$100 million in community funding

THE Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has gathered together with community groups and organisations across the state to usher in the awarding of its $100 millionth to the Tasmanian community.

A special event to celebrate the major milestone was held at the Hobart Town Hall last month, attended by past and present grant recipients and supporters of the TCF, with additional events also held in the north and north-west of the state.

TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the awarding of the $100 millionth to the Tasmanian community was a great achievement for the Fund.

“The distribution of the $100 millionth is a celebration of the impact we have had, and continue to have, on Tasmania and Tasmanians,” she said.

“We are repeatedly impressed by the projects and organisations supported, with community groups demonstrating enthusiasm, commitment and resourcefulness.

“We are proud to have created such a proud legacy of supporting a diverse range of projects and programs, helping community organisations and groups make a positive impact in their communities.”

Since its first funding round in 2000, the TCF has supported more than 2,870 projects in all areas of the state.

Ms Darke said the Fund would continue to support and invest in the Tasmanian community.

“The TCF is here to help the community create a positive future that will benefit the whole of the state,” she said.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Tasmanian communities and organisations to help them achieve their goals.”

In honour of providing $100 million in funds to the Tasmanian community, the TCF will be rolling out a video series in the upcoming weeks, celebrating the hundreds of community groups, organisations and individuals that have made a difference across the state.

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.

To view the list of successful grant recipients from the latest grant round (Grant Round 37) and all other recipients go to: www.tascomfund.org

The next round of the Tasmanian Community Fund is now open.

 

Fund facts:

The Tasmanian Community Fund Board has assessed more than 8,800 grant applications for funding, totalling more than $458 million.

 

It has awarded:

$5.63 million to organisations focused on improving the lives of Tasmanians living with disabilities.

$1.96 million to organisations/projects focused on improving the lives or providing services to elderly Tasmanians.

$2.17 to organisations that improve Tasmania’s environment.

$1.49 million to scout and girl guide groups.

$1.98 million to police and community youth groups.

$2.16 million to skate parks, bike tracks and walking tracks.

$880,000 to the National Trust to preserve Tasmania’s historic buildings and history.

$1.12 million to projects supporting the preservation and celebrations of Aboriginal heritage and culture.

$625,000 to community garden projects.

$2.12 million to the Menzies Institute and Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust.

$495,000 to community radio projects.

$930,000 to live theatre and ballet productions.

$1.26 million to community bands, orchestras and choirs.

$270,000 to significant public gardens.

$1.35 million to surf lifesaving clubs.

$1.15 million to organisations supporting victims of sexual assault or violence.

$500,000 to child care or playgroups.

$7.84 million to the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Red Cross, Common Ground, Lifeline, Mission Australia, Smith Family, UnitingCare, St Vincent de Paul, Save the Children, and Colony 47.

$1.34 million to assist Rotary, Rotaract, Lions, Lioness, Probus, and Apex clubs.

$2.07 million to the Hobart and Launceston City Missions.

$3.40 million to neighbourhood/community houses and the Tasmanian Association of Community Houses.

$1.27 million to community/men’s sheds.

Caption: From left, Paul Thomas, from Friends of Randalls Bay Coastcare, Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds, Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke and Captain Sarah Parry, from the Windeward Bound.