2021 Grant recipients


The City of Hobart is pleased to announce the successful recipients list from our Grants Programs during 2021.

Details on the successful projects, initiatives, and organisations for each Grant Program can be viewed using the links above, and navigation buttons below.

Community Grants

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.

February 2021 Round

Hobart Playback Theatre

Hobart Playback Theatre facilitates the telling and enactment of personal stories by performing for the general public, commissioned performances, institutions, non-profit organisations and community groups. The activity aims:

  • to mirror what is told to us
  • to create connection
  • to build community
  • to be consistent with the Playback Theatre form.
  • Project: Navigating uncertain times
  • Approved funding: $5000

Playback Theatre will hold a series of three improvised performances at Kickstart Arts at the end of 2021, to share stories that build community resilience, as we navigate our way out of the pandemic and into an increasingly uncertain future.

Mosaic Support Services

Mosaic Support Services (Mosaic) is a Disability Support Service with the mission to enrich and improve the lives of people with a disability and their families by offering support services such as Supported Independent Living, short term Respite Options and Community Access programs.

  • Project: Media Programs Upgrade Proposal
  • Approved funding: $5000

Mosaic would like to build an in-house radio booth. We currently partner with Edge Radio in which they provide a studio and tutor to produce the Xpress Radio program hosted by Mosaic clients. The purchase of our own equipment would allow us to develop the program towards independent broadcast.

Hobart Malayali Association

To preserve the deep-rooted and rich culture of South India, Kerala including its tradition, delectable cuisine, art and literature and thereby help the Malayali community in Hobart to attain “Cultural sustainability”. To share this splendour with the wider community of Hobart, thereby promote cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect.

  • Project: Hobart Malayali Association Onam Festival 2021
  • Approved funding: $5000

We need the funding for hiring the hall, tables and chairs, costumes and decorations, hiring the commercial kitchen, Kitchen hire, stage decorations, chef salary, cooking utensils, posters and tickets.

Oh la la & Co

Bringing people together by sharing our French-speaking culture through music, cuisine & language.

  • Project: Make Music Day
  • Approved funding: $3471

Make Music Day or Fete de la Musisque is a world-renowned celebration that originated in France and aims to celebrate music while bringing people together.

Waterworks Valley Landcare Group

We work with the Hobart City Bushcare unit to: restore habitat and improve the natural and built amenity along Waterworks Road.

  • Project: Fantail Quarry Interpretation Sign
  • Approved funding: $5000

For one large and several small interpretation signs for our Bushcare Project: "The Fantail Quarry"- a revegetated area on the Pipeline track which has been designed to be a native bird habitat with bird attracting plants and bird boxes.

Indian Cultural Society of Tasmania Incorporated

To stimulate and foster interest and appreciation of Indian culture as one part of the cultural heritage of mankind, and wants to encourage multiculturalism by coordinating and facilitating interaction between various community groups from the Indian sub-continent and to promote harmony and peace by facilitating interaction with all community groups.

  • Project: Indian Independence Day 2021
  • Approved funding: $4500

Celebration of Indian Independence Day at the iconic City Hall of Hobart. The indo cultural community groups present cultural programs, providing an opportunity to mingle with each other.  The total strength of the community is about 2000 members. We will regulate attendance for COVID-19 safety considerations. Attendance can be restricted to 250.

Battery Point Community Association

The Association is a member-based community group of residents, property owners and businesses. It aims to protect residential amenity and enhance the aesthetic, heritage and cultural values of the suburb. The Association fosters a strong sense of community through community events and ongoing communication with members.

  • Project: Battery Point Historic House Plaques
  • Approved funding: $5000

A community-based project in which residents are supported to research the history of their property. Key information will be included on house plaques that will be affixed to individual properties. The plaques will develop understanding by locals and visitors about the fascinating history of Battery Point.

Heritage Sailing Tasmania Ltd

We are a not-for-profit company with a unique philosophy combining traditional sailing, conservation and health promotion. We are committed to promoting TASMANIA! More than just a sailboat ride: You can experience and sail on a piece of Tasmania's history.

  • Project: 2021: Knots, splices, mats and a taste of Hobart’s maritime heritage.
  • Approved funding: $4500

Heritage Sailing is looking at innovative ways to promote traditional maritime craftsmanship. This project will enable a series of winter workshops with participants learning traditional knots, spices and make their own fancy mat. There will be an option of a follow-up sail to Hobart’s historic points of interest.

Bushrangers Sporting Alliance

Bushrangers Sporting Alliance provides opportunities to the LGBTIQA+ community and their allies to participate in sport.

