2018 Emerging Community Leaders Graduate

The second ever Emerging Community Leaders program concluded with a graduation ceremony at the Tasmanian Community Fund’s headquarters, bringing together participants, mentors and supporters of the program to celebrate their achievements.  The graduation ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by Her Excellency, the Governor, the Hon Kate Warner at Government House.

Some of the community sector’s best and brightest leaders have spent 12 months improving their leadership skills and making a difference in their local communities as part of the Emerging Community Leader’s program.

The program included 24 leaders from Tasmania’s community sector and equipped them 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.

TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the diverse group of participants in this year’s program showed that leadership came in many guises, with participants coming from around the state and bringing a variety of different skills to the table.

“Their skills were put to great use as the participants collaborated to devise projects that will make a difference in Tasmania,” Ms Darke said.

“The ‘Creativity in the Car Park’ project strengthened community spirit and saw students from East Devonport Primary School and Child and Family Centre team up with ECL participants and local artists to add a splash of colour to their learning space by painting an eight-panel mural aimed at increasing aspirations.

“Through engagement with this project, the ECL participants have not only developed their personal leadership skills, but given back to their local community in a meaningful way.

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

Other ECL projects included ‘Shake the Core’ that supported primary school children to avoid suspension and expulsion through re-engagement with the school environment, ‘Project D’, a support service for fathers of all cultures and backgrounds, and ‘Integrational Conversations’, which connects people of diverse backgrounds through the sharing of collective wisdom and lived experiences.

Registered musical therapist Alex Morse, who was involved in the Creativity in the Car Park project alongside five others, said ECL was a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with likeminded people who were dedicated to supporting the Tasmanian community.

“Creativity in the Car Park was a way for students to meaningfully engage in the creative arts, which are known to support the health and wellbeing of the community,” she said.

“It has allowed the students and their families to reflect on their future dreams and aspirations for the area and they very much enjoyed the experience and getting their hands messy with the paints.” SRA Corporate Change delivered the Emerging Community Leaders program in conjunction with the TCF across the state, which was structured around four residentials (ten days in total).

“I’m pleased to say that our participants in the Emerging Community Leaders program all have a commitment to make a difference for the long-term benefit of their local communities,” Ms Darke said.

Applications for the 2019 program have now closed.  Dates for the 2020 program will be published soon.

Community Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) has provided funding of more than $2.2 million to seven community wellbeing projects throughout Tasmania in its latest targeted grant round.

A project to coach and educate women to improve their health after pregnancy, a community framework to tackle complex social issues and a mental health program for Tasmanian sporting clubs are included in this round.

Diabetes Tasmania is undertaking a telephone-coaching program to assist in the prevention of post gestational diabetes in women.

Increased physical activity and weight loss after pregnancy can significantly reduce the risk of post gestational diabetes and telephone coaching is an effective way for dieticians to work with women at risk.

The grant allows Diabetes Tasmania to train ‘coaches’ and see up to 150 at-risk Tasmanian women recruited to participate in the program over two-and-a-half years.

One Community Together in Clarence Plains has been funded for a five-year period to put in place a ‘backbone service’ to assist in building a safer and more cohesive community.

One Community Together will utilise the resources of The Hobart City Mission to allow it to communicate better with Clarence Plains residents, create engagement that has greater community input, assist volunteers and provide administrative support.

Initiated by Relationships Australia and Speak up Stay ChatTY, the Stay ChatTY Sports Program is a three-year project that undertakes mental health promotion and early intervention for suicide prevention within Tasmanian sporting clubs.

The program will not only present to around 150 sporting clubs around the state, but also provide support to administrators and coaches to assist in handling mental health issues.

Other projects to receive grant funding in the TCF’s latest allocation include:

  • An education project supporting homeless men to learn new skills at Bethlehem House in Hobart.
  • Crisis support and accommodation expansion for the Jireh House Association in Kingston.
  • The Drug Education Network’s Community Peer Education project.
  • Addressing the effects of trauma and increasing the wellbeing of refugees and vulnerable migrants through a Red Cross project.

Announcing the grants, TCF chairwoman Sally Darke said the applicants in this round showed that there is a changing landscape of Tasmanian communities and the challenges they are facing.

“As the TCF approaches 20 years of providing funds to Tasmanian organisations the Board has recognised the need to help communities by funding projects which connect communities and build community wellbeing and life skills.”

“From 2020, the TCF will allocating $1.5M per year to community wellbeing initiatives to meet these challenges.”

“The board considered a range of projects which seek to improve community wellbeing and the skills of Tasmanians.”

“While many are wonderful initiatives, the applications that demonstrate strong and achievable objectives, a wider community need and support coupled with clear budgeting protocols are the projects or programs that prevail.”

Ms Darke said that just because a project or a program did not receive funding the first time it was submitted was no reason to abandon an idea.

“We encourage all groups that have applied for funding to study the feedback they have received following the latest grant round to see where they need to fill in the gaps in their applications,” she said.

Ms Darke said the Fund was proud to be supporting a diverse range of projects and programs.

“To date, the TCF has provided funding to more than 2800 projects in all areas of the state,” she said.

“The TCF is here to help the community undertake positive projects for the benefit of the whole community,” she said.

Increasing Workforce Engagement Large Project Funding Rounds

The Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for applications ($100 000 to $500 000) through the large program rounds for a range of collaborative and sustainable projects that increase Tasmanians capacity and capability to engage with or maintain engagement with the workforce in one or more of the following areas:

  • improving educational and life skill outcomes
  • increasing literacy and numeracy (including digital literacy)
  • improving active ageing and continued workforce engagement
  • increasing volunteer engagement (as a link to employment or mentoring programs)
  • increasing access to the workforce for specific groups eg migrant, disability
  • improving linkages between education, training and employers
  • developing skills for today and tomorrows workforce
  • increasing capacity to transition through life stages

Eligible applicants: Not-for-profit organisations proposing to undertake a project in Tasmania and who can provide, through their own or another parties resources, cash to the value of 10% of the amount being sought from the Tasmanian Community Fund towards the project.

Application process:  This will be a two stage application process.  Applicants that move through to Stage 2 will have to provide a strong business case that demonstrates value for money.

Project funding is available for:

  • a maximum of five years.
  • projects that are tailored for the Tasmanian community
  • programs, including pilot programs and research.
  • evaluation of the methodology being delivered (no more than 10% of amount being sought from the Fund)

Funding is not available for:

  • feasibility studies
  • duplication of existing services
  • infrastructure (more than 20% of the requested amount)
  • projects that can be more suitably funded by another organisation
  • projects that do not include collaboration and partnerships or a clear articulation as to why this is not possible.

Funding available: Around $1.5 million is available for allocation each year for five years (2018 to 2022).

2019 Opening Date: Round 38 including the large program round focused on increasing workforce engagement is now open.

The Tasmanian Community Fund will continue to evolve the scope and focus areas of the increasing workforce engagement rounds as feedback is received from the community.

Further information:  Contact the Fund Office on 6232 7269 or 6232 7043.