Community Funding


The Burnie City Council's financial assistance grants program aims to support community clubs and organisations to initiate or establish programs, projects and activities on a fair and equitable basis as detailed in the Community Assistance Policy

Applications for financial assistance to Clubs and Community Organisations are made available in two rounds per financial year and must be spent within that financial year unless otherwise agreed. A Club or Community organisation, if successful, may only apply for Financial Assistance once every three years eg: if you were successful in your application for Financial Assistance in Round One for 2017/18 financial year, then you will not be eligible to apply for Financial Assistance until 2020/21 financial year.

How to apply

Financial Assistance to Clubs and Organisations

Applications for Financial Assistance will be sought twice a year through two rounds of Grant applications.  Applications will only be considered if received by the relevant date.  To be eligible, Clubs and Community Organisations must be either located in Burnie or have substantial membership from Burnie residents, and which offer benefits to the people of Burnie.

Council will not fund one-off activities conducted by large state-wide organisations from outside of the Burnie area which do not have a local presence in the area.  A Club or Community Organisation may only receive funding for Financial Assistance once in a three year period.

Applications by Clubs and Community Organisations must be made on the form provided by Council and must include a copy of the previous year’s accounts and audited Financial Statement and any other information requested on the application.  Applications which do not supply all required documentation will not be considered.

Applications Clubs and Community Organisations for Financial Assistance must be for a specific project.  A Club or Community Organisation’s willingness to contribute to the project will be taken into account.

All applications will be submitted to, reviewed and approved by a meeting of Council.

Financial Assistance will generally not exceed $10,000.  Applications in excess of $10,000 and/or of a capital works nature which are assessed as worthy of further consideration will be either recommended for budget deliberation or submitted to Council with a recommendation.

Defibrillators – Council will only make a 50% contribution to the cost of defibrillators.  A successful application for assistance towards a defibrillator will be deemed an application and will have to wait three years before applying for further financial assistance.

The Financial Assistance Grants Program Round One will open on Friday 1 February and will close on Wednesday 13 March, 2019.  Clubs and organisations are invited to make an application to Council for financial assistance for the 2019/2020 financial year.


Council Support of Community Events

Council may, on an annual basis, and subject to budget considerations and according to need, provide financial and in-kind assistance to community events outside of the Financial Assistance Grants program.

Such support will not be deemed to be sponsorship, as Council will not expect to receive a reciprocal benefit beyond a modest acknowledgment.  Such assistance shall be by request from the organisers and shall be approved by Council.

Community Discounts on Venue Hire

Council shall provide a discount to community organisations of 60% of the standard functions and performing arts venue hire fee for both the Burnie Arts and Function Centre and The Point at West Park.

Council may also provide a discount on equipment hire at the discretion of the Director of the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.  Any direct additional costs will not be discounted.  The venue discount shall apply to:

  • Clubs and Community Organisations must be either located in Burnie or have substantial membership from Burnie residents, and which offer benefits to the people of Burnie (Note that Financial Assistance may be made to Regional/District organisations for distribution to sub or local branches where this situation applies).

  • Not-for-profit community organisations providing a public health benefit to the Burnie Community.

  • Educational functions primarily involving students from the Burnie region, and which are endorsed by the Department of Education or the principal of an independent school.

Waste Disposal Costs for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organisations

The Burnie City Council's Financial Assistance Program was established to assist with the costs of residual waste disposal arising from reuse activities conducted by a Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organisation at the Burnie Waste Management Centre.  This funding is to support waste disposal costs for community activities and educational programs which encourage and develop appropriate waste and recycling behaviours in the community.

To be eligible to access this funding organisations must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. The group seeking support is a recognised charity or not-for-profit organisation, operating in Burnie and providing support to the Burnie community.

  2. The activity generating the waste supports the diversion from the waste stream and puts the diverted material to a productive use (reuse, recycling or repurposing).

  3. The organisation can demonstrate the waste/unusable items arise from the collection and processing associated with the reuse/repurposing of the collected material and there is an ongoing need for the waste disposal.

