$1M Of Community Action Grants Awarded

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The Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) have announced $1 million worth of funding to 29 projects across Tasmania that improve wellbeing, increase workforce engagement, increase leadership capacity, and improve community infrastructure.

Tasmanian organisations received up to $50,000 each to help establish their projects.

Included in the funding is a Tool Library for a men’s shed, an outdoor schools program for Circular Head students, a hospital playground for young patients, and visitors and the recording of an ABC children’s cartoon in the Tasmanian Aboriginal language of palawa kani.

Rotary Club of Youngtown member and committee chair of the project Chris Westlake said they were thrilled to receive the final $35,000 from the TCF to help get the Tool Library off the ground.

“A Tool Library works just like a book library, but people borrow tools and equipment instead of books,” Mr Westlake said.

“We know of similar enterprises interstate that have been very effective, and due to the popularity of the Kings Meadows Men’s Shed we’re really confident that it will be a useful to the community.”

The Rotary Club of Youngtown has also collaborated with The City of Launceston and the Federal Government to assist with the installation of a new shed to house the library.

“The types of tools available for people to borrow will include power tools, hand tools and garden tools,” Mr Westlake said.

“Tools and equipment will either be donated or collected from landfill, tested and tagged, stored, and catalogued to create an online inventory that allows people to select and borrow items for up to seven days with an option to renew if they still need them to finish their job.”

The Central Auxiliary from The Royal Hobart Hospital has collaborated with local Rotary clubs, the Royal Hobart Hospital and the TCF to build a playground in an unused area immediately behind the central kiosk to create an opportunity for children to be occupied while concerned parents and carers await information and advice on ill hospitalised loved ones.

Smithton High School’s Life Lab program will see students and their classmates take their learnings and progress out into the broader community and see tangible outcomes be enjoyed by others while they gain the practical skills linked to their first VET qualification.

Hobart based theatre company Big Monkey Theatre was been awarded over $47,000 to make a palawa kani recording of an episode of the multi award-winning Indigenous children’s animated television series titled Little J and Big Cuz, which is broadcast on NITV and ABC Kids, as well as other Indigenous channels.

TCF Chair Sally Darke said the TCF Board was proud to be able to support local community driven projects across Tasmania and the Tool Library was a fine example of organisations collaborating to meet the needs of their local community.

“The Tool Library will be set up as a volunteer led social enterprise and aims to be financially sustainable,’ Ms Darke said.

“We know the Fund is a significant source of support for grassroots activities in the state and in this round we were impressed with the passion, innovation and hard work of the many volunteers and leaders driving these projects.”

“Improving the wellbeing of Tasmanians is something the TCF strives to achieve, and we look forward to seeing how these projects will have a positive effect on their communities.”