Emerging Community Leaders


The Tasmanian Community Fund is excited to announce the Emerging Community Leaders program.

The Tasmanian Community Fund recognises the value of developing leadership skills across the community and is particularly keen to see emerging leaders supported to develop skills that will empower and enable them to help their community prosper.  The Fund has provided a grant to SRA Corporate Change to implement the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the Fund.  The aim of Emerging Community Leaders is to deliver an effective leadership program that benefits participants, their employers or businesses, and the Tasmanian community at large. 

Emerging Community Leaders will bring together the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector, and equip them with the capability to positively contribute as a leader in this sector.   The program will focus on leading self, leading others, leading community and leading for lasting impact.  Emerging Community Leaders will support up to 24 participants a year with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication, and project management. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning and being able to apply skills immediately in the form of projects benefiting participants’ workplaces and the community.

The way in which this program will be delivered aims to develop participants in an engaging, innovative and future focused way. The content, presenters, workshops and activities included in the delivery of this program will be practical, creative, unique and deeply engaging.  Participants will be encouraged to understand that everyone’s journey through the program will be different, and leadership is innately personal.  Emerging Community Leaders will be delivered primarily through a combination of face-to-face sessions, and the supported delivery of a community based project to provide the opportunity to apply and extend learnings.

The program is open to all Tasmanians and we are particularly keen to see diversity across the participant group.  There is no maximum age requirement for the program but participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Participant commitments and pre-requisites

Participants must

  • already have involvement in their local community – through their individual activities or their involvement with not-for-profits
  • have a strong understanding of their community and the issues it faces
  • be committed to supporting community outcomes in their community or in other areas across Tasmania
  • be committed to developing their leadership skills
  • be committed to participating fully in the program and to attending all four residentials
  • be committed to delivering a community project and to providing details of this project at a project presentation
  • be willing to make a $250 contribution to enable their participation in the project and have the financial capability to participate in each of the residentials (participants will be responsible for covering all transport costs* to and from each of the residentials and for covering the cost of any accommodation at the second, third and fourth residentials).

Time Commitments

The Emerging Community Leaders program will provide four residential (9 days in total) of training and development to 24 participants.  In addition participants will be required to provide a presentation on their project at an event in December. Following is an indicative timetable, which may be subject to change:




2, 3 and 4 February 2017


Leading Self

17 and 18 March 2017


Leading Others

12 and 13 May 2017

North West

Leading Community

28 and 29 July 2017


Leading for Lasting Impact

December 2017 – 1 day


Project presentation and graduation ceremony

Days are likely to be long with potential start times of 8.00am and possible finishing times of 8.30pm.  All meals will be provided.

Participants can stay at their own homes when residentials are occurring within their vicinity but must fully participate in the sessions and meals.

Application Timeline and Process

Applications for the 2017 program open on 20 October 2016 and close on 30 November 2016.

Applications can be submitted through the Tasmanian Community Fund’s grant portal SmartyGrants at https://tascomfund.smartygrants.com.au/2017EmergingCommunityLeaders

For more information or a copy of the participant information and application form please phone 6232 7269 or email admin@tascomfund.org

*Assistance with transport may be available for residents of Flinders, King and any other of Tasmania’s offshore islands.