Latrobe Federal Band bangs the drum for Hydro Tasmania Community Grant Program

13 February 2020

Applications are now open for Hydro Tasmania’s 2020 Community Grant Program, with up to $5,000 available to not-for-profit groups state wide for projects that help to make their communities more resilient and empowered, which can mean many different things to different people.

For 2019 community grant recipient the Latrobe Federal Band, Australia’s longest continually running brass band, it was as simple as needing new drums that are safer for their youngest members to use, which helps to ensure the band’s future.

The drums can be seen in a new video profile of the band filmed recently at Henley-on-Mersey, at

Hydro Tasmania CEO Steve Davy said Hydro Tasmania welcomed applications from a diverse range of community groups every year.

“There are so many not-for-profit groups in Tasmania whose hard work is the lifeblood of their communities, and this is our way of supporting not just the groups themselves, but the Tasmanians they look after – whether it’s providing important services or encouraging participation in the community.

“The Tasmanian people are our owners and we want to help our owners, because when our communities are supported and more connected, we all benefit.”

Now in its fourth year, the Community Grant Program has funded 20 programs throughout Tasmania, with grants given to a wide range of worthy pursuits, covering everything from music, dance, historical preservation, healthy eating and mental health initiatives.

Applications for the 2020 Community Grant Program are now open and close at 5pm on 31 March, with all the details found at



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