The Program



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

Time commitments - 2020 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 provide a presentation on their project at an event in November/December. Following is an indicative timetable, which may be subject to change:




13, 14 and 15 February 2020


Leading Self

3 and 4 April 2020

North West

Leading Others

19 and 20 June 2020


Leading Community

13, 14 and 15 August 2020


Leading for Lasting Impact

November/December 2020

(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.  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.

Application timeline and process

Applications for the 2020 program are now open and close on the 29 November 2019.

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

Applications for the 2020 program are now open

Applications for the 2020 program are now open.

More information

For more information contact the Tasmanian Community Fund on 6232 7395 or email or visit