Grant funding to benefit Tasmanian communities

THE Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has provided more than $3 million to 73 projects throughout Tasmania in its latest grant round.

Funding included upgrades to a popular BMX track, a new community kitchen, instruments and music for young musicians and running chairs, which enable disabled children to participate in sporting events (round 36).

TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the grants would make a positive difference in the lives of many individuals and communities.

“It is a source of pride for the TCF Board to support so many worthwhile projects and programs in Tasmania through these grants,” she said.

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) has been given a grant of $53,000 to improve access to music for young Tasmanians through the purchase of instruments and music.

TYO general manager Michelle Forbes said music was incredibly rewarding, but it could be very costly, especially for families of children who wanted to take it further.

“With support from the TCF, we are better able to tailor the repertoire for our young musicians and, very importantly, make it accessible to the greater Tasmanian community,” she said.

“Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is hugely grateful to the Tasmanian Community Fund for this opportunity to expand our educational resources and ensure our organisation can grow sustainably.

“Additional instruments and music in the TYO library are fantastic and through building an online catalogue and hire process, we can make them accessible to schools and community organisations right across Tasmania.”

Included in this round was $1.1 million in grants to organisations to assist in projects that focused on increasing workforce engagement, which Ms Darke said was a key focus area for the TCF and much needed in our state.

“Big hART has a project to assist young people aged 13 to 16 on the north west coast, especially girls, improve their skills in using digital technology for work,” she said.

“Launceston City Mission has a mentoring program funded to assist at risk youth to find a career that suits them.

“The TCF will soon distribute the 100 millionth dollar from the fund, so it is important for us to continue to meet the changing needs of the Tasmanian community, and workforce participation is certainly one of those areas.

“The TCF continues to strategically evolve its funding programs to better meet the needs of Tasmanians by focusing on workforce engagement, community wellbeing and community infrastructure.”

The TCF’s Community Wellbeing targeted round is currently open and will close on 11 July.

The fund is seeking large collaborative and sustainable program projects that improve the wellbeing of Tasmanians ($300,000 to $500,000).

The fund’s next general grant round, round 37, will open on 21 July.

Guidelines and links to application forms will be available on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on telephone 6232 7043 or 6232 7269.

The TCF was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

An independent funding body, the fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.

Caption: From left, William Dunbabin, Hannah Gregory, Jaida Vanderplas, TCF board member Heather Francis and Hwee-Lin Yee.