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 focused on keeping people healthy and well.
A total of $350,000 is available over 3 years.
It is quick to apply online, and applications are reviewed each month. If successful, you will have 6 months to spend the money.
Applications are now closed for the 2022-2023 financial year. They will reopen on 1 July 2023.
Before you apply:
- read the Step Forward Frequently Asked Questions below
- preview the application form at healthytas.smartygrants.com.au
How to apply
Apply online at healthytas.smartygrants.com.au
Applications close when the funding pool of $100,000 each financial year is reached.
If you need help applying online, please contact us.
Questions? Contact us
Do you have a question not covered here? Email [email protected] or call us on 6166 1691 during business hours.
Frequently asked questions
This grant is for incorporated, not-for-profit organisations and local government. You must be undertaking the project in Tasmania. For-profit businesses and consultants, Schools, school associations, Universities and State or Commonwealth Government Departments cannot apply.
Community groups or individuals may also apply if they are sponsored by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation or local government. As an individual or community group, you must meet all other eligibility criteria to be sponsored.
If your application for a Step Forward grant is sponsored, you will need to provide a signed agreement to sponsor letter in your application.
The sponsoring organisation must be an incorporated, not-for-profit entity. 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 provide the name of one person who is authorised to sign a Funding Agreement.
This letter must be provided on the sponsoring organisation’s official letterhead.
View an example letter:
Chair, Healthy Tasmania Fund Step Forward Review Panel
Department of Health
Public Health Services
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 and is prepared to act as the sponsoring body for the [name of applicant organisation] should it 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 organisation]’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]
You must spend the money within 6 months of receiving the funds.
Yes. You can add a Step Forward Grant to another grant if this will support community health and wellbeing. For example, you may have funding for a health and wellbeing project, but you need some extra money to print resources. You could use the grant for this. Please call us if you’re not sure.
Only if you are applying for a grant for a different purpose. In this case, your organisation could get more than one Step Forward grant from the same round.
Yes. As long as you’re eligible, you can apply for multiple streams. The new Healthy Tasmania Fund is designed to respond to different needs.
No. The Step Forward Grants are simple and easy to apply for. You do not need to have partners involved to get a Step Forward Grant.
No. For-profit businesses and consultants cannot apply for a grant. This includes if they have a not-for-profit sponsor.
You could use the grant for education, training and skill development or printing of posters or brochures. You could also use the funds for equipment, eg Kitchen equipment for community cooking sessions, community garden equipment, sports equipment for the community, or fridge and BBQ to support more social connection.
Sporting clubs are eligible to apply.
However, it cannot be for:
- Something that is considered your club’s core business.
- An idea that would be better suited to the Department of State Growth's Sport and Recreation grants.
It can be for:
- Something that is within the scope of Healthy Tasmania and outside your club’s normal activities.
- A project that aims to reach population groups that would not be otherwise engaged.
The Step Forward Grants will only fund ideas that aim to improve community health and wellbeing. The grant cannot be used for things you have already paid for or have been funded by another source. We will not fund medical equipment, or equipment related to clinical treatment and services.
We will not fund projects that are not within scope of Healthy Tasmania. This includes first aid training. If you’re not sure whether your idea is in scope, give us a call and talk us through your idea.
We will not fund activities that are solely for promotion of a club/program. The funding must support increasing community health and wellbeing in a more direct way.
If your application would be more suited to another funding source (e.g., Sport and Recreation Equipment grants) or it is duplicating another project/program, it will not be funded.
We will aim to let you know the result of your application within a month.
We will work with you to provide the funds as soon as possible, after you send the Exchange of Letters back to us.
There will be a short report form that you will fill out via SmartyGrants once you finish your project. You need to have finished the 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, eg our Facebook page.
You must acknowledge the Healthy Tasmania Fund as the funding source in any public promotion of your grant. The Healthy Tasmania Fund Style Guide tells you how to do this. We will send successful applicants the Style Guide.
2022-2023 Successful applicants
|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 2022-2023 period so far is $149,348.