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.

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.