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 Community Grants Program

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 Grants (up to $1,000*): CLOSED WHILE CURRENT APPLICATIONS ARE CONSIDERED. 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 Grants (up to $15,000*, and with matching contribution): ALL FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR THE 2016/17 FINANCIAL YEAR - NO NEW APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 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 Grants (up to $15,000): ALL FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR THE 2016/17 FINANCIAL YEAR - NO NEW APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 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 for the Small Grants and Matching Funds Grants 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 & Economic 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

Huon Helping Hand

Applications for grants of up to $3,000 are being accepted by Huon Aquaculture for projects, events or initiatives that support sustainable community development as part of their Helping Hands Community Grant Program. For guidelines and application form visit: or contact or 03 6295 8111. Applications close 17 May 2017.

Impact100 Tasmania - Grant Opportunity

Impact100 is a new Tasmanian based philanthropy organisation that is offering one annual $100,000 grant that will enable the successful grant recipient to create a significant and measurable impact to the lives of Tasmanians. Impact100 Tasmania comprises of 100 Tasmanians who each donate $1,000 each. Applications are invited in the following areas: arts and culture; education; environment; health and wellness; and family and community. Further details on who they  are and what they aim to achieve is in on their website More information on the eligibility criteria and what is required is in the Grant Overview Snapshot document: Applications close 22 May 2017.

NIB Foundation

NIB foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are accepted from eligible organisations across Australia. Funding of $5,000 to $50,000 will be provided to 10-15 organisations each year to undertake projects that run for approximately 12 months. Further information can be found at: Applications close 31 May 2017.

Australian Ethical Community Grants

Australian Ethical distribute 10% of their yearly after-tax profits to charitable organisations and social impact initiatives, through the Australian Ethical Foundation. Their community grants program provides financial support of $10,000 or $20,000 to not-for-profit organisations that contribute to humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare efforts in Australia and abroad. Applications can be made online here. Please ensure you read the Terms of Funding and Privacy Collection Notice before you begin. We recommend you prepare your responses in advance – based on the Application Guidelines – because your responses aren’t saved as you work through the questions. If you prepare, you should be able to complete the application in about 15 minutes. Applications close 31 May 2017.

Westpac Foundation's Community Grants

Two hundred Westpac Foundation Community Grants, worth $10,000 each, will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big (or small) ideas that are providing educational opportunities, employment pathways or improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities. In addition to the financial support the grant provides, Westpac is also committed to providing a range of non-financial support services to help maximise the social impact and sustainability of our grant recipients. Based on the needs of individual grant recipients, we will also be seeking to make connections between their organisation and local Westpac Ambassadors who will help open doors to a range of skilled volunteering, mentoring and networking opportunities across the Westpac Group. More information about the Community Grants program, including information on the eligibility criteria and previous grant recipients, is available at: Please contact Brett Gale at or by phone on (02) 8253 4159 if you have any questions or require further information. Applications open 1 May and close 9 June 2017.

Tasmanian Government Disaster Assistance – closes various

The Tasmanian Government is providing a range of financial assistance to communities affected by the flood situation in Tasmania that occurred in June 2016. Assistance packages include:
Personal hardship and distress assistance
Transport subsidy for flood-affected primary producers
Flood Recovery Loan Scheme – small business and primary producers
Emergency assistance for farmers
Assistance for sport and recreation clubs and for not-for-profit organisations
Details of all the assistance packages are available from the Tasmanian Government TasALERT website. For further information phone 1800 567 567.

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.

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).