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2019 Emerging Community Leaders Graduate

The achievements of some 2019 Emerging Community Leaders participants were recently celebrated at their graduation ceremony.

23 people from across the state participated in the 2019 program and were equipped to positively contribute as a leader in their sector with a focus on increasing their skills in governance, finance, leadership, management, communication and project management.

Throughout the year, participants worked on the design, development and implementation of a community project, with the end result being four diverse projects that benefitted the community.

Among those graduating this year is Diabetes Tasmanian health and advocacy manager Minke Hoekstra.

Ms Hoekstra team’s project titled ‘Take Me Too’ focused on providing social and cultural participation opportunities for young Tasmanians who were currently at risk of homelessness in Southern Tasmania.

Working with youth homelessness services, the project enabled a group of people to visit three of Tasmania’s top cultural and arts destinations – MONA, Port Arthur Historic Site and an evening at the Theatre Royal to watch ‘The Sapphires’.

“With the current housing crisis and limited funding opportunities, many young Tasmanians experiencing homelessness simply don’t get the chance to benefit from experiences like these,” Ms Hoekstra said.

“This social inclusion project aimed to promote a sense of connection between young people and their community, which in turn, can help to boost confidence, improve life skills and resilience and reduce risk of homelessness.”

Ms Hoekstra said she learnt about her own strengths and weaknesses, encouraging anyone who wanted to develop their leadership skills to apply for the 2020 Emerging Community Leaders program.

“The program gave me the chance to learn how I can become an effective leader within my workplace and the community sector, as well as in my personal life,” she said.

“You’ll see what untapped potential you have as a leader and what a positive difference you could make in your workplace and community to help make Tasmania an even better place to live.”

Professionals from SRA Corporate Change delivered the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the TCF across the state.

TCF chairperson Sally Darke said leadership was a vital ingredient in making positive change within the community and that the TCF was proud to be playing a part in improving the leadership skills in the Tasmanian community sector through the Emerging Community Leaders program.

“These projects are the perfect example of community leaders working with local groups to benefit and support the wider community,” she said.

“The diverse group of participants in this year’s program shows that leadership comes in many guises, with participants coming from around the state and bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Each participant had vision, energy and commitment to their sector and learnt much more about themselves and how to better shape their future as leaders in Tasmania.

“We are now receiving applications for our fourth Emerging Community Leaders program, which will commence in early 2020, where we will see new ideas, passion and relationships develop to grow our next leaders in the community sector.”


Round 38

The Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has provided $2.87 million to 72 projects throughout Tasmania in its latest grant round.

Upgrades to heritage garden irrigation infrastructure, trishaw bikes to increase mobility in seniors and support for a program of festivals and events to support domestic and international tourism are just some of the projects to benefit.

TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the grants would make a positive difference in the lives of many individuals and communities.
“It is a great source of pride for the TCF Board to support so many worthwhile projects and programs in Tasmania through these grants,” she said.

Also included in this funding round are four large grants to organisations to assist in projects focused on increasing workforce engagement, which Ms Darke said was a key focus area for the TCF and much needed in our state.

“The large grants include Youth Family and Community Connections’ ‘Fit for Work’ program to work with at-risk youth, Hamlet Inc. to launch its new catering business, Flourish Mental Health Action in our Hands Inc for its Peer Worker Service, and Dress for Success Hobart,” she said.

“After distributing our $100 millionth dollar from the Fund earlier this year, 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.”
A list of support projects can be found here.

Note that Round 39 outcomes will be announced mid December.


Increasing Workforce Engagement and Community Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for program based applications focused on Increasing Workforce Engagement and Community Wellbeing in Grant Round 40 which will open on 25 January 2020.

The TCF have allocated $1.5 million for Increasing Workforce Engagement and $1.5 million for Community Wellbeing in this round.  This will be the third year of a five year commitment to Increasing Workforce Engagement and the first year of a four year commitment to Community Wellbeing (following on from a targeted round focused on Community Wellbeing in 2018).

Successful applications will include sustainable delivery and outcomes, demonstrate cooperation and collaboration, demonstrate community need and that the delivery model chosen will meet that need and will include a minimum of 10% cash contribution, from the applicant or another organisation, of the amount being sought from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Applicants may seek up to $500 000 over a maximum of 5 years from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

More information will be provided closer to the grant round. If you have a project idea, it is never to early to start your project planning, please call Lola at the Tasmanian Community Fund office on 6232 7043.


$100 Million Celebrations

The Tasmanian Community Fund celebrated the awarding of $100 million to the Tasmanian community with events in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.

The events were a celebration of community and it was wonderful to hear so many stories of success and growth from the community and to understand the impact of the TCF across the community.

At the events, TCF Chairwoman Sally Darke was delighted to launch a series of videos that highlight the impact of the Tasmanian Community Fund particularly our small and medium projects.  One video provides a snapshot from the 13 projects involved. The video can be found on our Facebook page. The 13 individual project videos will appear over the coming weeks.

The Tasmanian Community Fund thanks Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds and Mayors Albert van Zetten and Annette Rockliff for acknowledging the work of the Tasmanian Community Fund during the events and thanks the Launceston and Hobart City Councils for providing venues for our events.

The TCF thanks everyone who attended the celebrations for sharing their stories and for their on-going contribution to the Tasmanian community.