Do you know a natural storyteller or leader who is passionate about their community and who wants to support children to thrive?

The B4 Community Storyteller Grants have been created to help share the message across Tasmania about the importance of the early years.

Applications have reopened for grants of up to $20,000 (GST exclusive).

These grants will support people to become skilled community storytellers through training. They will also assist the storytellers to run events in their community that focus on the early years story and the key elements required for children to thrive.

The grants are open to approved non-government organisations (NGOs), as well as local governments (LGAs) within Tasmania.

This is a great opportunity for schools to partner with a local NGO or LGA, to ensure everyone in your community understands the importance of the early years, pregnancy to 4 years.

Grants close midnight 30 September 2020.

Click here to apply B4 Community Grants

Important information

The B4 Early Years Community Storytellers Grants will close for applications on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

All Grant applications received prior to 27 March 2020 through the original call for applications, have been held and automatically resubmitted, and can be amended or updated.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the B4 Support Team on (03) 616 55666 or


B4 Community Champions

Are skilled community members whether they be employed or not and in any role Government, NGO etc., who are willing to be trained to deliver “B4 Community Story Tellers Training” using the “Facilitators’ Handbook for Training Community Early Years Story Tellers”, to key community members building a network of trained B4 Community Story Tellers.

As Community Champions are trained they will be added to the list for contact by communities who are seeking community members to be trained as B4 Community Story Tellers.

Current B4 Community Champions

Annette Fuller                   Southern

Courtney Hobbs               Northern

Jeanne Otto                      Southern

Suzanne Purdon               Southern

Di Nailon                           Northern

To contact a Community Champion please email B4 Support team

Or phone (03) 616 55666.


About the Community Story Tellers Project

In four communities, the B4 Community Story Tellers Project was piloted to test the effectiveness of a skilled, peer-to-peer transfer of early years knowledge through storytelling – the peers being natural community story tellers or leaders, not necessarily early years professionals.

“…the fastest way to increase community understanding of the importance of the early years and change behaviours is to upskill specific people within communities that are trusted and more likely to be able to influence other community members, with storytelling skills and knowledge of the importance of the early years.”

Healthy Tasmania. 2019 B4 Early Years Story Tellers Project Final report. P.2. Internal document

Natural story tellers/leaders were targeted as:

“there is a known and worrying gap between the expert and public understanding of the early years development in Australia,”

Kendall-Taylor, L. Lindland, E. (2013). P.13. Modernity, Morals and More Information: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understanding of Early Child Development in Australia. Frameworks Institute.

The pilot was highly successful in its aims to increase participants’ ability to have an early years conversation. B4 Early Years Community Grants allows the project to roll out more widely.