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

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

If you have any questions regarding this process please call a member of our Community and Economic Development Team on 03 6352 6500 or email We are happy to assist with your application.

Grants From Other Organisations

Tasmanian Community Fund - Grant Round 34

Grant Round 34 of the Tasmanian Community Fund opened on 28 January 2017:
- Stage 1 applications for large programs based grants ($100 000 to $500 000) close at 5.00pm on 1 March 2017.
- Applications for small grants (up to $20 000) close at 5.00pm on 15 March 2017.
- Applications for medium grants (between $20 001 and $90 000) close at 5.00pm on 5 April 2017.
Guidelines are now available, visit: for more information.

Commonwealth Bank Community Grant Program

As part of our Community Grants program, we will be awarding $2 million in Grassroots Grants of up to $10,000 each year for three years to youth-focused community organisations across Australia. Further information is available on the Bank’s website at Applications close 31 March 2017.

Hydro Tasmania's Community Grant Program

Hydro Tasmania also offers a community grant program, with six $5,000 grants 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.  Further information is available on Hydro Tasmania’s Website. Applications close 31 March 2017.

Community Infrastructure Fund

The State Government has established a Community Infrastructure Fund to support community infrastructure initiatives throughout Tasmania. The infrastructure delivered by the fund will enhance the livability and cohesion of communities around Tasmania:
- Community Infrastructure Major Grants are for grant amounts exceeding $50,000. For projects with a cash cost of between $50,000 and $100,000, the amount of the grant will be no more than $50,000 and the applicant will need to provide the balance of funds required. Grant amounts greater than $50,000 require a minimum of $1 cash contribution from the applicant for each $1 provided from the fund. 
Expression of Interest applications for the Community Infrastructure Fund Major Grants are now open and close on 31 March 2017.

Holden Home Ground Advantage

As a way for Holden to give back to Australian communities, the Home Ground Advantage program provides local sporting clubs with the chance to invest in clubrooms, sporting grounds, equipment or general facilities so they can also continue to be a part of the Australian way of life. Any sporting club or community organisation which runs and supports sporting activities within Australia is eligible to apply. The Holden Home Ground Advantage is supporting local sporting clubs by committing $5 million for the next 10 years. Sporting clubs who need assistance can apply for funding from grant rounds of $250 000 that will be on offer twice a year. Further information, guidelines and tips for successful applications can be found online at, or you can email for assistance. Applications close 31 March 2017

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program is now open, offering grants of up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia, with priority given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. There are also some specifically dedicated funds for projects which seek to support young Tasmanians. You can find more information about the program and how to apply on the FRRR website, or if you have any further questions please call Mandy Grinbalt or Hannah Jakab on 1800 170 020. Closes 31 March 2017.

National / International Sport Championships Grant Program

The 2016-17 National / International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3 000 to eligible organisations to assist in meeting costs associated with hosting a national or international sport championship event within Tasmania. The National / International Sport Championships Grant Program will be open for applications from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2017, or when the funds have been expended. For further information see the National / International Sport Championships Grant Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476.

Community Heritage Grants Program

The Community Heritage Grants Program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material. For details on how to apply, visit the guidelines and application form. Applications close 8 May 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).