tasmania community grants awarded
Applications came from all around the State to support as many causes and projects imaginable. Volunteers and small community groups play a big part in the quality of life that we often take for granted so it was wonderful that these grants generated so much interest.

The judging panel of Gerard Flack (Director Wholesale Energy Services, Hydro Tasmania), Kate Hickey (Community Coordinator, Hydro Tasmania) and Lesley Mackay (General Manager, The Smith Family Tasmania) had the difficult job of choosing the projects that will provide the most meaningful outcomes. As some applicants did not require the full $5,000, we were able to award seven grants.

The projects selected for the 2017 Hydro Tasmania community grants are:

Project  Organisation Purpose 
Work-ready program for unemployed young people Geeveston Community Centre The young people in this program have literacy and numeracy barriers to getting a job. This program provides training and support to help them enter the workforce, break the cycle of inter-generational unemployment and gain the confidence to be role-models in their family network.
Upgrade of broadcasting equipment Coast FM in Wynyard Coast FM is a community radio station that connects diverse communities and is a ‘friend’ to many elderly, housebound or marginalised people. The volunteer-based team is using outdated equipment which is not only sub-standard but unlikely to engage younger volunteers who are essential for this service to continue.
Spinal injury equipment for Rosebery and Zeehan swimming pools Rosebery Community-House These swimming pools are popular with locals and tourists during the summer months for both fun and fitness. The lifeguards have all been trained in spinal injury management but cost has prohibited them from having this essential equipment.
Registration software for the biennial Gathering event in Latrobe
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) The women in TWiA are mothers, wives and partners in farms, fishing and agribusinesses. Many of them also work in towns and volunteer for rural community services. They are the voice of issues affecting rural families. The software for the biennial gathering (18/20 May in Latrobe) will upskill the volunteers and will be loaned to other volunteer-based community groups in farming communities.
Equipment needed for the annual Mannalargenna Day celebrations held at Musselroe Bay Melythina Tiakana Warrana Aboriginal Corporation Mannalargenna Day is an annual event that celebrates Aboriginal culture and history on Ancestral Country. Hundreds of people converge on the North-East to commemorate the life of an important Aboriginal ancestor and learn about the deep and historical connection Aboriginal people have with the area.
Equipment to run a healthy gardening program Phoenix Community House on King Island 30 per cent of King Islanders suffer from a chronic illness. This gardening program will teach people how to grow their own fresh produce to improve their health. The added benefit is having a social, outdoor activity that will bring people together.
Upgrade to the existing car park Longford Men's Shed The Longford Men’s Shed is housed in a hall used by many community groups. Parking is limited and dangerous for older or less able people. The upgrade will make the car-park safer and more useable for this valued community centre.

All of these projects rely on passionate people getting the funding, inspiring others and making things happen. What we don’t see is the months of ‘cups of tea’ it takes to organise these projects. These get togethers raise community spirits and are essential to combat social isolation – a devastating issue in Tasmania.

By offering these grants we are helping people get projects off the ground to improve the communities we serve.

Applications for the 2018 community grant program will open in February and close at the end of March.

Grant program criteria

We want to support projects that address a defined need and will have an ongoing positive impact in the wider community.

To be considered for these community grants the applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project will achieve a desired outcome for the wider community and will benefit a significant number of residents.
  • The applicant and the project is based in Tasmania.
  • The project has good prospects of successful implementation within 12 months and the applicant has considered long-term costs and/or maintenance.
  • The organisation and the project do not conflict with Hydro Tasmania’s values, ethics and safety culture. For more information please refer to:
  • The project has not received significant funding from another source.
  • Applicants must be willing to provide information and photographs during the project for use by Hydro Tasmania.

Applicants must be a community-serving, non-profit entity granted tax-exempt status, such as:

  • Charities
  • Community service organisations
  • School associations or parent bodies
  • Councils
  • Sporting groups
  • Cultural groups

Ineligible applications include:

  • Projects where there is a direct benefit to a business or an individual
  • Projects that benefit a political party
  • Fundraising campaigns or appeals
  • Ongoing running or labour costs rather than for a defined project
  • Expenses that have already been incurred or cover a budget deficit
  • Projects that are more appropriately the responsibility of State or Federal government
Application process

Applicants are required to complete and submit an application form. The timing is as follows:

Open date Closing date Grant awarded
8 February 31 March July


Applications for the 2017 Community Grant Program are now closed.

Following the closing date the submissions will be reviewed by a panel made up of Hydro Tasmania personnel.

All successful applicants will be required to sign a Funding Agreement which Hydro Tasmania will provide.

Handy hints
  • Demonstrate strong value for money.
  • Show a clear need in the community.
  • Provide evidence of community support.
  • Provide a clear explanation of the project’s objectives.
  • Show that risks associated with the project have been considered.
  • Contain clear, evidence-based details of the number of people who will benefit.
  • Demonstrate organisational and/or community capacity to complete the project.
  • Don’t use jargon, write acronyms in full in the first instance and ensure the application can be understood by the average person.
  • Consider maintenance or replacement costs on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide all requested details in the body of the application. A large number of applications may be received and it is unrealistic to expect that website links or references will be referred to.
  • Letters of support are a good way to demonstrate community need and support for projects. These letters should be obtained from outside the applicant organisation.
  • It is unlikely that projects will be funded where there is an unrealistic outcome, time frame or budget, is likely to be beyond the capacity of the applicant and/or unlikely to proceed in the next 12 months.
  • Submission of an application is deemed to be acceptable of the conditions.
  • Community grants are only open to residents of Tasmania.
  • Only one entry per community organisation is permitted.
  • Applications must be submitted on the application form provided.
  • Applications are to be submitted to:

By mail:

Kate Hickey, Community Coordinator

Hydro Tasmania

GPO Box 355

Hobart  TAS  7001

By email:


           Via the online application form (no longer available)

  • Applications open 8 February 2017 and close at 5:00 pm 31 March 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in July 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Satisfaction of the eligibility criteria and compliance with the application process does not guarantee the provision of a grant to any applicant. The judging panel reserves the right in its absolute discretion to choose the successful applicants. The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Hydro Tasmania may choose to award grants to successful applicants either in full, or in part.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the budget and other financial information is correct and fully completed.
  • The grant must be used within 12 months from payment and for the purpose for which it has been provided. If an organisation is unable to fulfil this requirement the funds must be returned to Hydro Tasmania.
  • A final project report and photographs of the successful completion of the project must be provided to Hydro Tasmania within 12 months of the receipt of the grant. Photographs are to be made available for use by Hydro Tasmania.
  • Approval of a grant does not commit Hydro Tasmania to any future financial assistance to the organisation.
  • If there is a third party involved, for example, a sponsor the applicant remains responsible for all parties to abide by the terms and conditions of the grant.
  • Successful applicants must sign a Funding Agreement and provide Hydro Tasmania with a tax invoice.
  • Hydro Tasmania shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with funded projects.
  • Hydro Tasmania accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the successful application.
  • Once a grant has been awarded any shortfall required for the completion of the project needs to be covered by the organisation or other funding sources.
  • Hydro Tasmania collects applicants’ personal information in order to conduct and administer the community grant program. If the information requested is not provided, the applicant may not participate in the program. By submitting the application each applicant agrees that Hydro Tasmania may use this information for any media, promotion, marketing and/or publicity purposes without further reference, payment or other compensation to the applicant.