Healthy Tasmania Community Grants FAQs

Healthy Tasmania Community Grants FAQs

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Who is eligible?

The grants are open to all Tasmanian communities.

To be eligible for funding your organisation must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit legal entity, or be sponsored by an incorporated organisation or a not-for-profit legal entity. This includes local government
  • have an office or branch in Tasmania and be proposing to undertake the project in Tasmania.

Are only large organisations able to apply?

No. The DHHS encourages smaller community groups and organisations to apply.

If you are not an incorporated organisation we ask that partner with an incorporated organisation. Just ask your community partners and local government/council who has incorporated status and request that they be a sponsor. They can then sign a letter for the application form and receive and administer the funds on behalf of the project.

State Government departments cannot apply.

Can schools or universities apply?

No. Schools have funding allocated through the Healthy Schools Initiative under the Healthy Tasmania 5 year strategy and cannot apply directly. However schools and universities are encouraged to partner with community groups for grant applications. (See above)

Are local governments eligible to apply for grants?

Yes, local governments are eligible to apply for the grants.

Local governments are also welcome, and encouraged to be, sponsors for smaller organisations that may not be an incorporated, not-for-profit legal entity.

Do we have to be a Charitable Entity to apply?

Even though the first page of Application Form mentions Charitable Entities, you do not have to be a charitable entity to apply for the Community Innovations Grants.  Please use the "Other" Box if you are an incorporate not-for-profit-organisation.

We have other grant funding in place for our projects, can we apply for this funding too?

Yes, you can apply for the Community Innovations Grants if you want to leverage off your other funding or expand the scope of existing projects. Your grant application must meet the other eligibility criteria and the proposed project should be new, new to your community, or reach out to a new set of participants. Projects that replicate services or programs that already exist within a community won’t be funded – we are looking for innovation!

Can applicants make more than one application?

Yes, applicants can submit more than one application. However, we encourage quality over quantity. Putting in more than one application won’t increase your chance of being successful. Applications will be assessed on how well they address the criteria in the Grant Guidelines (available on the opening date July 24, 2017).

Will demonstration of in-kind support be looked upon favourably?

Yes. Collaborations with other organisations, government or local government, or other partners that help to achieve or enhance the outcomes of the project are encouraged.

What is a 'community'?

Within the broader Tasmanian community there are many diverse and unique communities. A community may be:

  • A group of people living in a particular local areas (place based); or
  • A group of people that share things in common such as cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, sexuality, age, risk factors, experiences or needs.


Does my project have to cover all issues?

(ie healthy eating + physical activity + smoking cessation + community connection?)

No. Your project can focus on healthy eating or physical activity or smoking cessation. If your project covers two (or all three) of these that’s fine too.

However, all projects should have a community connection focus.

Remember projects need to be in line with Australian Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines

Our seed idea is quite small, do we have to apply for the full $25,000?

No. Any amount up to $25,000 can be applied for. There is no harm in applying for a smaller amount.

Can partnerships apply for a larger amount of funding together?

All applications should have partnership as a key feature of the project. If similar projects are being considered for delivery State-wide or in several communities/regions, then an application should be submitted for each community, with data that supports the importance of the project specifically for that community. If you are planning a statewide or multi-community approach please state it in your application cover letter.

Can the Community Innovations Grant funds be used to pay wages to staff?

Funds should not be used for regular staff wages or consultants fees, unless they relate specifically to the delivery of the project, and fund project-specific resources that are not currently engaged by an organisation.

Sometimes a human resource is required to get a project up and running or set up systems that are self-sustaining after the project. If well-designed, sustainability of the administration of the project can be factored into the project plan, and potentially absorbed by a community partner into the future.

Can the Community Innovations Grant funds be used for a social enterprise project?

Yes, as long as the project meets the eligibility criteria.

How can we address sustainability?

We suggest that sustainability of the project beyond the term of the funding be discussed at all stages - from concept, planning, grant application and throughout the project. You may not have a complete or sure answer about how the project will be sustainable but the review panel will be looking to ensure that applicants and partners have given thought to the longer term outcomes of the project.

Innovation – how important is it?

Innovation is a key criteria. The review panel for the grants will be looking for evidence that the project will address community health challenges in new and different ways.

In our “Useful Resources” document we have included recent media coverage of interesting things happening in Tasmania. While we do not endorse these activities specifically, we think they’re not only innovative but relatively adaptable and achievable.

They’re listed here to inspire you. If you wish to implement a similar project or approach in your community, your application will be considered under this round of Community Innovations Grants funding but will not be given preference.


About the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants

The Tasmanian Government is investing $1 million in the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants.

Over the next three years we will provide seed-funding to support innovative, sustainable, grass-roots, community-driven programs that aim to improve health and reduce health inequities for Tasmanian communities.

The grants of up to $25 000 each will be available to support healthy eating, physical activity, quitting smoking, and encourage community connection and partnerships.

The grants open 24 July 2017 and close 15 September 2017.

Getting help preparing an application

Developing your Proposal

The Community Innovations Grants aim to support community groups to build partnerships that promote healthy lifestyles over the long term.

Before submitting a funding proposal it is recommended that applicants:

  1. Review The Healthy Tasmania 5 Year Strategic Plan, the Australian dietary and physical activity guidelines
  2. Identify the issues you want to address in your community
  3. Identify new activities that will support or fill gaps in current approaches
  4. Consider local government health plans and identify local health promoting activities (including school and community activities) to help you avoid duplication and identify opportunities for collaboration;  work with your local government as much as possible
  5. Identify community assets that could potentially be utilised. You could consider infrastructure managed by the local council, schools, sports and recreation groups, Parks and Wildlife walking tracks, tourism infrastructure and, community food gardens and kitchens
  6. Talk withintended participants to see what they want or need, identify other potential sources of funding, contact experienced community members and existing service providers: host a meeting to plan your submission.
  7. Create a budget that outlines anticipated costs, in-kind contributions from community partners and other potential sources of income
  8. Think about how the lessons and outcomes from the project can be recorded, shared with others and show how well community needs have been met.
  9. Create a clear picture in the minds of the review panel by explaining your project, creating context and showing how it will assist the health of participants and/or community members.

Is there going to be an online application form?

No, as the technology can sometimes be challenging . The forms will be available online on this site when the Grants open on July 24.  Application forms can be downloaded in Word and PDF format. Grants applications can be sent in via email or Australia Post.

When is funding distributed?

It is anticipated that Grant recipients will be notified in October 2017 and that funds will be made available in November 2017.

What if we run out of money during the project?

Funds will be allocated only once for the 2017 Community Innovations Grants. If your project runs out of funding, you’ll need to seek funding from other sources. The 2017 Grants are not dependent on being spent within the financial year, they can be spent over the full term of your project. Projects should be completed by October 31, 2018.

Who can I ask for help?

Local government often have a community development officer, health centres have health promotion officers or community health workers. Local neighbourhood houses, child and family centres etc. probably have someone who can help your group with project ideas and how to include community.

Once you have spoken to local community members, you can send questions by email to Put “Community Innovations Grants Questions” in the subject line.