Grant recipients


The City of Hobart is pleased to announce the successful recipients list from the latest round of our Grants Program.

For information on our grant programs, their guidelines and how to apply visit: Grants and funding. For information about all the grants, assistance, and benefits provided by the City of Hobart for the financial year to date, visit Grants, assistance and benefits provided by the City of Hobart

Details on the projects funded during the latest round of City of Hobart Grants Program are listed on each section below.

Small Community Grants 

Provides grants for community groups and non-profit organisations to develop projects or events, or specific elements of ongoing programs that foster opportunities for access and participation, and for responding to community issues and concerns.

Latest recipients – Round 1, 2019

Recipient: Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

  • Project: MRC Tasmania 40 Year Anniversary Celebration
  • Approved funding: $5,000

In 2019 MRC Tas is delighted to commemorate its 40th year of service to the Tasmanian community. MRC Tas will hold a celebratory event that is open to the community and will showcase the dynamic and vibrant contributions people from migrant and refugee backgrounds bring to our State.

Recipient: Working It Out Inc.

  • Project: Making Inclusion Stick
  • Approved funding: $4,830

SignPost is an online directory available to any organisation wanting to demonstrate that their’s is an inclusive service for LGBTI Tasmanians. 

Recipient: Parents Beyond Breakup Ltd

  • Project: Building capacity of Parents Beyond Breakup in Hobart
  • Approved funding: $4,800

Dads in Distress and Mums in Distress support groups are the front-line services of Parents Beyond Breakup. We are requesting funds to build the capacity of our Hobart operations, which will assist us in also commencing a local MIDs group.

Recipient: Brahma Kumaris Australia

  • Project: Shining a Light on Death
  • Approved funding: $4,950

As a society, we have taken death out of our lives. We have become 'death-denying' and know very little about the dying process. We seek support to undertake a program that will be in the form of a large-scale facilitated community enquiry and dialogue. Panel experts and facilitators are all highly experienced in their field of speciality, e.g. Palliative Care, or highly skilled in specific processes designed to coalesce a diverse community gathering and ensure that all views are heard.

Recipient: Sisongke Community Choir Hobart Inc.

  • Project: Sisongke Choir 25th Anniversary Workshops
  • Approved funding: $5,000

People are invited to a series of workshops presented by Sisongke Choir that create an opportunity to explore music from around the world.  

Recipient: South Hobart Progress Association

  • Project: South Hobart Progress Association (SHPA) Web Redesign
  • Approved funding: $4,550

We are seeking a small grant to upgrade our web site to not only enable bookings online but to also be the information hub for community events, activities and organisations through the website and associated social media.

Recipient: Buddy Up Australia

  • Project: Buddy Up- PT project
  • Approved funding: $4,000

The Buddy Up PT project is aimed at providing a peer support/physical activity program for all current and ex-serving members of the ADF and emergency services sectors.

Recipient: Tamil Association of Tasmania

  • Project: Tamil Folk Art - Street Theatre Ensemble
  • Approved funding: $2,500

This is authentic Tamil folk art which adds authentic multicultural spectrum to City of Hobart taking to next level participation of drumming in 4 HCC events - including Harmony week. The project covers the cost of the artefacts and drums.

Recipient: Chinese Community Association of Tasmania Inc. (CCAT)

  • Project: CCAT 50 Year Commemorative Celebrations
  • Approved funding: $2,375

The 50 Year Anniversary of the CCAT will be a celebration of the Chinese community in Tasmania and will include the preparation of a colourful Commemorative Publication that will be available to the public, outdoor lion & dragon dances to accompany the Official Launch of the celebrations, public activities focusing on Chinese culture/history suitable for school children, a public presentation on some Chinese family histories and business activities and a Gala dinner open to the public.

Recipient: Tasmanian Ethiopian Association Inc.

  • Project: Celebrating Ethiopian New Year
  • Approved funding: $2,000

Celebrating Ethiopian New Year with people Ethiopian background and their family friends and the Australian community.


View the list of 2018 recipients

View the list of 2017 recipients

Small and Medium Creative Hobart Grants

Creative Hobart supports cultural and creative programs that encourage community participation, attract cultural tourism and make Hobart a truly wonderful place to live, work and visit.

Creative Hobart Medium, recipients – Round 1, 2019

Recipient: Second Echo Ensemble

  • Project: Let Me Dry Your Eyes
  • Approved funding: $15,000

Second Echo Ensemble presents new interdisciplinary work at Beaumaris Zoo- Let Me Dry Your Eyes will challenge perceptions. Assumptions and beliefs will unravel as together the audience and ensemble will follow our shorelines, be carried by the currents and defy expectations.

Recipient: Jane Longhurst

  • Project: The Black Bag
  • Approved funding: $9,300

Jane Longhurst will collaborate with Robert Jarman (Blue Cow Theatre Company) and Liminal Studios to create a free, site-specific performance of 'The Black Bag: excerpts from Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days". The performance will take place across six days in six different public locations at midday and will capture the attention of passing traffic and dedicated audience members alike.

