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Community Infrastructure Fund

The Government has established a Community Infrastructure Fund to support community infrastructure initiatives throughout Tasmania. The infrastructure delivered by the fund will enhance the liveability and cohesion of communities around Tasmania.  

The Community Infrastructure Fund will be open to not for profit organisations (incorporated or registered under company law) local councils (including council-owned businesses) and private sector  businesses to assist with capital costs associated with the construction of new, or the upgrading of existing, infrastructure that will benefit the community.

A small component of the Community Infrastructure Fund will be available for planning/feasibility activities that demonstrate strong community benefit. Applications in respect of such studies will be assessed separately from other applications.

Community Infrastructure is infrastructure that is openly accessible to, and has strong benefits for, the general public. This infrastructure benefits the community and includes, but is not limited to:

  • community halls and other town or city facilities and amenities
  • waste transfer stations and disposal areas
  • community parks, lands and gardens
  • recreational and sporting facilities  
  • township beautification works and street furniture  
  • playgrounds
  • footpaths and cycle ways
  • walking trails and public pathways
  • interpretive signage
  • lookouts
  • airports, aerodromes, airfields  
  • public safety and security infrastructure
  • car parking areas (non-commercial)
  • public toilets and
  • tourism infrastructure development.

Note - Water supply and sewerage projects are not eligible to receive grants from this Fund.

Key features of the Community Infrastructure Fund

There are two divisions of grants:

  • Community Infrastructure Minor Grants which are for grant amounts between $10 000 and $50 000. Expression of Interest for Minor grants has now closed and no further application will be accepted.
  • Community Infrastructure Major Grants which are for grant amounts exceeding $50 000.

Project Eligibility

Projects will be eligible for consideration if they satisfy all of the following: 

  • the applicant can demonstrate that grant funding is required in order to bring forward a project that would otherwise be delayed or not proceed.  

Project Ineligibility

Projects will not be eligible for grant funding if they:  

  • have commenced prior to lodging an application to the EOI process  
  • cannot demonstrate access to or a clear plan to access the resources, permits and expertise necessary to successfully deliver the project  
  • seek grant funding for the organisation's operating costs or recurrent expenses (eg: staff, insurance, leases, bills, consumables etc)  
  • seek grant funding to stage events  
  • seek grant funding to deliver a program or service 
  • involve costs that are or could be covered by insurance claims

unless the application is in respect of a feasibility or planning study, in which case the only ineligibility condition is if the study has commenced prior to lodging an application to the EOI process.  

Application Guidelines

Community Infrastructure Fund Guidelines PDF, 310.29 KB

Application period

Expression of Interest applications for the Community Infrastructure Fund had now closed for Minor grants, with Major Grants closing on 31 March 2017. Details of any revisions to the scheme over this period will be published on this website.

Applications must be completed using the online Expression of Interest form.

Online Expression of Interest form for Major Grants (greater than $50,000)  

How to apply

Those wishing to apply are encouraged to first contact one of the Department of State Growth’s program managers through Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 (free call) or email ask@business.tas.gov.au