Grants/Funding Opportunities

Dorset Council offers three grants to community groups under the Community Grants Program. Depending on the type of project and the funds required, community groups can apply for one of three grants from a total pool of $50,000. This page also includes information on grants available from other sources - please scroll down!


Dorset Council offers three grants to community groups under the Community Grants Program. Depending on the type of project and the funds required, community groups can apply for one of three grants from a total pool of $50,000:

Dorset Council Small Grant Stream (up to $1,000*): The purpose of these grants is to contribute to community life in Dorset. Community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for financial assistance towards programs, projects or events that improve the well-being of people living in Dorset.  Dorset Council Small Grants Guidelines  /  Application Form 

Dorset Council Community Matching Funds Grant Stream (up to $15,000*, and with matching contribution): The purpose of these grants is to provide community groups and organisations with additional resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen the Dorset community - note, funds must be matched (with a matching dollar value of cash and/or in-kind contribution from the requesting group or organisation). All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members, in partnership with Dorset Council.  Dorset Council Community Matching Funds Grant Guidelines  /  Application Form **

Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grant Stream (up to $15,000):The purpose of these grants is to provide community organisations with funding for projects that are on land owned by Dorset Council. Applications for one of these grants may be submitted at any time, using the appropriate application form. (Discretionary grant funds become available from 1 July each year, and remain available during the financial year until that year's discretionary grant pool has been fully allocated).  Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grants Guidelines  /  Application Form **

* Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Critical Dates listed in their relevant Guidelines. Make sure to review these guidelines prior to submitting a grant application.
** Community groups wanting to apply for a Matching Funds Grant or a Discretionary Grant must first make an appointment with a member of the Community & Development Team to discuss project eligibility and feasibility. Please phone 03 6352 6500 to make an appointment.

The following is a sample Grant Evaluation Form, which successful applicants have to complete within two months of spending their grant funds: Evaluation Form 2016-17. We recommend reviewing this document prior to submitting a Grant Application.

Grant Writing Tools

Fundamentals of Grant Writing
The following documents were kindly supplied by the Community Development Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and have been presented at Grant Writing Workshops in Bridport:
2014 Grants Workshop Presentation
Planning Your Project Flyer 
Grant Writing Words and Phrases

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Grants From Other Organisations

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) Community Grants

Community grants are one-off grants up to $10,000 to support organisations working to improve the lives of marginalised young Australians.  Marginalisation is broadly defined as:
-  Social/Economic Marginalisation
-  Marginalisation amongst Indigenous Youth
-  Physical Marginalisation – specifically due to living in regional and remote areas of Australia
-  Mental Health Issues / Youth Depression
Programmes addressing marginalisation should focus on achieving tangible outcomes in one or more of three core areas, namely education, l
eadership and wellbeing. Further information and the grant program application form are available at: These grants are ongoing.


Compare the Market

Compare the Market has recently kick-started a sponsorship and grants initiative to support a variety of organisations and community initiatives.  In the interests of ‘giving back’ to our customers and building our corporate profile, we are opening up the opportunity for sponsorship and grants to certain organisations. In doing so, we aim to go beyond helping Australians with just their finances by providing assistance in other important aspects of their lives as well, from sporting groups and charity causes to communities and more.

Who do we sponsor?
Be it a local children’s soccer team or a school charity drive, we are excited to offer sponsorships and funding to get further involved with the Dorset community and support Australians in need. We are looking to fund those who are: Helping build positive, caring communities across the country; Promoting healthy lifestyles for both the young and young at heart; Protect our native wildlife and precious ecosystems; and Improve financial literacy. More information can be found on the Compare the Market website.

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (ABF)

The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. The Foundation will fund projects from $500 to a limit of $5,000. Further information, including the Grant Application Form are available from the ABF website. Applications are reviewed 6-8 times yearly and are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Environmental Grants

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation supports biodiversity conservation projects Australia-wide. For information on the current round of Small Environmental Grants follow this link to the website: Norman Wettenhall Foundation Grants Small Environmental Grant Scheme 

Department of Veterans Affairs

For information on a variety of Department of Veteran's Affairs grants including BEST, Saluting Their Service and the Long Tan Bursary please click here.

Department of State Growth

The Tasmanian Department of State Growth offers a variety of grants and loans to help both business and individuals prosper. They may assist in the development, expansion or retention of business undertakings in Tasmania, or conduct research or experiments for the purpose of the establishment of a business undertaking in Tasmania. Visit the area of interest to you to find out if you are eligible:
Arts Tasmania programsArts Tasmania loansBusiness funding programsEvents Tasmania programsMarketing Assistance SchemeLoan programsFederal Government funding programsSkills Tasmania – subsidies for registered training organisations (RTO’s)Screen Tasmania programsSkills Tasmania – industry and community grant programs; or Tasmanian Jobs Programme.

Tourism Tasmania Corporate

There are a number of grant and funding programs available for tourism businesses from the federal and state governments. Grants are available to tourism operators looking to expand their business, for research and development and for innovation and exporting. The Tourism Tasmania Corporate website offers information on grants and funding to assist tourism developments.

Other Potential Grants or Assistance

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Australian Communities Foundation
Department of Social Services
Blackspot Program
Country Women’s Association of Australia’s Rural and Remote Area Primary Health Care Nursing Grant
Employment Assistance Fund
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal – Back to School Program
Global Fund for Women
Tasmanian Institute of Sport - NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES FUND
Mantana Foundation for Young People
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)
Screen Tasmania
Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation
Caterpiller Sponsorships
Sunsuper Dreams
Telstra's Disability Equipment Program
The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

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Rural Business Tasmania

Note: this is not a grant funding opportunity, but this service may be of interest to your organisation.
Rural Business Tasmania offers a suite of administration, financial and business management support services. If your not-for-profit organisation is struggling with management of its business you can contact Rural Business Tasmania to find how their services may be able to assist you. A fee for service is charged to recover costs. Services include: Administration Services (filing, letter writing, photocopying and other administration services as needed); Bookkeeping Services (invoicing and accounts receivable, bill paying and accounts payable, bank reconciliations including credit cards, monthly financial reports); and Business Coaching Services (assess and explain the organisations financial position, budgeting and cash flow preparation, business and/or marketing plan preparation).