Community Grants Program
TasNetworks plays an important role in the Tasmanian community, and we’re committed to making a positive difference in the areas in which we operate. As a large business that delivers power to all Tasmanian homes and businesses, we recognise our impact on people and the planet and are working to address social and environmental issues in the way we operate.
Our purpose is to be 'Powering a Bright Future' for Tasmania. We believe that partnering with not-for-profit organisations dedicated to our key focus areas can lead directly to a more resilient community.
Through the 2023 TasNetworks Community Grants Program, we are empowering communities to take proactive measures against the challenges posed by rising cost-of-living pressures or to enhance community resilience. We are collectively building a stronger and more prepared Tasmania for the future.
The TasNetworks Community Grants Program has closed for 2023. Read more about our successful grant applicants below.
Successful Applicants 2023
The Salvation Army
The Salvos Sunday Dinner
A homelessness support service in Hobart, providing the opportunity for around 50 homeless people per week to cook and share a meal together around the dinner table.
We’re funding this program for the year, providing 50 weeks of dinner service.
Riverside Lions Club
RESiPacks (RESilience) (RESpect)
Providing backpacks full of essentials to support homeless individuals across Launceston.
We’re providing funding to support the creation of these backpacks.
Gagebrook Community House
Learn, Laugh, Cook
A cooking program designed to teach participants about budget-friendly meals, whilst enhancing culinary skills, incorporating learning around reading, writing, numeracy, and technology in one of Tasmania’s most disadvantaged areas.
We’re funding this program for its first year of lessons to the community.
Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House
Mental Health First Aider Peer Support & Training
Providing mental health first aid training and a peer support program on the Tasman Peninsula.
We’re funding the course fees to provide this training to community members.
Tamar Sea Rescue Services
Update of Digital Radio Equipment
An upgrade of their ageing radio equipment, replacing it with new digital models and supplementing this with additional handheld radios and accessories, this project will improve the safety of volunteers, and recreational boaters alike, increasing the range and clarity of radio transmissions.
We’re funding the purchase and installation of this vital equipment.
Sunlight Kitchen and Garden
The Fresh Produce Project
An initiative of Friends of Refugee Communities Tasmania to assist Afghani refugees growing produce for sale to the public, providing income to older women, promoting healthy eating choices and reducing social isolation, community building, and business skills, and fosters relationships between the Afghan community and the broader community.
We’re funding the creation of their kitchen garden.
Huon Valley PCYC
Operation Happy Birthday
This project will support children from low-income or vulnerable families who may not have the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays with their peers. It addresses various barriers that prevent these children from having birthday parties. The project offers fully catered parties in a fun indoor playground, promoting inclusion and social support.
We’re providing the funding to provide these parties free of charge for vulnerable children.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
TasNetworks Kitchen Garden School Partnership
Establishing a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Claremont College, a school facing significant socio-economic challenges.
We’re providing funding to support the establishment of the garden and the first two years of program delivery fees.
Hobart City Mission
This program supports young mothers aged 15-25 and their babies facing homelessness with 24/7 support, stable housing for up to two years, parenting education, budgeting, cooking, and more.
We’re providing funding to help facilitate the program.
Rural Health Tasmania
Resilient Youth, Resilient Communities
Through the SevenUp Youth Centres in Smithton and Wynyard, this project aims to codesign a range of youth-led programs across the region, working with disengaged youth to positively impact their community.
We’re providing funding towards the program costs for twelve months.
Kentish Community Men's Shed
Provision of tools to enable community projects
This Men’s Shed has struggled to secure funding to replace tools at the end of their useful life. This funding will allow them to continue to operate in the small regional area that they serve.
We’re providing funding to replace a range of key tools and pieces of equipment.
Burnie Community House
Fakeaway: Create Homemade Takeaway @ the House
Offering fortnightly cooking workshops where participants can learn, cook, and enjoy the meals, ask questions, and take-home meal packs for four, helping maximise food budgets and provides a way to enjoy affordable and healthier takeaway options.
We’re funding one year of this program’s fortnightly workshops.
City of Burnie Lions Club
The City of Burnie Lions Club will run sessions for community members to learn how to alter cheap or second-hand clothing to reduce cost of living pressures.
We are providing funding to purchase a sewing machine, overlocker, and basic supplies to get this project off the ground.
Whitemore Tennis Club
Safety and Access Upgrade of Whitemore Tennis Club
This application brings together multiple funding sources to complete a major safety and compliance overhaul of the accessway, decking area, seating, and a much needed resurfacing of their courts.
We are funding a range of safer pathways, as well as handrails for their decking area.
Funding focus areas 2023
Funding of up to $10,000 was available for successful applicants where their project aimed to address one of our two key focus areas for 2023.
Projects promoting greater inclusion, building community resilience, or advocating for people facing vulnerable circumstances.
Cost of living pressures
Projects tackling the rising cost of living pressures for members of your local community, or across Tasmania.
Grants awarded in 2021
Sustainable Living Tasmania
With the help of student leaders from New Town Primary and Ogilvie High Schools, Sustainable Living Tasmania used their grant of $10,000 to implement WasteWatcher Wormfarm Systems at early learning centres in greater Hobart, enabling them to process their organic waste and divert it from landfill.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Tasmania were taking steps to eliminate plastic waste. With their grant they implemented an EcoSafe Policy and purchased re-useable sunscreen containers for their lifeguards and volunteers.
Friends of Bonorong
Friends of Bonorong improved raptor rehabilitation outcomes in the north of the state by constructing round ‘doughnut’ aviaries, enabling Tasmanian raptors in their care, such as Wedge-tailed Eagles, to test fly at high speeds before release.
Eat Well Tasmania
Eat Well Tasmania were developing a digital campaign called ‘Love Your Leftovers’, aimed at promoting responsible food waste practices in the home and encouraging people to get creative with their leftovers.
Derwent Catchment Project
The Derwent Catchment Project has a healthy Miena Cider Gum conservation program at Miena in the Central Highlands. Over-browsing by possums was being experienced at the site due to wombats digging under the existing fence. With the help of a grant, wombat gates were to be installed, allowing passage of wombats whilst excluding access to other wildlife.
In support of their Source to Sea Project – an education framework which aims to engage and educate local school students and the broader community about the importance of the kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary Catchment, the traditional owners and land management techniques, pollution sources and impacts and native flora, fauna, and marine and birdlife habitats.
Grants awarded in 2020
Dress for Success
Dress for Success were planning a new career centre for women in southern Tasmania.
Gran’s Van used their grant funding to upgrade their Devonport food and support vehicle for people in need.
Blueline Laundry implemented a new online learning system, boosting employment pathways for people with disabilities and diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds.
Live Well Tasmania
Live Well Tasmania installed a wheelchair ramp at the Wynyard Community Hub.
Palliative Care Tasmania
Palliative Care Tasmania created an online referral service for GP’s, supporting patients with a life-limiting illness, or a chronic medical condition.
CORES (Community Response to Eliminating Suicide)
CORES undertook suicide intervention training for high school students in rural north-west Tasmanian communities.
Dorset Community Association
Dorset Community Association expanded their Out and About program to remote areas, providing no interest loans, food supplies and service provider referrals.
Agency Arts Health
Agency Arts Health put on a series of workshops and excursions with Aboriginal community members to develop a series of digital stories about connection to land and culture.