Step Forward grants
Healthy Tasmania Fund
About Step Forward grants
Step Forward grants are up to $5,000 for a wide range of activities and equipment that support health and wellbeing. They could be for training, posters, brochures or equipment needed for services and programs. The focus is on activities that keep people healthy and well, by preventing rather than treating illness.
Applications are now closed.
There will be another round of Step Forward in the 2024-25 financial year.
Before you apply
- Read the Step Forward Guidelines below.
- Preview the application form at healthytas.smartygrants.com.au
To be eligible for a Step Forward grant, your organisation must be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or a Council. You must also be undertaking the project in Tasmania.
For-profit businesses and consultants, schools, school associations, universities and State or Commonwealth Government Departments cannot apply (even if they are sponsored by an eligible organisation).
Organisations that have received other Healthy Tasmania Fund grants (including a Step Forward grant in the previous financial year), are eligible to apply.
Organisations can receive one Step Forward grant per financial year. If your application is unsuccessful, you can amend and re-submit your application, or submit another application, within the same financial year.
Community groups and community members may also apply if their application is sponsored by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or Council. As an individual or community group, you must meet all other eligibility criteria to be sponsored.
If your application is successful, the sponsoring organisation receives the grant funds and accepts responsibility for the grant, including transferring grant funds to the applicant, on behalf of the applicant organisation.
The sponsoring organisation must provide a signed letter agreeing to the sponsorship and give the name of one person who is authorised to sign a funding agreement.
Healthy Tasmania Fund Step Forward Review Panel
Public Health Services, Department of Health
GPO Box 125
Hobart TAS 7001
RE: Sponsorship of [name of applicant organisation]’s application for a Healthy Tasmania Fund Step Forward grant.
Our organisation is [an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or a Council] and is prepared to act as the sponsoring body for [name of applicant] should they be successful in obtaining funding for a Healthy Tasmania Fund Step Forward grant, to undertake [name of project].
We are aware that if [name of applicant]’s application is successful, the grant will be paid to our organisation and we accept the legal and financial obligations involved in accepting the grant.
[Position in organisation]
A review panel will assess applications based on the assessment criteria.
The assessment criteria are as follows:
- The project is within scope of Healthy Tasmania. This means the focus is on keeping people healthy and well, by preventing rather than treating illness.
- There is a clear link between the project activities and improved community health and wellbeing.
- The project shows good value for money.
- There is a demonstrated community need.
- The proposed activities are targeted to address the identified need.
- The project is not duplicating others in the same area.
- The organisation is well-placed to deliver the project.
What do we mean when we say, ‘in scope of Healthy Tasmania’?
We mean that the project is in scope of the Healthy Tasmania Five-Year Strategic Plan 2022-2026.
This means the focus is on activities that keep people healthy and well, by preventing rather than treating illness. A simple way to make sure your project is within scope of Healthy Tasmania is to address one or more of the focus areas. These are priority populations, health literacy, mental health and wellbeing, active living, eating well, smoke-free communities, reducing alcohol harm, and climate change and health.
We may fund:
- Training, education and skill development.
- Printing and development of resources.
- Equipment eg kitchen equipment for community cooking sessions, community garden equipment, or a fridge, BBQ or furniture to support community connection.
- Health and wellbeing events.
- Small health and wellbeing projects.
- Sporting club activities that are outside the club’s normal operations. For example, activities targeting a population group that has low engagement with your sport/activity.
These activities must have a strong link to community health and wellbeing. This is not an exhaustive list.
We will not fund:
- Clinical treatment or services. This includes defibrillators, first aid training (mental health first aid training is an exception), and any activities that involve treatment.
- Sporting club activities/equipment that are within normal operations.
- Applications that are better suited to other funding sources (eg, Sport and Recreation Equipment grants) or that are duplicating another project/program in the same area.
- Safety (this includes occupational and workplace health and safety).
- Activities that are solely for promotion of a club/program. The funding must support increasing community health and wellbeing in a more direct way.
- The grant cannot be used for things you have already paid for or have already been funded by another source.
We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 6 weeks.
If your application is unsuccessful, we will give feedback on your application and you will be able to re-submit if appropriate. You can request an appeal of the decision by emailing [email protected].
If your application is successful, we will send you an Exchange of Letters. You will need to sign and return this to us, along with an invoice for the grant funds (and creditor form if applicable). We will pay the funds once we receive these documents.
You must acknowledge the Healthy Tasmania Fund as the funding source in any public promotion of your grant project. The Healthy Tasmania Fund Style Guide tells you how to do this. We will send successful applicants the Style Guide.
When you finish your project, you will need to complete a short report. We will send the report form to you via SmartyGrants. You need to send us your report 6 months after we get your signed Exchange of Letters.
We ask that as part of your grant, you send us some photos in your report. You must have consent from those that appear in the photos. This is because we may share the photos as part of our Healthy Tasmania communications, e.g. our Facebook page. We will send a photo consent form to successful applicants.
How to apply
Apply online at healthytas.smartygrants.com.au
Applications close when the funding pool has been allocated.