Financial Assistance for Waste Disposal Costs applications are made available in two round per financial year and must be spent within that financial year.  Applications by organisations must be made on the form provided by Council.  Assistance is capped at $1,000 per annum per organisation.

The Financial Assistance Grants Program for Waste Disposal Costs for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organisations will open 1 February and will close 13 March, 2019.  Charitable and Not-for-Profit organisations are invited to make an application to Council for the 2019/2020 financial year.


Regulatory Fees

Council shall provide an annual sum of $1,000 to support the payment of Food Licensing fees for eligible organisations.

The Food License must be used to support the organisation in fundraising activities.

Council support shall be by way of a waiver of the fee.

Mayor's Fund

Council will provide an allocation of up to $2,500 from the Financial Assistance Grants budget to be available for minor requests up to $200 at the Mayor’s discretion.  To apply for the Mayor's Fund, send a letter of request to The Mayor, Burnie City Council, PO Box 973, Burnie.

State Representatives Program

In addition to the Financial Assistance Grants Program, financial assistance may be provided to individuals under the age of 25 selected to represent Tasmania or Australia in national or international events, conferences, seminars and sporting championships. Applications must be made on the form provided by Council and will be paid on provision of written advice from the appropriate State or National body confirming this selection.

Financial Assistance is limited to $150 per person and will be paid to each eligible individual only once per financial year. 



The Local Government Act 1993, requires that the details of any grant made or benefit provided are to be included in the Annual Report of the Council.

2017/2018 Financial Assistance

The successful clubs and organisations that were awarded a grant in the Burnie City Council's 2017/2018 Financial Assistance Grants program are detailed below:

  • Burnie Rugby Union Club ($3,479) – to purchase goal post pads, corner pads and a share in a line marking machine.
  • Burnie Softball and Cricket Club Rooms ($1,225) – to purchase a defibrillator, tables and chairs.
  • West Ridgley Cricket Club ($1,225) – to purchase a defibrillator.
  • Ridgley Fire Brigade ($1,225) – to purchase a defibrillator for the Ridgley Fire Station.
  • Girl Guides Tasmania ($1,130) – for three laptops and basic software.
  • Stowport Community Morning Tea Group ($376) – Exemption from hall hire fees for Great Big Morning Tea and Christmas luncheon for seniors.
  • Probus Club of Burnie ($1,400) – for a public address system for clubrooms.
  • Koori Kids – NAIDOC Week ($400) – for NAIDOC Week School Initiatives.
  • Tasmanian Special Children’s Christmas Party ($1,500) – to send 16 children and families to the Special Christmas Party in Launceston.
  • Highclere Community Centre ($8,569) – to re-roof the Highclere Community Centre.
  • Burnie Junior Football Club ($1,954) – to purchase a HP Laser Printer, paper and First Aid equipment.
  • Out of the Shadows & into the Light Suicide Awareness & Prevention Walk ($1,273) – to construct a low garden in the shape of a semicolon and access paths at the Burnie Park.
  • Park Run Australia ($6,000) – for setup cost to run a Parkrun in Burnie.
  • Coastal Cycling Club ($1,526) – for a defibrillator and a 2-Way radio system.
  • Ridgley District Bowls Club ($740) – to purchase a reverse cycle air conditioner.
  • Burnie Bowls Club ($2,800) – to improve security of venue around bar area.
  • Burnie Golf Club ($2,500) – to purchase a Flail Mower.
  • Burnie Men’s Shed ($572) – for kerbside rubbish collection.
  • Playgroup Tasmania ($1,950) – for a Start-Up Kit for new Burnie Playgroup.
  • Friends of Fernglade ($1,222) – support for the Platypus Festival in January, 2018.
  • Natone Community Hall Committee ($3,690) – to purchase tables and chairs for hall.
  • NW Environment Centre ($1,161) – to purchase a Banner and four Wind Flags to help promote the NW EcoFest.
  • Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar ($2,868) – to buy equipment for an eight week Pilot Youth Program.