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TCF Chair Sally Darke reflects on the organisation’s 21st birthday

I am extremely fortunate to travel the state and see the many community groups and not-for-profit organisations making a difference in their local communities.

As my TCF colleagues and I attend to assessing applications, monitoring projects under way and attending launch events, what strikes us the most is the passion Tasmanians have to want to improve the lives of those around them.

The Tasmanian Community Fund arose from the sale of the Trust Bank. As part of that sale an annual appropriation was made available for a community fund to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations.

The Board of the Trust Bank, led by Gerald Loughran, had amazing foresight 21 years ago and we continue to serve their purpose.  More ...

Community Forum - Smithton

Wheels to Waves

A new initiative promoting inclusion and equality is supporting people with disabilities to hit the waves, with a $10,000 grant provided by the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) to Surf Life Saving Tasmania helping fund therapeutic beach access wheelchairs.

Wheels to Waves aims to provide people with disabilities with the opportunity to access the beach and ocean through a network of custom-made wheelchairs managed by Surf Life Saving Tasmania and the clubs across the state.

The project launched at Kingston Beach in late March, with Porth Sorell, Ulverstone and Bicheno being the other three clubs to host one of four beach access wheelchairs.

The funding will also go towards the construction of infrastructure that will enable 24/7 accessibility for the wheelchairs.  More ...

Project Presentations

The Tasmanian Community Fund recently held their annual project presentation days where representatives from 25 funded TCF programs shared an update with their fellow recipients and the TCF Board and staff. The presentation days offered an opportunity for organisations and projects in the areas of workforce engagement and improving wellbeing to learn about each other’s work and identify opportunities for future connection. The days also provided a platform in which to communicate outcomes and stories of both successes and learnings and to pave the way for future collaborations across the sector.

A highlight during the presentation days was hearing the stories of change and benefits to participants in programs and particularly hearing directly from two employees from Hamlet Inc, a social enterprise that provides pathways to employment in the hospitality industry for Tasmanian’s experiencing barriers to employment. The TCF wish to thank Kye and Laura for sharing their personal stories and congratulate them on the many successes they have achieved during their employment journey at Hamlet.  More ...

Community Actions Grants Opening Soon

Since its inception the Tasmanian Community Fund has strived to meet the needs of the Tasmanian community and communities.  This is in recognition of the Fund's role as a significant source of support for grassroots activities.

The Fund is committed to continuing to support local community driven projects across Tasmania.

The 2021 Community Action Grants will focus on community wellbeing, increasing workforce engagement and community infrastructure that leads to increased community wellbeing.

Applications seeking $5 000 to $50 000 will open on 17 April 2021. Applications close on the 23 June 2021.  The application form and guidelines will be available on the TCF website from 12 April 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6165 8333 or email before submitting their application.

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