Marinus Link Community Partnership Program

Published on 20 November 2023

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Applications have now closed.  Thank you to everyone who took the time in apply. Best of Luck!

Community Partnership Program

Together with Council and Marinus Link, your organisation can create positive change in our community.

Apply for Community Partnership Program 

Through the Program, two successful applicants will receive $20,000 each year over three years. That’s $60,000 in total to deliver an initiative that promotes:

 ◊ The growth of skills or employment pathways, and/or;

 ◊ Positive environmental outcomes, and;

 ◊ Community legacy and inclusivity.

The Program was developed to align with Marinus Link’s Sustainability Framework priorities and potential growth areas for the Burnie City Council.


What is Marinus Link and why are they funding this Program?

Marinus Link is an underground and undersea electricity and data cable that will further connect Tasmania and Victoria. The cable will run 255km undersea from North West Tasmania to Waratah Bay, Victoria, then a further 90km underground to the centre of Gippsland. Converter stations at each end will enable alternating current (AC) to be directed back and forth as needed into the energy grid.

Marinus Link has a vision to create a positive legacy in the communities where the project is proposed.

Working together to form the Program, Marinus Link and Council have identified growth areas for the Burnie community, such as skills development and positive environmental outcomes.

Along with local employment opportunities through the construction of the project, Marinus Link is funding the Program to empower local community groups and organisations to make a positive impact in Burnie. 

For more information on Marinus Link, visit

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Who can apply?

The following organisations are eligible to apply for the Program:

Not for Profit Organisation (NFP) - organisations that provide services to the community and do not operate to make a profit for its members.

Social Enterprise (SE) - businesses that put the interests of people and planet ahead of shareholder gain. These businesses are driven by a social/environmental mission and reinvest profits into creating positive social change.

Registered Training Organisation (RTO) - providers and assessors of nationally recognised training that have been registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Primary and secondary schools – schools within the Burnie municipality looking to run an initiative outside their normal curriculum.

When can I apply?

The first round will open on 21 September 2023 and close on 21 November 2023.

Successful applicants will be notified in early 2024.

Examples of what the Program may support:

◊ Initiatives that align to Marinus Link’s Sustainability Framework priorities

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  • Keeping our planet healthy
  • Contributing to prosperous communities; and
  • Being a trusted organisation

◊ Align with potential growth areas and the Strategic Plan of the Burnie City Council - Making a better Burnie 2044

◊ Volunteer recruitment and retention initiatives;

◊ Employment of locals to support the delivery of environmental or industry related outcomes;

◊ Community programs to assist Burnie locals to be social, active or healthy;

◊ Series of events within the Burnie City Council area.



Marinus Link's Sustainability Framework 

How can I apply?

Click below to head to Burnie City Councils online grant application page - SmartyGrants - and follow the prompts.

Apply for Community Partnership Program 

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 6430 5832 during business hours or email and quote your submission number.

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