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Southern Board Vacancy

The Tasmanian Community Fund is excited to be seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced southern Tasmanian residents to fill a vacancy on the Board.  Applicants should have:

  • a deep understanding of, empathy for and experience with diverse Tasmanian communities, in particular southern communities;
  • recent leadership experience in the Tasmanian community sector;
  • a comprehensive knowledge of the community health sector and/or the pathways to employment sector.
  • contemporary governance and strategic planning skills and demonstrated experience as a Non-Executive Director.

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 and is administered by an independent board.  The Fund invests in and strengthens Tasmanian communities by supporting projects that contribute to vibrant Tasmanian communities that are capable and resilient in shaping their future.

Interested applicants should contact admin@tascomfund.org to obtain a copy of the position description and selection criteria.  Applications should be submitted online at the address provided in the position description by Wednesday, 7 August 2019.


Grant Round 39 - Opening 13 July 2019

Grant Round 39 of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open at 8am on Saturday, 13 July 2019. Applications for small grants ($1,000 to $20,000) will close at 5.00pm on 11 September 2019. Applications for medium grants ($20,001 to $70,000) will close at 5pm on 25 September 2019. Stage 1 applications for large infrastructure/equipment grants ($100 000 to $300 000) will close on 21 August 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-December 2019.

All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines thoroughly as they provide information on eligible projects, the feedback given to previous applicants, additional advice to applicants and advice on information to include within the application.  The guidelines and the application forms will be available on the Tasmanian Community Fund website in early July.

Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their project with Tasmanian Community Fund staff (phone 6232 7043 or 6232 7269 or email admin@tascomfund.org) before submitting their application.


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.


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 in late January/early February 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.


2019 Emerging Community Leaders Underway

The 2019 Emerging Community Leaders program is underway with participants having enjoyed their second residential and now planning group projects.

Applications for our 2020 Emerging Community Leaders program are now open.