Community Grants Program

Tasman Council’s Community Grants Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to support community groups and individuals to develop projects, facilities and activities that contribute to the development and promotion of the community.

Assistance will be provided in the form of small grants of up to $2,000 for eligible organisations and projects or in-kind assistance.

In-kind assistance relates to support through provision of Council services at reduced or no cost. The provision of these services will be considered as a component of the assistance to be provided by Council.

Community grants for the 2023 – 2024 financial year open on 28 August 2023, and will remain open until 30th April 2024, or until all allocated funds have been used, whichever occurs first.  All community grants must be acquitted no later than 1 June 2024.  In-kind support can be applied for at any time during the year.

Please read the Tasman Council Community Grants Policy and Application Form below before making an application. For further information in relation to the Tasman Council Community Grants Program contact Tasman Council, on 6250 9200 or via email tasman@tasman.tas.gov.au

1.0 POLICY STATEMENT

1.1 Each financial year, the Tasman Council will provide financial and in-kind assistance to support community groups, organisations and individuals within the Tasman municipality.

1.2 The purpose of the Tasman Community Grant Program (Grant Program) is to assist community groups, organisations and individuals to address needs, build local skills, attract participation and improve local lifestyle within the Tasman municipality.

1.3 All funds and in-kind contributions allocated through the Grant Program will be reported on in the Council’s Annual Report pursuant to Section 77 of the Local Government Act 1993.

2.0     OBJECTIVE

2.1 The objective of this policy is to define the guidelines for the provision of funds through the Grant Program to ensure the equitable and accountable provision of funding to eligible organisations and individuals.

3.0     SCOPE

3.1 Through the Grant Program, Council is able to support local community initiatives and the development of appropriate programs, services, activities, events and facilities to meet community needs.

3.2 Applicants may request financial or in-kind assistance.

3.3 In-kind assistance may also be provided at the discretion of the General Manager of the Council on some occasions.

4.0      PROCEDURE

4.1 Council will determine each year, during its budget deliberations, the amount of funding (if any) which will be allocated to the Grant Program.

4.2 Where funding has been allocated to the Grant Program, the Council will advertise that the Grant Program is open for applications on the Council website, social media and in the Tasman Gazette as soon as practicable after the funding has been allocated.  Eligible organisations and individuals may then submit applications.

4.3 Applications will be received at any time from the announcement of the opening of the Grant Program until the 30th April in that Financial Year.

  • Assistance will be provided in the form of cash grants or in-kind assistance. Grants of between $150 and $2000 could be approved under the Grant Program.
  • All requests for Council assistance will be required to complete a Grant Application Form.   All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application.

Successful applicants will be provided with a Letter of Offer and will be required to complete an Acquittal Form providing proof that funds were appropriately spent.  Acquittal Forms must be completed and returned to the nominated Council Officer no later than 1 June in the financial year that funding was provided.

5.0      ELIGIBILITY

5.1 Eligible applicants include not for profit organisations (must be registered with ACNC), educational institutions, incorporated community associations and clubs.

5.2 For profit organisations, businesses, government agencies and politically aligned organisations are not eligible for funding.

5.3 Groups of individuals may make an application if sponsored by an eligible organisation.

5.4 Individuals who have been chosen to represent the area or State in athletic, cultural, or scholastic competitions or similar are eligible to apply for funding.

5.5 Applicants may seek funding for one (1) project per organisation per year.

5.6 Grants will not be given for money already spent or to directly fund a salaried or waged position.

5.7 Priority will be given to those projects that improve access to existing services, attempt to address an unmet community need, enhance opportunities for disadvantaged groups or individuals, promote and encourage self-help and resilience, community events or education and training purposes.

5.8 Projects must be located in or show clear benefit to the Tasman municipality.

5.9 Council will assign a lower priority to requests from individuals, organisations or clubs that have received assistance from Council within the past two (2) years.

Reviewed and adopted by resolution number 16/08.2023/C of Tasman Council dated 23 August 2023

Tasman Council – Community Grants Program 2023/2024
Information to Applicants and Application Form

Each year, as part of its commitment to supporting the community the Tasman Council provides small grants to eligible community groups and individuals to help in the development of projects, facilities and activities that are of benefit to the Tasman community.

The Grant Guidelines and Application Form for the Tasman Council Community Grants Program 2023 – 2024 (below) should be read in conjunction with the attached policy. Please ensure that you read the guidelines before submitting an application.

Guidelines Purpose:

The purpose of the Tasman Council Community Grants Program is to provide funding and/or in-kind assistance to support eligible organisations and individuals to develop projects, facilities and activities that contribute to the development and promotion of the community in the Tasman Municipality.

In-kind assistance relates to support through provisions of Council services at reduced or no cost. The provision of these services will be considered as a component of the assistance to be provided by Council.

Funding may be provided to assist in the construction or maintenance of community facilities, on the understanding that the Tasman Council will not be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of any improvements on non-Council owned property.

What would not be funded?

For profit organisations, businesses, government agencies and politically aligned organisations are not eligible for funding.

Grants will not be given for money already spent or to directly fund a salaried or waged position or ongoing operational costs.

Applications that benefit an individual, business or private residence and are not focused on community development or promotion will not be considered.

General Information

Grant applications open on 28 August 2023 and will be received at any time until the 30th April 2024.   Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Tasman Council has a maximum funding allocation of $25,000 in the 2023/2024 budget.  If the total funding amount is expended before the Grant Program closes on 30th April 2024, Council will advertise that no further applications can be accepted for this financial year.

Successful applications must be acquitted no later than 1 June 2024, failure to acquit a project may result in future funding applications being rejected.

Applications should not exceed the amount of $2,000 in cash or in-kind assistance.

Process:

Each application will be assessed by Council Officers against the Tasman Council Community Grant Program eligibility criteria and the relevant policy.

Council Officers may contact the applicant for clarification or additional information if required.

Following an Officer assessment the applicant will then be put to Council as an agenda item in the next available Council Meeting with a recommendation as to whether the application should be funded.

The applicant will be informed of the outcome in writing and if successful will be provided with a Letter of Offer and required to provide bank details for deposit of funds.

Upon successful completion of the project, or no later than 1 June 2024, the applicant is required to complete an acquittal form and return it to Tasman Council.

In submitting an application, the applicant accepts the terms described in these guidelines and the accompanying policy.

Please complete the attached application form, providing as much detail as possible about the proposed project, budget and your organisation.