Everyday Literacy for Local Communities – details

The Everyday Literacy for Local Communities program is a grants program to fund Neighbourhood Houses for literacy projects in their local communities. The Program has been funded by a grant to NHT from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The Aims of the Everyday Literacy for Local Communities Program are to offer support for a person’s literacy development through two broad approaches:

  • Provide a non-threatening entry for people through practical projects that seamlessly build literacy into the process
  • Target support for people who have already identified or begun addressing their literacy needs

What do we mean by literacy?

Photo of literacy

In summary, literacy means more than just reading and writing. Literacy involves listening and speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information. It includes more than the technical skills of communication; it also has personal, social and economic dimensions. It is about personal development and building confidence as well as technical skills.

The Everyday Literacy Program is focused on funding projects that are aimed at improving adult and family literacy levels. For the purposes of the Program:

  • Adult literacy refers to working with people past the age of compulsory education.
  • Family literacy refers to working with parents and children together, developing stronger relationships between parents and their children and getting parents involved in their children’s education.

What sort of projects?


To be eligible for funding, projects should contribute to improving adult and family literacy in one or more of these five key literacy areas:

  • Learning
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Numeracy

Projects should respond to a real need or demand in the community and provide for maximum long-term benefit to the community and value for money. Suitable projects should also contribute towards one or more of the following:

  • Developing social and cultural opportunities for community members
  • Contributing to healthier lifestyles
  • Increasing people’s life skills
  • Increasing people’s skills for gaining employment
  • Improving people’s work skill

Who is eligible to apply?


Each year, NHT will offer funding for literacy projects identified by Neighbourhood Houses.

The funds will be made available through a simple application process. Houses can identify projects that respond to local adult or family literacy needs and apply for funding to address them.

Applicants must be Neighbourhood Houses that are financial members of the Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania Inc. Joint applications by Neighbourhood Houses are welcome, as are applications that partner with other organisations.

Micro Grants now available!


Micro Grants of $500 are now available for small literacy projects or literacy support training aimed at improving adult and family literacy in your community.

Each year, each House will be able to apply for one Micro Grant. After that, if not all Houses apply, remaining funds will be made available on a first come first served basis. That is, subject to available funding, repeat applications will be accepted from mid October until early December.

To apply, check the new Funding Guidelines – Micro Grants (pdf) which cover the grant requirements. There is a one page application form, so apply using the Micro Grant Request Form (docx). If you save the form to your computer, you can then complete the application in Microsoft Word, save it, and apply by email. Postal applications are also welcome.To assist you, have a look at this small selection of possible ideas for Micro Grants. If you would like to discuss your project or training ideas, please ring Louise at the NHT office on 6228 6515.

If you are successful in receiving a grant, you will be required to provide a Micro Grant Summary Report at the completion of the project or training.

Useful Resources


For assistance with writing an application for funding for a program idea, the Idea Incubator might be a helpful resource.  This provides a framework for you to follow in planning your idea. To compliment the Idea Incubator, here is a Session Planner template (Word version).  The Session Planner allows you to plan each session you want to run in your program.  Notes on how to write a session plan are also included.

If you are considering a project in partnership with other adult literacy providers, these contacts could be useful. For further information on literacy issues and research, refer to Everyday Literacy – Some Useful Resources.

First Program Evaluation report available


The Everyday Literacy for Local Communities Program is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund. As a requirement of that funding, the program must be independently evaluated every two years. The second in this series of external evaluations has been completed and can be viewed here.

The evaluation was undertaken by PDF Management Services Pty Ltd. During the course of the evaluation, the evaluators contacted a selection of the Neighbourhood Houses that had been funded under the Program and also Houses that had not participated in the Program prior to the evaluation. The evaluators also selectively contacted participants in funded Projects and relevant external stakeholders.

A copy of the Evaluation Brief, under which the evaluation was conducted, can be viewed here.



If you have any questions, you may find the answers here Frequently Asked Questions. If you wish to provide feedback, you can use this Feedback Form.

Otherwise contact us at NHT (see below)


Contact Louise Josephs at the NHT office on (03) 6228 6515

Generously supported by the
Tasmanian Community Fund