Recipient: Andy Vagg

  • Project: The Poseidon Adventure
  • Approved funding: $13,800

Poseidon has awoken from a two-hundred-year slumber and missed the Industrial Revolution! He's now in the midst of oceans choked with plastic, and he's not happy. Amphitrite has a lot to explain to him... Bringing together some of Hobart's best creatives, The Poseidon Adventure is a play for young and old, exploring the dilemma that we face together and the mighty task of cleaning up our oceans, right here on Hobart's iconic waterfront.

Recipient: Songmaking Sessions

  • Project: 2019 Hobart Songmaking Sessions
  • Approved funding: $14,860

The Hobart Songmaking Sessions are offered free to 42 local 8-18-year-olds, giving them the opportunity to be mentored and tutored by six professional musicians, poets and sound engineers for a week. This is a Folk Federation of Tasmania event and is hosted by Kickstart Arts.

Recipient: Salamanca Arts Centre

  • Project: Salamanca Arts Centre And City Of Hobart’s International Residency Program
  • Approved funding: $10,000

Through this funding from the City of Hobart, Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) will establish three international artist residencies during 2019 and 2020. SAC will host three international artists, each for a 1 or 2-month residency at the Arts Centre, providing each visiting artist with social and community support and participation, a stipend, accommodation, and a studio and gallery space.


Creative Hobart Small, recipients – Round 1, 2019

Recipient: Helen Swain

  • Project: Who Cares?
  • Approved funding: $4,826

“Who Cares?” is an intimate, one-woman theatre show that uses humour, compassion, remorse and pride to illuminate the contradictory moments of caring for another person inside your own home.  

The play is written and performed by Hobart artist Helen Swain and combines autobiographical, fictional and verbatim dialogue. This grant will assist with the project’s community engagement through two performances and panel discussions; one in South Hobart and the other at Mathers House during Seniors Week.

Recipient: designed;made inc

  • Project: designed:made makers market 2019
  • Approved funding: $3,900

The event, a pop-up exhibition and designers networking event, will allow about 30 established, emerging and student designers to showcase the quality and diversity of their recent work and meet with other designers and interested members of the public. 

Work on show will include furniture, textiles, jewellery, glass, lighting, woodwork and small products. The event will commence with a networking event and preview on Friday evening with the "market style" exhibition continuing over the weekend.

Recipient: Sinsa Mansell

  • Project: BlACK
  • Approved funding: $5,000

Based in the 1900s, this solo performance will take you on a cultural journey of a young first nations women stuck in the daily tasks of her domestic duties. Yearning for connection, the spiritual strength within is guiding her to seek the knowledge needed for deep listening. Her firmly rooted ancestral genetic DNA grows stronger and stronger as she grows building the strength to gain her cultural identity.

Recipient: Foodweb Education

  • Project: Friends underground
  • Approved funding: $2,250

An arts-based and sensory exploration of life in the soil for 18 mth-4 year-olds and their carers in the Community Food Garden at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Participants will get to discover and connect to the hidden world beneath their feet through song, dance, drawing and exploring.   The session will be followed by collaborative mural making and picnic in the gardens.


View the list of 2018 recipients.

Vie the list of 2017 recipients.

Event Grants

The City of Hobart Event Grants Program provides grants for a range of events that provide benefits to both the local and wider community. 

Event Grants Round 1, 2019


Recipient: Beaker Street

  • Project: BeakerStreet@TMAG
  • Approved funding:$20,000

BeakerStreet@TMAG is Australia's premier National Science Week event for young adults, with 6,000 visitors in 2018. BeakerStreet@TMAG returns for its third year in 2019 with an all-new line-up, an invasive species cocktail bar in collaboration with Mona, an Academy of Science partnership featuring some of Australia's most prominent scientists speaking at Town Hall, and plans in place to broaden its scope and reach to gain national and international visibility and attention.  

Recipient: Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmanian Chapter)

  • Project: Open House Hobart
  • Approved funding: $15,000

Open House Hobart (OHH) takes locals and visitors behind the scenes of the city's built environment. The weekend builds on the success of previous years and encourages both previous and new participants to be involved. The weekend forms the key event of a broader series of events that encourage conversation about the future of our city while learning about the past and present.

Recipient: Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee

  • Project: Festival of Bright Ideas 2019
  • Approved funding: $20,000

Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) is Tasmania's premier community event in National Science Week. It is a 'grass-roots' festival specifically designed to introduce the Tasmanian community to the Tasmanian science and innovation sector.

Recipient: Constance Artist-Run Initiative

  • Project: HOBIENNALE 2019
  • Approved funding: $13,500

The creative rationale of HOBIENNALE is to encourage discussion and critique of current political, economic and social climates whilst celebrating diversity, promoting inclusivity and recognising the significant role of emergent and contemporary arts practices in Australia. 

