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Grant program opens

Vital support for Tasmanians in need

The next round of the Tasmanian Government’s highly successful Community Support Levy is open from today, says Greens Human Services Minister Cassy O'Connor.
 
The Levy diverts a portion of gaming machine profits to support communities most affected by problem gambling.
 
The latest round offers grants of up to $25,000.
 
“As a progressive Government, we’re fundamentally committed to supporting Tasmanians in need, as well as communities engaging in healthy alternatives to gambling,” Ms O’Connor said.
 
“We’ll always look to share wealth and level the playing field in a way that’s more fair and equitable,” she said.
 
The previous grant round provided more than $350,000 for about 55 grassroots community projects over the past 15 months.
 
That included a program to help bring homeless men closer to their children, and camps to support young people at risk of social alienation.
 
“It’s fantastic to see this support making such a difference in the lives of people who may be doing it tough, but have so much to offer,” Ms O’Connor said.
 
“These are relatively small grants. But whenever I visit people and groups that are doing something really special and valuable with the funding, I’m reminded that it’s some of the most important support we can provide,” she said.
 
There are two grant categories for charitable community groups to apply for:
 
• Up to $5,000 per group for equipment purchases;
 
• Up to $25,000 (plus GST) per organisation for community projects.
 
Applications close on Friday November 22nd. There’s more information at: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/gambling/grants/2013-2014_ CSL_Grants.