Investing in Local Communities

More than $470,000 will be injected into Tasmanian communities through the latest round of Community Support Levy grants.

The grants are funded from a levy on the profits of gaming machines in hotels and clubs.

The 2013-2014 Community Support Levy Charitable Organisations Grants Program grants round funded 41 community organisations for 48 equipment purchase or community project grants totalling $474,004.

Some of the charitable organisations to receive grants were:

  • Tasmanian School Canteen Association ($20,774) for the Slow Food For Fast Growing program which uses local produce in teaching cooking skills to families in low socio-economic, rural and remote areas.
  • Hobart PCYC ($25,905) for the You Go Girl program which supports confidence building and personal change for homeless girls aged 13-18 through education and practical participation activities.
  • Bridgewater PCYC ($24,345) for a program to support at-risk young people to attend school by providing positive, healthy after-school sport and recreation options.
  • Jireh House ($5,038) for a commercial washer and dryer for women accessing the crisis centre.
  • Migrant Resource Centre Hobart ($18,432) for a Steps to Employment Program which provides tailored training for former refugees and humanitarian entrant job seekers.
  • OAK Tasmania ($3,300) for iPads to give people with disabilities opportunities to develop digital literacy skills.
  • SecondBite ($20,020) to support the 2014 Emergency Food Relief Outreach Service to deliver 5000 hampers per months to vulnerable Tasmanians. 
  • Tandara Lodge ($2,200) for physical therapy and rehabilitation equipment to allow delivery of contemporary therapy services to elderly and chronically ill clients.
  • Longford Men's Shed ($4,656) for mechanical workshop equipment to increase mentorship, confidence, social participation and skills sharing for community shed members.
  • Bethlehem House ($27,060) for a project to improve health outcomes for homeless men by providing them with access to a GP and allied health services.
  • Westbury Community Garden ($16,341) for a shade sail to protect volunteers, workshop participants, school students and other users accessing the community garden.

More details on the Community Support Levy and the latest round of grant recipients can be found at http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/gambling/grants