Huon’s Helping Hand is now open!

Issued: 4 May 2017

A new round of Huon Aquaculture’s Helping Hand grants is open now to local community groups to get a project, initiative or program up and running with a $3,000 grant.

“We want to see anyone with a great idea, event, program, project or initiative that will benefit their local community, to apply,” said Frances Bender, Huon Aquaculture co-owner and creator of the Helping Hand program.

The program offers up to $3,000 for projects, events or initiatives that support sustainable community development with the aim of supporting grassroots programs or projects that will provide a long term benefit for the local community.

“Through receiving a grant or in-kind assistance, many programs and initiatives have the help that they need to get off the ground.”

“We are proud to be supporting the community and school programs across Tasmania.

The Helping Hand program is open to community groups state-wide, but primarily focuses on the areas in which Huon Aquaculture operates including the Huon Valley, the west coast, the north-west and the north east coast.

Huon developed the Program in 2013 and since then has supported over 110 community programs state-wide, spending over $340,000 – that excludes the donations, sponsorships and in-kind assistance it provides throughout the year.

Past recipients in the Huon region include the Geeveston Community Development Association, Huon Valley Roamers Landcare Inc., The Dover Community Workshop Inc., Huonville Bowls and Community Club Inc., Ranelagh Multipurpose Marine Platform Community Group, and the Geeveston Fire Brigade.

“We want to see as many community groups applying as possible as the more applicants we receive, the more grants we approve.

To apply for Huon’s Helping Hand program, visit or contact

“Applications close on Wednesday 17th May at 5pm so don’t delay in getting your applications in,” Mrs Bender concluded.

For more information on Huon’s Helping Hand or to read more about past recipients, please visit our website at


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