Grants Program and Circular Economy Initiatives

Grants

There are two levels to this grants programme:

Grants: Level 1

This will provide funding for businesses to access professional advice and assistance from a panel of Business Online/E-services/marketing advisers.

Support will be given to businesses to adapt their business practises in response to the changing COVID-19 environment.

Businesses looking for this level of advice are also encouraged to access the State Government Digital Ready service or by contacting 1800 955 660.

The Digital Ready program is funded by the Department of State Growth and offers businesses two hours of free online marketing mentoring with experienced consultants.

The program is open to all businesses and is an ideal way to assess and improve your current marketing activities. Consultants can make recommendations on how the grants funding could be used to market your business online.

Businesses are encouraged to access both Digital Ready and the City of Launceston's Community Care and Recovery Grant Level 1.

 


 

The Council is calling for Expressions of Interest for SME Digital Business Platform Advice.

Initial submissions will be assessed after midday April 9, however submissions will continue to be received and considered up to 2pm, April 30.

Grants: Level 2

Unprecedented interest in the innovation grants component (Level 2) of the City of Launceston's Community Care and Recovery programme has resulted in the Council suspending submissions for the time being.  

This will provide funding to support implementation of innovative projects that enable businesses to adapt their practises in response to the changing COVID-19 environment.

Applicants do not have to access Level 1 or Digital Ready advice prior to applying for this Level 2 grant, but are strongly encouraged to have done so.

 

How to Apply

Unprecedented interest in both Level 1 and Level 2 grants of the City of Launceston's Community Care and Recovery programme has resulted in the Council temporarily suspending submissions for the time being.

 

How to apply:

Read the relevant guidelines (below) regarding eligibility, assessment criteria, funding limitations and the application process for each grant level.

Grant program Grant amount      Application Dates    Guidelines   Apply            

Community Care and Recovery Grant Level 1   

Up to $1,000 Closed Click Here

Closed

Community Care and Recovery Grant Level 2 Up to $7,000 Closed Click Here Closed

  

 *The continuation of grants is subject to budget allocation. This can be reviewed in the new financial year should the need still exist.

Need help?

If you need help on how to apply for available grants, please contact the Council's grants and sponsorship officer Stephanie Berns on 6323 3351

 

Expression of Interest: SME Digital Business Platform Advice

The Council is calling for Expressions of Interest for SME Digital Business Platform Advice.

Initial submissions will be assessed after midday April 9, however submissions will continue to be received and considered up to 2pm, April 30.

 

 

Circular Economy

Stage 1

Working with the NTDC and the Northern Councils, implement the Aspire Circular Economy platform for the construction industry.

 This digital platform will be an opportunity for materials that are otherwise dumped or wasted to be reused, repurposed or resold.

Given the important role construction will play in the recovery from the pandemic, this creates an improved pool of affordable resources while reducing waste.

Stage 2

Building on the City of Launceston’s existing partnership with City Mission, the Council will develop a series of repair cafés in the City and the region to support the repair, reuse and revaluing of a range of products and adaptation of services.

Post isolation, these can be developed to create value streams of repaired, revalued and reusable products. 

 

Stage 3

A full Circular Economy suite of initiatives including a local government purchasing policy and a strategy for maximising the value of exports to retain that value in the Tasmanian economy.

 

Initial circular economy initiatives could differ from centre to centre (depending on each centre's needs) and develop as partnerships with a range of existing social enterprises such as Men's Sheds and Neighbourhood Centres.

The creation of circular economy initiatives will help deliver a number of medium and longer-term recovery outcomes:

  • Employees impacted by COVID-19 who have been made redundant because of business closures will be able to have meaningful work while being supported by the Government's safety net in the medium term.
  • An increase in community resilience as goods are given new life and reliance on global supply chains is decreased. Purchasing polices will drive a deeper and embedded structural resilience.
  • A data collection and analytics capability to trace and track the impact of circular economy on recovery.