TCF Chair Sally Darke reflects on the organisation’s 21st birthday

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I am extremely fortunate to travel the state and see the many community groups and not-for-profit organisations making a difference in their local communities.

As my TCF colleagues and I attend to assessing applications, monitoring projects under way and attending launch events, what strikes us the most is the passion Tasmanians have to want to improve the lives of those around them.

The Tasmanian Community Fund arose from the sale of the Trust Bank. As part of that sale an annual appropriation was made available for a community fund to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations.

The Board of the Trust Bank, led by Gerald Loughran, had amazing foresight 21 years ago and we continue to serve their purpose.

Since the year 2000, the board has assessed more than 9,500 applications for funding, requesting more than $511 million and awarded more than $114 million in grants to more than 3,100 projects. Some small, some large, but all very important.

The Fund has always transitioned to meet community needs. There was more focus on infrastructure in the early days, with a lot of buildings and community assets still being utilised today because of the investment of the TCF.

Over time our focus has shifted to today, where we are focusing on making our communities capable and resilient in shaping their future. Community wellbeing and workforce engagement are now a central focus as we move to recover from the covid-19 pandemic

We know that with the amount of money allocated, and the number and diversity of successful projects, the Fund is a significant resource for Tasmanian community organisations.

I’m so pleased that our vibrant Tasmanian communities can remain capable and resilient in shaping their future with our assistance.

Our first 21 years would not have been possible without our fantastic staff always ready and willing to assist and a community with large numbers of volunteers contributing such incredible grassroots work to improve the lives of all Tasmanians.

Our Board is made up of passionate Tasmanians with a wealth of experience across a diverse range of industries and practices and I thank them and the board members that came before us for continuing to deliver the vision of the founding Board 21 years ago.

Photo: The Tasmanian Community Fund commenced its year of celebration with a reception at Government House.