Tasmanian Community Fund Response to Covid 19 - Grant Round 40

The Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has been regularly reviewing advice regarding Covid 19 and the impact of that advice on the TCF and applicant/recipient organisations.

Round 40 of the TCF opened on 25 January, more than seven weeks ago.  The TCF has already received a number of applications in Round 40.

In fairness to those applicants who have already submitted their application and to those who are working hard to meet the deadline the TCF, will be continuing with the existing timeframe for Round 40 applications.

Small applications have closed

Medium applications will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 8 April 2020.

Devonport Community Forum

In response to the increasing precautions and community concerns about Coronavirus, the TCF Board has made the decision to postpone the community forum scheduled for 1 April 2020 in Devonport.

New details will be provided as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Future Changes

In a rapidly changing environment the TCF recognises the need to make calm, considered and informed decisions in the best interests of the community. We are conscious that we will need to revisit decisions as more information and guidelines become available and will keep you up to date with any changes.

The Tasmanian community sector and its people are strong. Let’s look after each other as we navigate our way forward.

Tasmanian Community Fund Office

At this stage the TCF Office remains open however it is preferable that initial contact is made by phone (6165 8333) or email ( to determine if the matter can be dealt with over the phone or through online means.

Emerging Leaders bringing fresh ideas for their communities

The fourth Emerging Community Leaders program kicked off north of Launceston this week on the banks of the Tamar River.

The program has been developed by the Tasmanian Community Fund to improve leadership skills in the community sector, particularly in rural and regional areas.

Tasmanian Community Fund chair, Sally Darke said that the length and breadth of the state is being represented with participants from Sister’s Hills, Fern Tree, St Helen’s and Nubeena to name but a few.

“The reputation of the program is growing in the community sector and we have participants from sporting clubs, neighbourhood houses and arts groups as well as social services and volunteer groups,” Ms Darke said.

“This year’s program brings together 24 of the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector and equips them to positively contribute as a leader in this sector, with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication, and project management.”

Launceston based participant, Lynnette Kerrison from Cornerstone Youth Services’ Headspace chose to participate after seeing a colleague take part in last year’s program.

“A work colleague did it last year and I saw her grow and change as a consequence of being part of the program, as someone who likes to improve and gain news skills, I was very keen to take part,” Ms Kerrison said.

The finance and business manager has worked in the community sector in Launceston for over 24 years and is looking forward to learn from other participants from different sectors around the state and apply it to her role.

Having 68 graduates over the past three years, the Tasmanian Community Fund is seeing the Emerging Community Leaders program bear fruit in local communities across the state.

“Each participant in our Emerging Community Leaders program has vision, energy and commitment to their sector and they have learnt much more about themselves and how to better shape their future as leaders in Tasmania.

“The Emerging Community Leaders program sees participants join forces in small groups to deliver projects that meet a particular need in the state.

“They go back to their communities with new skills, ideas and enthusiasm, and that translates to real projects that make a difference,” Ms Darke said.

Ms Darke said that the diverse group of participants in this years program showed that leadership comes in many guises, with participants coming from around the state and bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Their skills were put to great use as the participants collaborated to devise projects that will make a difference in Tasmania” Ms Darke said.

Professionals from SRA Corporate Change deliver the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the TCF across the state, which is structured around four residentials (ten days in total).

“Participants in the Emerging Community Leaders program already make a difference for the long-term benefit of their local communities and I look forward to see what this year’s group deliver with the new skills they learn,” Ms Darke said.

The Emerging Community Leaders program was developed after the board and staff of the TCF regularly received feedback from the community that there are concerns about where the next generation of leaders is coming from.

Increasing Workforce Engagement and Community Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for program based applications focused on Increasing Workforce Engagement and Community Wellbeing in Grant Round 40 which opened on 25 January 2020.

The TCF have allocated $1.5 million for Increasing Workforce Engagement and $1.5 million for Community Wellbeing in this round.  This will be the third year of a five year commitment to Increasing Workforce Engagement and the first year of a four year commitment to Community Wellbeing (following on from a targeted round focused on Community Wellbeing in 2018).

Successful applications will include sustainable delivery and outcomes, demonstrate cooperation and collaboration, demonstrate community need and that the delivery model chosen will meet that need and will include a minimum of 10% cash contribution, from the applicant or another organisation, of the amount being sought from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Applicants may seek up to $500 000 over a maximum of 5 years from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

More information will be provided closer to the grant round. If you have a project idea, it is never to early to start your project planning, please call Lola at the Tasmanian Community Fund office on 6165 8340.