Resilient Hobart - Communities

Resilient Hobart - Communities

In times of crisis, people, communities and supporting organisations need to work together to help each other adapt and emerge stronger than before.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought people together in creative and inspiring ways. This page is for individuals, groups and organisations looking to help build resilience in their neighbourhoods and communities.

This section will be updated with resources and tips that can help you and your communities:

  • get through uncertain times
  • adapt to change
  • keep going even under stress
  • become stronger in the long run
  • learn from past experiences

Resilient Hobart Grants - Recipients Announced

The City of Hobart provided funding to support the delivery of community and creative projects and programs that support the community to respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  These grants were assessed in May 2020 for delivery of projects between June and December 2020.  For more information on the successful recipients visit our Grants Recipients page.

Resilient Hobart Grants 

Resilient Hobart Grants offered funding  of $1,000 to $5,000 to support community and creative projects that address the changing needs of the community resulting from the COVID-19 environment or for when COVID19 restrictions are eased. For more information on grants and funding offered through The City of Hobart, please visit our Grants and Funding page.

The successful recipients were:

Community Project Grant recipients

  • Dr Jade Qi Li
  • Australian Association for Environmental Education Incorporated
  • Young Change Agents
  • Kickstart Arts
  • The Scout Association of Australia, Tasmanian Branch, Derwent Sea Scouts
  • Inscape Tasmania Inc.
  • Hobart Playback Theatre Inc
  • Tasmania Shanghainese Association
  • Hobart Jazz Club Inc
  • Salvation Army Housing Common Ground
  • Tasmanian Way
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Parkside Foundation
  • Hindu Society of Tasmania
  • TasCAHRD
  • Hobart Bangladesh Community Inc
  • Deepavali Tasmania Inc
  • Music Tasmania

Creative Project Grant recipients

  • Nunami Sculthorpe-Green
  • South Hobart Living Arts Centre (SOHO ARTS)
  • Christopher Love
  • Maritime Museum of Tasmania Inc.
  • Jordy Gregg
  • Good Grief Studios
  • designed; made inc
  • Sofie Burgoyne
  • Elliott Law
  • Terrapin Puppet Theatre
  • Kelvin Smith
  • Second Echo Ensemble
  • Claire Johnston
  • Isabella Young
  • Sara Glaoua
  • MADE- Mature Artists Dance Experience
  • Archipelago Productions
  • Singers of Southern Tasmania
  • Richie Cyngler
  • TasWriters
  • Blue Cow Theatre 

Community Support Package

A Community Support Package was approved at the Council Meeting on 23 March. Measures include: 

  • rent relief for tenants of City-owned premises who are experiencing hardship 

  • interest and penalties will be deferred for ratepayers having difficulty paying the fourth instalment of rates payments for the 2019-20 financial year.

  • deferral of rates payments for ratepayers experiencing hardship 

  • waiving of certain fees for businesses experiencing hardship 

  • strengthening the City’s commitment to purchasing from local businesses 

  • provision of additional Quick Response Grants to support businesses and creative industries. 

More information to come when available.  

Financial Hardship Assistance Policy

Council has adopted a Financial Hardship Assistance Policy(PDF, 945KB)  to provide assistance to ratepayers suffering financial hardship by providing an appropriate level of relief from rates.

For residential properties apply here or download the pdf application form.(PDF, 485KB)

Community initiatives

People from all over the world are finding ways to keep hobbies, friendships and neighbourhoods alive in these physically distant times. Simple actions go a long way toward making isolated people still feel they are a part of something. There are many cheap or free ways to bring people together and make the best out of the worst, such as: 

The Tasmania Project

How are you experiencing and adapting to life in the time of COVID-19? What do you need and want now, and for the future?

The University of Tasmania has established The Tasmania Project to give you a voice and to gather important information during and beyond the pandemic.

They are seeking Tasmanian residents to participate in surveys and/or interviews with their research team from the Institute for Social Change. What you tell them will help Tasmanians work together through the pandemic and support recovery for a stronger future.

The findings are summarised and published as a resource for those making critical decisions in response to the pandemic.  The City of Hobart is using this information to guide our recovery efforts.

Take the survey
The second general survey is currently open to Tasmanian residents and closes on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at midnight:


Local community sector resources and responses to COVID-19

Community sector organisations in Hobart and Tasmania are working overtime to continue serving their clients and communities. Here are just a few examples of ways organisations are helping: 

  • The Migrant Resource Centre is providing audio information resources in seven languages: Nepali, Arabic, Tigrinya, Farsi, Oromo, Dari and Amharic. 

  • The Smith Family has spoken with the media about the importance of access to education for children without internet or computers at home.

  • Working It Out Together is an initiative of Working it Out.  This project is about allowing LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians to come together and help each other during this COVID-19 pandemic.


State and Federal government support and information

The Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government are offering a range of services and support for people who have been affected by the pandemic, and for organisations seeking to help. 

  • is the single point of truth for current Tasmanian government information relating to coronavirus. It includes facts and information about COVID-19 and how stay safe, as well as information for businesses, employees, travellers and visitors. 

  • Access Australian Government services and support for individuals, families and communities. 

  • Join the Australian Government WhatsApp group for latest advice, or download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play

  • Access Australian Government COVID-19 resources in your language as print or video

  • Stay connected with fellow Tasmanians through the Tasmanian Government’s Stay Healthy Stay Connected Facebook page.

Resilient Hobart projects

The City of Hobart is committed to working together with all those who live, work, and play in Hobart and to enhance the resilience of Tasmania’s capital city to shocks and stresses, like the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The City has a lead role in helping Hobart communities recover after a crisis or severe disruption. 

Hobart Together is a brand new initiative to support community connections and wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond. 

Information about past Resilient Hobart projects can be seen here.