Hydro Tasmania launches annual Community Grants Program

Two adult women smiling with young children at a community hearing centre (hydro grants)
Remi Roberts, Claire Roberts, Sonny Roberts, and Lynsey Smith (Child and Family Councillor) at The Shepherd Centre

Hydro Tasmania has launched its annual Community Grants Program, supporting groups working to create positive change for people and communities.

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Last year, The Shepherd Centre—a not-for-profit group that helps children living with hearing loss—was awarded $4,800 for specialist audiology equipment.

Tasmanian regional manager at the Shepherd Centre, Tiffany Slater, said the grant helped its state-wide service to support 50 children with hearing loss to listen and speak.

“The grant from Hydro Tasmania has really helped us… we were able to purchase much needed equipment to enable our audiologist to check and monitor the ear health of children with hearing loss,” Slater said.

“Early detection of middle ear pathology ensures children receive timely medical care and have the best conditions to learn spoken language.”

In 2023 a total of $27,000 was awarded to six deserving community groups, including a community reading program, upgrades to a local playground, and the purchase of a defibrillator for a community centre.

Hydro Tasmania community advisor Kate Hickey said Hydro Tasmania welcomed applications from community groups from across the state.

“I love this part of my job! Hydro Tasmania has a long history of supporting Tasmania, and it’s been amazing to see what our grants enable community groups to achieve,” Hickey said.

“Often groups have a very small operating budget and survive on the goodwill of volunteers. It’s so important that their work helping community, and people, is supported.”

Hydro Tasmania’s Community Grants Program is now in its eighth year, with a total of $30,000 in grants available.

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Applications for Hydro Tasmania’s Community Grants Program are open until March 29.
Find out how to apply for a grant here.

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