Major grants were awarded to:
- University of Tasmania Foundation ($350,000 to enable children in the north west to join Children’s University, an internationally-proven aspiration and attainment raising initiative).
- The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Tasmania) Property Trust ($350,000 to establish a program on the north west coast to support vulnerable families at risk of children being removed and supporting parents working towards family reunification).
- From Learning and Life Centre (Huddle) Ltd ($360,000 to roll out the Australian-first e-Huddle program for grade three to 12 students to increase knowledge and retention of science, technology, engineering and maths through a sport themed curriculum).
- The Trustee for the Pennicott Foundation Trust Fund ($250,000 for NatureTrackers to watch over local threatened species).
TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the grants would all make a significant, positive difference to the lives of many individuals and communities across the state.
“The TCF Board is once again very pleased to be able to support so many worthwhile and diverse projects and programs through the awarding of these grants,” she said.
“Our grants assist both large and small organisations, and the Board welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge the important work these groups do in support of the communities in which they operate.”
Other projects to benefit from the latest round of grants include:
- Apex Club of Ulverstone ($90,000 for Apex House redevelopment).
- Bridgewater PCYC ($82,500 for the Bridgwater PCYC to work collaboratively with Bridgewater High School to create a program of coaching intervention for troubled students and mentoring for head students).
- Junction Arts Festival ($36,750 for a pop up performance venue).
- Lions Club of City of Devonport ($50,000 for a new mini bus for the School of Special Education, Devonport).
- Meehan Range Trail Groomers ($83,000 for Meehan Range entry zones skill park and mountain bike trail development).
- Port Dalrymple Yacht Club ($90,000 for jetty and pontoon redevelopment).
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ($88,305 for Beelzebub, Pup, the remarkable Tasmanian Devil – an interdisciplinary program of activities about the plight of the Tasmanian devil).
Board members individually assess each application and then meet to make a decision about each application.
Criteria includes community need, community outcomes, sustainability, value for money, community support, value of the investment being sought and capacity of the organisation to manage the project implementation.
Round 35 of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open on 22 July, 2017.
Guidelines and links to application forms will be available, shortly before the round opens, on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on telephone 6232 7043 or 6232 7269.
The full list of grant recipients from Grant Round 34 can be found at www.tascomfund.org.
About the Tasmanian Community Fund
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 the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.
Since 2000, including this latest grant round, the TCF has provided more than $88 million to nearly 2600 projects in all parts of the state.