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Current Funding Programs

Australia experiences a range of natural disasters including bushfires, floods, and landslides. Natural disasters occur through a part of the natural cycle of weather patterns, and the level of damage can be intensified by human activity such as vegetation reduction or mismanagement, and groundwater and irrigation schemes. Climate change will further affect the predictability and extremity of natural disaster occurrences.
The 2016 Tasmanian State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment has identified bushfires, flooding and storms/severe weather as the natural hazard priorities for Tasmania. However, the Risk Assessment further recognised the potential risks posed to Tasmanian communities through earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, biosecurity emergencies and human pandemics. While the impact of these hazards is generally minor and localised, they can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences for Tasmanian communities, causing millions of dollars of damage each year to homes, businesses and the State’s infrastructure.
To address risks associated with natural disasters, the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program – Tasmania (NDRGP) and the Emergency Volunteer Fund (EVF) have been established as a joint Australian Government and State Government initiative with the aim of mitigating disasters and building community resilience. The State Emergency Management Program (SEMP) competitive grants program was established to assist with the implementation of the action plan for the SEMC Strategic Directions Framework Building Safe and Resilient Tasmanian Communities 2013 - 2018.

Applications for the 2017 round of NPA funding are now open until Sunday 31 January 2018.

Tips for NPA Grant applicants

 A few tips, based on feedback from previous rounds of our NPA grant programs:

  • Have a look through the details of previously supported projects (on this website) so help determine if a project, similar to the one you might be contemplating, has already been completed or is currently underway.
  • Also have a look on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website to establish what work has been done or is underway on projects or research that might replicate your proposed project: Link to External Site
  • Consider collaborating with other local councils or organisations on a project or, if you will take the lead on the project, obtain letters of support from other agencies or organisations to be submitted with your application.
  • Carefully consider whether the project that you are applying for relates to the core business of your organisation because applications for projects that relate to what is deemed core business are ineligible for NPA grants.
  • Note that Project Management is equal in criteria weighting to your project pitch. You may have a great idea for a project but if your application is weak on the Project Management side, it will impact on the assessment of your application.

 Enquiries can be directed to Cheryl Ames, SES Projects Coordinator by email: or phone: (03) 6173 2887.