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$4 million for projects to flow to Tasmanian communities

THE Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has provided more than $4 million to 32 projects throughout Tasmania in its latest grant round incorporating medium and large projects.

Included in the funding was a service to assist older Tasmanians experiencing elder abuse and two programs designed to support those exiting the criminal justice system and their families.

Founder of Connect42 and speech pathologist Rosalie Martin said the ‘Just Moving On’ program invested in the most stigmatised and marginalised people in the community, assisting them to find their hopes and dreams, forgiveness, fairness and second chance.

“Just Moving On supports men, women and youth exiting the criminal justice system to be connected with family, education and employment, and builds on the skills and connections developed through the ‘Just Time’ program, which already is delivered within Risdon Prison,” she said.

“Well-delivered programs like ‘Just Moving On’ are proven to reduce reoffending and support social reintegration into the community – delivering a safer, more productive and engaged society to all.

“The TCF has given Connect42 the opportunity to partner with the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to connect our work with their job readiness skills development experience.”

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief operating officer Colleen Reardon said the connection with businesses could not understated in relation to job readiness.

“It’s vital that the business community takes a strong leadership role with initiatives like this,” she said.

“The benefits to the broader community will be significant and we will work with our members to ensure we can make a real impact in people’s lives.”

Kickstart Arts chief executive officer Jami Bladel said ‘The Freedom Project’ was a partnership with Justice Tasmania and established a new studio with an arts for justice program to support the health and wellbeing for people who have suffered trauma and drug addiction.

“We are very grateful to the Tas Community Fund for the opportunity to establish a new program that will do a power of good for the community,” she said.

TCF chair Sally Darke said the TCF Board was proud to be able to support so many worthwhile projects and programs in Tasmania through the grants.

“It is important that we are able to meet the needs of our communities, and this round continues to show how the Fund has adapted to meet these needs,” she said.

Ms Darke said the TCF has strategically evolved its funding programs to better meet the needs of Tasmanians by focusing on workforce engagement, community wellbeing and community infrastructure.

“The Fund is in its 20th year of operation and it is important to continue to meet the changing needs of the Tasmanian community, and improving infrastructure is certainly one of those areas.

The Fund’s next Covid-19 specific round will open in July and seek to specifically help Tasmanian communities to support, connect and rebuild after the pandemic.

The Tasmanian Community Fund 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 social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.

Visit the Fund’s website www.tascomfund.org or contact the Fund Office on 6165 8333 for more information.

Caption: From left, Tasmanian Community Fund senior executive officer Lola Cowle, Connect42 chair Rikki Mawad and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief operating officer Colleen Reardon.