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 SRA Corporate Change to implement the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the Fund.  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, 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 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, 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 $250 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 and for covering the cost of any accommodation at the second, third and fourth residentials and the cost of meals outside of session times).
    *Assistance with transport may be available for residents of Flinders, King and any other of Tasmania’s offshore islands.

Time commitments - 2021 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 negotiate the concept for and develop and implement a community project with a team of other participants and provide a presentation on their project at an event in November/December. Following is an indicative timetable, which may be subject to change:




11, 12 and 13 February 2021


Leading Self

26 and 27 March 2021

North West

Leading Others

18 and 19 June 2021


Leading Community

26, 27 and 28 August 2021


Leading for Lasting Impact

November/December 2021

(1 day)


Project presentation and graduation ceremony

Residential days are likely to be long with potential start times of 8.00am and possible finishing times of 8.30pm. All meals will be provided during session times.

Participants are required to stay at the venue for the first residential.  Participants can stay at their own homes when residentials are occurring within their vicinity, except the first residential, but must fully participate in the sessions and any provided meals.

Project conceptualisation, development and implementation times vary depending on the project chosen. Generally project teams would meet for an hour or so each two to four weeks depending on the stage of the project.

Application timeline and process

Applications for the 2021 program are now open and close on 27 November 2020. Applications can be submitted through the Tasmanian Community Fund’s grant portal at:

Applications for the 2021 program are now open

Due to the impact of Covid 19, applications for  the Emerging Community Leaders program 2021 have been put on hold until further notice.  Stay tuned and we are happy to chat to you about your leadership journey at any time.  Our contact number is 6165 8333.

More information

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