20 July 2017

Tasmanian Community Fund





Northern Board Vacancy
The Tasmanian Community Fund is excited to be seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced northern Tasmanian residents to fill a vacancy on the Board.  Applicants should have:
·         a deep understanding, empathy for and experience with diverse Tasmanian communities;
·         recent leadership experience in the Tasmanian community sector; and,
·         contemporary governance 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 providing grants to community organisations to improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.
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 Friday, 11 August 2017.

Grant Round 35
Grant Round 35 of the Tasmanian Community Fund will open at 8am on Saturday, 22 July 2017. Applications for small grants (up to $20,000) will close at 5.00pm on 6 September 2017. Applications for medium grants ($20,001 to $90,000) will close at 5pm on 27 September 2017. Stage 1 applications for large infrastructure grants ($100 000 to $300 000) will close on 23 August 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-December 2017.
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.
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. The guidelines and the application forms are available on the Tasmanian Community Fund website.
Grant Round 36 including small and medium general grants and large collaborative program projects focused on increasing workforce engagement grants will open on 20 January 2018.

Community Forum – Oatlands
Community groups are invited to attend a free forum hosted by the Tasmanian Community Fund Board in Oatlands from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Monday, 7 August 2017.  The forum will be held at the Southern Midlands Council Chambers, 71 High Street, Oatlands.
Come along to hear how you can maximise your chances of receiving a grant.
To attend the forum, please email admin@tascomfund.org or phone 6232 7269 to rsvp.

North and North West Visits
Tasmanian Community Fund staff will be in Burnie, Devonport and Launceston in August.  This is an opportunity for groups who would like to meet with a staff member to discuss their application to do so in person or if there are any problems accessing or using SmartyGrants to get some one-on-one assistance.
Staff will be in Launceston on Monday, 21 August and in Devonport and Burnie on Tuesday, 22 August.  If you would like to make an appointment please phone the Tasmanian Community Fund Office on 03 6232 7269.  Venue details will be provided at the time of your booking and with your appointment confirmation.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grants
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is now open, for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit in rural, regional and remote communities across Australia, with priority given to communities of 15,000 people or fewer. The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It provides small grants of up to $15,000, or technology equipment, to community organisations to help convert their ideas to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities into reality.
Applications close on Monday, 7 August. Other grant opportunities on the horizon include Domino’s Give for Good, opening on 17 July and Small Grants for Rural Communities, opening on 7 August. You can find out more about the programs and how to apply on the FRRR website, or if you have any further questions, please call Mandy Grinblat or Hannah Jakab on 1800 170 020.

Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania
The Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania (MYC) is a club that has a focus on boating but also provides facilities which the general public can utilise for a variety of social, community and private purposes. MYC promotes and encourages the building and use of motor boats, yachts and other marine craft; the service of seamanship and navigation; and motor boat racing, by the promotion of regattas and races, and trials of speed and endurance. MYC also formulates rules to govern races and trials; represents and protects the interests of motor boat owners and operators; and promotes and furthers motor boating across Tasmania. More ...

Community Wellbeing Targeted Round Information Sessions
In 2018, the Tasmanian Community Fund will be calling for expressions of interest ($300 000 to $500 000) for a range of collaborative and sustainable projects that improve the wellbeing of Tasmanians in one or more of the following areas:
·         Improving mental health outcomes
·         Improving educational outcomes
·         Reducing violence including bullying
·         Enhancing preventable health outcomes
·         Reducing homelessness
·         Increasing social cohesion
·         Diverting from the justice system
·         Addressing addictive behaviours
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.
Information sessions will be held in Hobart at 2.30pm on 29 August (please note date change), in Launceston at 10.30am on 5 September and in Burnie at 3pm on 5 September.  To RSVP please email admin@tascomfund.org

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