Supporting grassroots community organisations

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Community Services and Development

Tasmanian Government funding of more than $300,000 will support community organisations to deliver projects that will provide the infrastructure and equipment that organisations need to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 Community Support Levy Charitable Organisations Grants Round concentrates on social support, in particular, social connectedness and social inclusion.

This funding ensures 28 organisations can deliver 28 projects across the state, including 16 small equipment grants and 12 community project grants.

The small equipment grants of up to $5,000 enable organisations to add value to their services through the purchase of equipment, including:

  • $5,000 for Burnie Community House to install a commercial dishwasher that will free up volunteers to provide more community programs;
  • $2,442 for Fingal Valley Community House for IT equipment to produce The Valley and East Coast Voice community newsletter;
  • $5,000 for Huonville PCYC to install new equipment in their community gym; and
  • $1,500 for Starting Point Neighbourhood House for a walk-in greenhouse to grow more seedlings and produce more fresh food for community programs.

Community project grants of up to $25,000 enable organisations to enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable individuals, families and communities, including:

  • $23,540 for Devonport Men’s Shed to construct a link between buildings and gathering space that will provide safe and easy access to shed programs for all members, including those with mobility issues;
  • $25,000 for Geeveston Community Centre for a market garden mentorship program that will increase community food literacy and gardening skills and build community connections with local growers;
  • $25,000 for Special Olympics Australia for an all-abilities play-based program that will increase movement skills, mental and physical wellbeing and social competence for children with intellectual disability; and
  • $22,500 for St Helens Neighbourhood House to provide mental health information outreach program that will increase community awareness of mental health support services and reduce community stigma around mental illness.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is a strong supporter of charitable organisations and the vital role they play in supporting Tasmanians and building stronger communities.

We congratulate the 2020-21 Grant Round recipients and we look forward to seeing these projects, which will support the wellbeing of Tasmanians, come to fruition.

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