If you need help applying online, please contact us.
|Organisation||Project Title||Funding allocated|
|Dignity Supported Community Gardening Inc.||DIGnity Supported Community Gardening Sessions||$4,860|
|Drug Education Network INC||Educational video resources||$5,000|
|Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House Inc||Tasman (Nubeena) Neighbourhood House Community Fridge||$5,000|
|North and North West Tasmania Sexual Assault Support Services Inc||Empowering young people for respectful relationships||$5,000|
|Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre||Community Centre Essentials||$5,000|
|South Hobart Football Club Inc.||Mental Health Certification for Coaches||$5,000|
|Cygnet Community Children's Centre Inc||Schoolhouse Vegetable Garden and Mini-Greenhouse||$4773|
|Delta Therapy Dogs Limited||Printing - Delta Dog Safe Resources||$5,000|
|DRILL Performance Company Inc||Dance Nexus Glenorchy||$5,000|
|Hobart Gymnastics Academy Incorporated||Launching the Fitter for Life Program||$5,000|
|JCP Youth Ltd||Street Ball||$5,000|
|Pathways Tasmania Limited||Health and Nutrition Training and Leadership Volunteering Loaves and Fishes||$5,000|
|Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre INC||Community Garden Supplies||$5,000|
|Tasmanian Gymnastics Association Inc||Healthy Active Kids||$5,000|
|Tasmanian University Union||Food Resilience Program for University of Tasmania students||$5,000|
|Ulverstone Pickleball Club||Starting a Pickleball Social Club||$3,000|
|Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania||Improved facilities to expand social support in the Ukrainian community||$1,923|
|Community Garden Wynyard Inc.||Green house fit out||$3,000|
|Deaf Children Australia||Deaf Children Australia Family Camp Tasmania||$5,000|
|Derwent Valley Council||Wellbeing in the Valley||$5,000|
|Devonport Childcare Centres||Community Garden re-vamp||$5,000|
|Geeveston Community Centre Inc||Geeveston Community Health - Rural Strength & Community Garden||$5,000|
|Glenhaven Family Care Inc||Creating meals for home||$5,000|
|Great Lake Community Centre Inc||Healthier lifestyle for a longer life||$5,000|
|Hobart City Council||Vaping education supplies||$2,000|
|Huonville Lions Football Club Inc||Mental Health Awareness for our coaches and volunteers||$5,000|
|Kingston Neighbourhood House||How to grow and eat your Garden||$4,600|
|Multicultural Council of Tasmania||Journey of Resilience: A video documentary of Migrants' Mental Health||$5,000|
|New Story Company Inc.||7030 Women's Theatre Group||$5,000|
|ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc||Kids Ability Program (KAP)||$4,100|
|Rosebery Community House Inc||Community garden work||$4,500|
|Rotary Club of Bellerive Inc||Mental health first aid for the community||$3,125|
|Taroona Neighbourhood Garden Inc||Building more garden beds||$3,780|
|Tasmanian Association of People with Disabilities and Their Advocates Incorporated||Renewal and upgrading of sporting infrastructure to promote physical activity||$4,000|
|The David Stephen Neighbourhood Garden Inc||The David Stephen Neighbourhood Garden outdoor cooking equipment||$2,600|
|Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre||Centre and garden necessities||$700|
|Warrawee Inc||Nurturing Healthy Lifestyles||$5,000|
The total amount of funding allocated for 2023 to 2024 was $161,961.
|Organisation||Project Title||Funding allocated|
|Surfing Tasmania||Women in Waves||$5,000|
|Live Well Tasmania||Live Well Community Farm: healthy food and green exercise||$4,990|
|Live Well Tasmania||Towards long term health and wellbeing in Wynyard||$4,850|
|Country Womens Association in Tasmania||Silence is Golden||$4,500|
|RANT Arts||Mersey Dance Collective: Community Movement and Dance workshops||$5,000|
|Australian Red Cross||Connected Women Tasmania recipe book||$5,000|
|West Coast MTB Club Tasmania||Mountain Bike Trail Confidence||$3,640|
|A Fairer World||Reading human 'books' on the lawns||$5,000|
|Council on the Ageing (TAS)||Eat for Life Peer Education||$4,500|
|Parkrun Australia||A parkrun for St Helens||$5,000|
|Deloraine House||Spuds for Sustainability||$5,000|
|Brighton Council||Brighton Youth Action Group||$5,000|
|Okines Community House||Fridge and shelving for Community Food Project||$3,500|
|Kingston Neighbourhood House||Community food garden networking and share group - How to cook and eat your garden||
|Richmond Fellowship||Summer Dirt Club||$4,920|
|Launceston City FC||Providing access to Mental Health First Aid Training||$4,875|
|DIGnity||DIGnity Supported Community Gardening Sessions||$4,860|
|Hobart Out Tennis||Hobart Out Tennis Social Play||$5,000|
|Great Lake Community Centre||Great Lake Cooking Program||$5,000|
|West Coast Paddle Club Inc.||West Coast Paddle Club Startup Skills and Capacity Building||$4,990|
|Dorset Community Association Incorporated||Community Produce Fridge||$5,000|
|Squid Theatre Incorporated||Saturday Radio Theatre 2023||$2,777|
|Arthritis Foundation of Tasmania Inc.||Introducing TOM (Tool for Outcome Measurement)||$5,000|
|Edmund Rice Community Services||Edmund Rice Camps Tasmania||$5,000|
|Jireh House Association Inc.||Training Room chairs||$2,500|
|Burnie Health Information and Wellbeing Hub Inc.||Inventory of social connection opportunities in Burnie area||$4,000|
|Jordan River Service Inc.||Independently Healthy||$5,000|
|Jordan River Service Inc.||Beautify Our Community House and Garden||$5,000|
|Devonport City Council||Ageing Stronger Active Longer Seniors Program||$861|
|Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation||Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation Community Health and Wellbeing plan||$5,000|
|Kingborough Bowls and Community Club||Prolonging seniors participation in lawn bowls||$4,200|
|Friends of Garden Island Creek Inc.||Community wellness, cohesion and local food production||$5,000|
|Dorset Council||Scottsdale Aquatic Centre Aqua Fitness Equipment||$5,000|
The total funding allocated to successful applicants in the 2022-23 period was $149,348.