  • Project: Hobart, Come Out & Play
  • Approved funding: $2535

Come Out & Play sessions are free weekly introductory indoor basketball training sessions based in the City of Hobart taking place over 2021.

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 - February 2021 Round

Dr Shelley O'Reilly

I'm a writer working in the public sphere. My practice aims to widen community involvement in the arts, particularly writing, with a focus on short poetic forms. I'm currently Writer-in-Residence at New Norfolk High School (February-June, 2021), funded by an Arts Tasmania Education Residency. I have a PhD in poetry.

  • Project: Poetry in Motion
  • Approved funding: $9734

Forty poems printed on laminated vinyl decals will be placed in the interior of twenty Metro buses for a period of sixteen weeks. These will be three-line rooku poems written by the general public of Hobart with the theme "Where are We Going?".

Second Echo Ensemble

Second Echo Ensemble [SEE] is a contemporary performance company. At the heart of SEE is the ensemble of diverse performance makers who live with a range of abilities. We passionately believe that everyone, everywhere, has the right to thrive, to be heard and to be a part of our community.

  • Project: The Beauty Project
  • Approved funding: $13 200

The Beauty Project is a new work in development led by SEE founding member, Elise Romaszko. Elise is researching fashion, design and beauty to create a pop-up runway performance that reminds us that we are all human and that we all wear clothes and have a desire to feel fashion-able.

Taspride Inc

We’re dedicated to celebrating, uniting and promoting the Tasmanian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community, through providing opportunities for everyone to come together and share our pride. We produce the TasPride Festival each year and host several other events throughout the year.

  • Project: Rainbow Quilt Project – Collective Artwork for the Artfully Queer Exhibition 2021
  • Approved funding: $14 478

TasPride’s Artfully Queer, is an annual exhibition that celebrates and showcases Tasmania’s creative LGBTQ community. This year’s exhibition theme is “Home”. This application seeks funding for our proposed Rainbow Quilt Project which will engage our LGBTQ community in the creation of a collective artwork.

Nayri Niara

Nayri Niara is an Aboriginal run social enterprise and event space that fosters positive connections throughout the lutruwita/Tasmania community.

  • Project: Nayri Niara monthly Unity exhibitions
  • Approved funding: $15 000

primarily for materials for feature artists taking part in monthly art exhibitions at The Longhouse, supported by Nayri Niara.

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (‘TYO’) delivers instrumental and choral music education, development and performance programs to young Tasmanian musicians and singers aged five to 25; as well as outstanding performances to Tasmanian audiences. TYO programs are led by an exceptional artistic team of conductors and specialist tutors.

  • Project: TYO in the Gardens 2021
  • Approved funding: $7000

'TYO in the Gardens' sees TYO ensembles dotted around the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, delivering free music performances in a glorious outdoor setting. The concept was piloted in November 2020 and proved so joyous and well-received that we would be delighted to deliver it to the community again in 2021.

Archipelago Productions

Producing, developing and performing live theatre, film and television from lutruwita/Tasmania.

  • Project: The Carbon Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable Enviroteens
  • Approved funding: $5182

Workshopping the development of a new theatre work adapted from First Dog On The Moon's graphic novel The Carbon Neutral Adventures of the Indefatigable Enviroteens, with professional performers, and young theatre-makers.


Creative Hobart Small - February 2021 Round

Miss Juniper Shaw

Juniper Shaw owns The Grand Poobah which has been operating as a live music venue & nightclub in Hobart since January 2011. We host live bands, DJ's, Comedy, Workshops and Cabaret shows. Priya Vunaki, Dexter Rosengrave & Diana Kalkoul are DJ's

  • Project: Leg Up
  • Approved funding: $5000

To host a series of workshops to teach women and non-binary members of the community the art of DJing.

designed:made inc

designed:made inc is a not-for-profit group based in Hobart providing members with a platform to showcase their work and network with other designers and organisations. It's mission is to inspire, connect and represent Tasmanian designers.

  • Project: designed:made makers market 2021
  • Approved funding: $3648

The event, a pop-up exhibition and designers networking event will allow about 30 established and emerging 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, and fashion.

Ms Elli Iliades

Elli Iliades is a writer and director with a background in theatre and film studies. Her short films Waiting for Angel and Theodore's Gift have screened at film festivals in Australia and overseas. Elli is currently developing her feature film, The Boarder, which recently received development support from Screen Tasmania.

  • Project: So Much Smoke
  • Approved funding: $5000

The funding is for the short film, So Much Smoke, which has been adapted from the short story by author, Félix Calvino.