HOBIENNALE has invited 20 ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) to participate in the 2019 festival, these organisations represent a spectrum of regional and urban centres, running models and communities

Recipient: Deepavali Tasmania [Diwali Working Committee]

  • Project: Diwali2019
  • Approved funding: $5,000

In Tasmania, in the past, Diwali has been celebrated within individual incoming communities who have held small celebrations and get together in their homes or small halls etc. Now the committee has members from 14 different community groups who come together to bring Diwali to Hobart. With the migrant population especially from the Indian sub-continent, Nepal etc. growing in Hobart, this festival brings together all the members of these communities to showcase the culture and also preserve the traditions and culture for the children to be able to take pride in their roots.

Recipient: Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania (t/a Animals Tasmania)

  • Project: VeganFest Tasmania 2019
  • Approved funding: $7,350

VeganFest Tasmania is a new annual festival designed to celebrate veganism. Held on or around World Vegan Day, it showcases local vegan businesses and not for profit organisations, with a strong emphasis on food and sustainability. This is done primarily through hosting a wide variety of stall holders, speakers, and cooking demonstrations.

Recipient: Hobart Jazz Club Inc.

  • Project: Hot August Jazz Festival 2019
  • Approved funding: $8,000

This Tasmanian showcase features over 200 Tasmanian musicians. 2005 the Hobart Jazz Club held the inaugural “HOT AUGUST JAZZ” festival. Artists range from solos, duos to big bands with a diverse range of participants including students, disabled and community groups as well as professional musicians. We are now preparing for our 15th annual Hot August Jazz Festival. Ten venues in the North Hobart CBD will have live music. This is a FREE event. 

Recipient: The Dead Maggies - Trading as Folk 'Til Ya Punk Records

  • Project: HOBOFOPO
  • Approved funding: $3,100

HOBOFOPO is Australia’s only established dedicated folk-punk festival. Over the past three years, it has attracted a who’s who of folk-punk artists across the globe and a cohort of folk- punk fans from all around Australia to flock to Hobart for a four-day gig-crawl across the city and surrounds.

Recipient: FemFest Tas

  • Project: Fem Fest Tas
  • Approved funding: $3,000

Fem Fest Tas is a community arts & culture festival celebrating people who experience gender oppression. We aim to celebrate, empower, platform and provide spaces for people to explore and find their voices through workshops, networking & volunteer experiences, spoken word, music, arts, crafts, fashion and politics.  Our festival brings people together from across different social groups, artistic platforms and demographics. Last year we had people attend from different demographics turn up and participate over 16 hours.


View the list of 2018 recipients.

View the list of 2017 recipients

Local Trader Grants

The Local Trader Marketing Grants are designed to help groups of traders to attract customers to their trading area. These grants are designed to encourage these groups to create and run marketing activities and events.

Recipient: Lily & Dot

Project: Make it to Midtown marketing project

Approved funding: $5,000

The term ‘Midtown’ has grown organically over the past two years in parallel with business growth and now has significant traction on social media, news media, tourism and property advertising. Our marketing plan includes participating in the O-Week 2018 'Welcome to Midtown' pop-up event in public plaza of UTAS Hobart Apartments, Open House Hobart 'Midtown Mile' walking tour giving insight into the heritage and prior uses of buildings in the precinct, as well as showcasing current traders and UTAS apartments, via behind-the-scenes inspections and fostering civic pride. We also intend to create a brochure that captures the diverse range of experiences available in our one city block including buying a CWA cake, getting a tattoo, a bike, have a coffee, wine or dine, learn to crochet, sharpen your knives, buy a Tasmanian-made gift, and have a haircut/beauty treatment.

Shopfront Improvement Grants

The Shopfront Improvement Grant assists small business with matched funding of up to $5,000 to make physical changes to their façade in an effort to encourage an improved streetscape and increased patronage.

Recipient: Claudia Jewellers

Approved funding: $5,000

The Installation of new cabinets within the store designed to give customers an optimum shopping experience. These will be built in the front window so from outside customers will be drawn to the magic of Claudia Jewellers. Black cabinets with effective lighting is designed to enhance the jewellery and bring our jewellery closer to our customers from the outside looking in. At night, the shop front will remain lit and provide a warm glow to be seen from a distance. 

Recipient: Plane Tree Studio

Approved funding: $1,500.00

The existing facade is dated and requires updating to meet and exceed the expectations of modern consumers. The proposal will include a repaint of building facade from its existing dated colour to a modern charcoal grey; a repaint of the sign-writing across the front of the face of Plane Tree Studio to match new branding that defines the values and products of the business and a retro fit of the existing external 'street sign' with the business's fresh business image that will then provide consistency across all marketing platforms.

Recipient: Lily & Dot

Approved funding: $346.00

The installation of a contemporary retail lighting system to highlight the shopfront, enabling more people to see featured displays, and ensuring staff and customers egress safely after dark.

Recipient: Computer Trader

Approved funding: $5,000.00

Computer trader will improve the front facade by removing unsightly ex wall cladding, replacing corroded roof cladding and faulty rainwater gutter and downpipe and reinstate 3 multi pane windows.