About the fund

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations. The fund arose from the sale of the Trust Bank. The sale proceeds were used to gain two particular benefits to the community:

  • retirement of a portion of State debt; and
  • establish a community fund to distribute an annual appropriation to the community through grants.

The legislation provided that the appropriation would be maintained in line with the consumer price index.

Tasmanian Community Fund Act 2005

In 2005, Parliament passed stand-alone legislation which governs the Fund's operations. The new legislation preserved the main principles enshrined in the original legislation, including:

  • the Board has full autonomy to set the Fund's direction and award grants; and
  • funds provided to the Board for distribution are guaranteed and not subject to Budget deliberation.

Under the legislation, Board members must act honestly and in the best interests of the Tasmanian community, and to avoid any conflicts of interests.


Our vision is vibrant communities that are capable and resilient in shaping their future. We invest in and strengthen Tasmanian communities by making grants to organisations to help achieve this vision.

For the Tasmanian Community Fund:

investing means

  • Achieving a return (to the Tasmanian community and to the region/local community)
  • having a balanced risk funding portfolio
  • providing funds, time and expertise.

strengthening means

  • building capacity
  • building resilience
  • building capability
  • leadership support.


We provide grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.



To connect with community and respond to identified needs


To be fair, reasonable and honest at all times and ensure transparency of process, probity and equity in decision making


To be receptive to new ideas and innovation and quickly and effectively respond to change


To take responsibility for our actions and decisions and report to the community in a timely and easily understood manner


To give and receive guidance from the community and lead by example


To work with others to achieve outcomes

Funding allocated

Since 2000, the Board has assessed around 9,100 applications for funding, requesting over $476 million.

The Board has awarded more than $106 million to more than 3000 projects. The amount of funds allocated, and the number and variety of project funded, makes the Fund a significant source of funding for Tasmanian community organisations.

We make grants to community organisations, investing in and strengthening Tasmanian communities by enhancing well-being and improving social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian Community.