The Program



The Tasmanian Community Fund recognises the value of developing leadership skills across the community and is particularly keen to see emerging leaders supported to develop skills that will empower and enable them to help their community prosper.

The Fund has provided a grant to Community Leadership Institute to implement the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the TCF.  The aim of Emerging Community Leaders is to deliver an effective leadership program that benefits participants, their employers or businesses, and the Tasmanian community at large.

Emerging Community Leaders brings together the next generation of leaders in Tasmania’s community sector (sport, recreation, arts, heritage, emergency services, social services, etc), and equips them with the capability to positively contribute as a leader in this sector.   The program focuses on leading self, leading others, leading community and leading for lasting impact.

Emerging Community Leaders supports up to 24 participants a year with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication, and project management. There is an emphasis on experiential learning and being able to apply skills immediately in the form of projects benefiting participants’ workplaces and the community.

The way in which this program is delivered aims to develop participants in an engaging, innovative and future focused way. The content, presenters, workshops and activities included in the delivery of this program are practical, creative, unique and deeply engaging.  Participants are encouraged to understand that everyone’s journey through the program is different, and leadership is innately personal.

Emerging Community Leaders is delivered primarily through a combination of face-to-face sessions facilitated by Tony Chapman and Rikki Mawad, and the supported delivery of a community-based project to provide the opportunity to apply and extend learnings.

The program is open to all Tasmanians and we are particularly keen to see diversity across the participant group.  There is no maximum age requirement for the program but participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Participant commitments and pre-requisites

Participants must

  • already have involvement in their local community – through their individual activities or their involvement with not-for-profits
  • have a strong understanding of their community and the issues it faces
  • be committed to supporting community outcomes in their community or in other areas across Tasmania
  • be committed to developing their leadership skills
  • be committed to participating fully in the program and to attending all four residentials
  • be committed to delivering a community project and to providing details of this project at a project presentation
  • be willing to make a $400 contribution to enable their participation in the project and have the financial capability to participate in each of the residentials (participants will be responsible for covering all transport costs* to and from each of the residentials).

*Assistance with transport may be available for residents of Flinders, King and any other of Tasmania’s offshore islands.

Time commitments - 2023 Program

The Emerging Community Leaders program will provide four residential (10 days in total) of training and development to 24 participants. In addition, participants will be required to

  • participate in a one-hour on-line project launch in February 2023;
  • if available, participate in a one-hour introduction session to meet other participants and gain a greater understanding of the what to expect through ECL in region of residence/availability in February 2023;
  • participate in occasional on-line learning sessions during the year (maximum of five one-hour sessions)
  • working in partnership with a team of participants, develop and deliver a community project (approximately one hour a fortnight)
  • provide a presentation with the team on their project at an event in February 2024.

Following is an indicative timetable of the residentials, which may be subject to change:




2, 3 and 4 March 2023


Leading Self

12 and 13 May 2023


Leading Others

28 and 29 July 2023


Leading Community

19, 20 and 21 October 2023

East Coast

Leading for Lasting Impact

February 2024

(1 day)


Project presentation and graduation ceremony

Days are likely to be long with potential start times of 8.00am and possible finishing times of 8.30pm.   This is a residential program with all accommodation and meals provided during session times.  There will be a non-compulsory dinner the evening prior to each residential for those that are available.

Participants are required to stay at the venue for each of the residentials.

Application timeline and process

Applications for the 2023 program are now open and close on 23 November 2022.

Applications can be submitted through the Tasmanian Community Fund's grant portal at

More information

For more information contact the Tasmanian Community Fund on 6165 8333 or email or visit