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Department of State Growth

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your entry online.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

The Community Infrastructure Fund grant program is an initiative of the Tasmanian Government. The grant program is 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 (which must be incorporated or registered under company law) and local councils (including council-owned businesses) as well as private sector enterprises for projects to assist primarily with capital costs associated with the construction of new, or the upgrading of existing, infrastructure that will benefit the community.

There are two divisions of grants, Community Infrastructure Minor Grants which are for grant amounts between $10 000 and $50 000 where matching funding is not required and, Community Infrastructure Major Grants which are for grant amounts exceeding $50 000. For projects with a cash cost of between $50 000 and $100 000, the amount of the grant will be no more than $50 000 and the applicant will need to provide the balance of funds required. Grant amounts greater than $50 000 require a minimum of $1 cash contribution from the applicant for each $1 provided from the fund.

The fund will be used to support private sector and community projects as well as assisting local government to generate economic development opportunities in their municipalities.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • need for the project
  • the project  will enhance the liveability and cohesion of the relevant community
  • the value of the benefit to the local community or part of the local community is at least commensurate with the value of the grant
  • they have the financial, project delivery and management capacity to commit to and deliver the project, and to sustainably maintain the infrastructure into the future
  • that the project  is to commence and the grant will begin to be spent within 12 months of funding being awarded.

(Note that if the application is in respect of a feasibility or planning study, the “project” in this section refers to the eventual community infrastructure development which is the subject of the study, except in the final dot point where it refers to the study needing to commence within 12 months.) 

Eligible applicants must satisfy all of the following:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST) if annual turnover is greater than $150 000 per annum for a not for profit organisation or $75 000 for a private sector commercial enterprise.
  • be a:
  • council existing under the Local Government Act 1993 (or a council owned business), or
  • not‑for‑profit organisation which is either incorporated or registered under company law or
  • registered  company, partnership or sole trader in private sector ownership.
  • must demonstrate that they are financially sustainable
  • must not be under External Administration or have had applications for orders to appoint liquidators or provisional liquidators, or to be wound up or dissolved, or any other action relating to insolvency
  • must have the capacity to fund the balance of project expenditure.

ASSESSMENT

Applications will be competitively assessed against the assessment criteria contained within these guidelines.

Applicants should note that in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a proposed project or application, the department may seek additional information from:

  • Australian government agencies
  • state or territory government agencies
  • local government authorities
  • any other appropriate agencies or persons that the department considers necessary or helpful to assess an application.

Failure to complete all relevant sections of the application form will result in the application not being able to be fully assessed or approved due to insufficient information.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Welcome to the Department of State Growth - Employer of Choice Awards online entry, powered by SmartyGrants.

This portal is accessed in the same way you might access an email account, i.e. by setting up a basic account using your email address and a password of your choice. 

You may begin anywhere in this entry form. Please ensure that you save as you go. It is possible for more than one person to use the login and password to work on your entry. It is important that only one user works on the entry at a time in order to avoid losing work.

Entrants need to complete all sections to ensure a valid entry is submitted.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 1800 440 026 during business hours or email ask@business.tas.gov.au 

SAVING YOUR DRAFT ENTRY

If you wish to leave a partially completed entry, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find the entry you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft entry and start where you left off.

ATTACHMENTS AND SUPPORT DOCUMENTS

You may upload/submit attachments to support your entry. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.

You need to allow enough time for a file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 5MB each.

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY

You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your entry before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your entry you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your entry until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your entry, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your entry, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted entry attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your entry has NOT been submitted.

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