Oasis Women Poets

Oasis Women Poets is an inclusive, welcoming, low-cost space where members are encouraged to develop their skills in, & knowledge of, writing poetry. It provides a confidence-building network that shares writing techniques & publishing opportunities. Oasis provides professional development experience for women wanting to earn income from teaching writing workshops.

  • Project: Oasis Women Poets Anthology
  • Approved funding: $4950

We plan to create & publish an anthology of poetry by Oasis Women Poets. There will be launches & performances to publicise & distribute to the broader community — to render visible the creativity of the diverse women making poetry in the heart of Hobart.

Mr Andrew Harper

I'm a curator, performance artist and writer.

  • Project: Light Box 3
  • Approved funding: $2200

Light Box is a developing program for screening new and experimental film and video work in Hobart. The pilot event, Light Box 1 took place in January, at Good Grief Studio in Hobart, as part of Mona Foma 2021. The success of this event has prompted the creation of similar events that aims to refine and expand the model. The grant is to cover a curator's fee, artist's fees and equipment hire for a screening at Good Grief Studio.

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.

February 2021 Round

Tasmanian National Science Week Coordinating Committee

Festival of Bright Ideas (FoBI) is a festival with a difference. Created for our community, FoBI is an inclusive celebration of the Tasmanian science sector showcasing engaging activities, displays, workshops, performances, lectures and tours. It focuses on innovative and inspiring aspects of STEM that create an educational, aspirational and family-friendly experience for Hobart.

  • Project: Festival of Bright Ideas 2021
  • Approved funding: $20 000
  1. The main stage program which brings vibrant, family-friendly, science performers to Tasmania enlivening the program and making it a more desirable destination for entertainment in the city
  2. The hands-on workshop programs for students and the public, ensuring they are accessible, well resourced, content-rich, and COVID-safe.

Deepavali Tasmania Inc.

Formed to celebrate Diwali Festival (aka Festival of Lights), as a multicultural event of diverse communities celebrating Diwali. The cultural performances, culinary experiences, arts, crafts from 16 Indo-ethnic community groups, help to engage with each other and with other Tasmanians to contribute to a vibrant and welcoming Tasmania for all.

  • Project: Diwali at Hobart 2021
  • Approved funding: $18 000

We wish to share the celebration of the significant multicultural festival, Diwali, showcasing different art forms in the heart of Hobart. Diwali brings together over 100 performing artists from 16 communities, supported by volunteers planning/developing/organising the event. The food stalls give a culinary experience of the richness of Indian cuisine.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is Australia’s premier yacht club and home to what is considered yachting’s ‘Everest’ – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Members and visitors enjoy being part of an active Sports Club with year-long sailing activities, marina services & bar, food and dining outlets.

  • Project: 77th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2021
  • Approved funding: $8000

Continued City of Hobart support for the running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 'Race End' activities in Hobart and the creation and management of the public Hobart Race Village at-and-around Constitution Dock for the period 26 - 31 December 2021 (and additional bump-in/out dates).

Hobart Jazz Club Inc

To Promote Jazz in Australia and Australian Jazz.

  • Project: Hot August Jazz 2021
  • Approved funding: $8852

Funding to assist with marketing, venue hire, equipment and part of the musicians’ fees for the 2021 Hot August Jazz Festival.


TasWriters supports, develops and promotes Tasmanian stories and writers at all stages of their career. We offer a hub for the dissemination of advice, information and resources, supporting a network of flourishing writers’ groups across the State. Our work develops and strengthens sector relationships through cooperative programs with partner organisations.

  • Project: 2021 Hobart Writers Festival Outdoor activities and opening
  • Approved funding: $13 648

We seek funding to cover costs associated with delivering the free outdoor activities and the Festival Opening. This will pay for artists, performers, arts workers, marketing and equipment, including writers, musicians, performers, technicians, front of house and organisational staff.

Tasmanian Malay Cultural Society Incorporated

The Tasmanian Malay Cultural Society supports the Tasmanian Multicultural Policy in building a harmonious, inclusive and respectful multicultural island through participation and contribution from the Malay communities living in Tasmania.

The society aims to promote the Malay culture, language and tradition and foster a good relationship between the society and the Tasmanian community.

  • Project: Tasmanian Malay Cultural Festival
  • Approved funding: $9500

To organise a festival showcasing the Malay Culture which includes traditional food, games, music, costume, and dances where all these are in line with the Capital City strategic plan 2019-29. This will help add vibrancy and attract people from other states and suburbs into Hobart City.