Treasurer Michael Ferguson released the Tasmanian 2023–24 budget on May 25 with the motto ‘Building Tasmania’s future: strong, safe, secure’.
Funding highlights for community groups and social sector services included:
- $373 million to Homes Tasmania to continue to provide housing and homelessness services, deliver new initiatives, and provide funding supports for its capital program
- $264 million to the Community Housing Growth Program and capital housing projects
- $19.6 million to meet increased demand for and support the delivery of the Safe at Home program
- $10 million for a Tasmanian Active Infrastructure Grants Program. Note: this was previously announced in February 2023 by the Minister for Sport and Recreation.
- $4.4 million to support cultural and sporting events
- $2.7 million for Tasmania’s veteran community with funding for RSL Tasmania as well as the Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program and the Veteran Wellbeing Voucher Program
- $2.4 million to to support arts organisations to deliver productions and services, and improve financial sustainability and longevity of programs and activities
- $2.1 million for community service organisations to help ease pressures of rising costs of service delivery
- $2 million for the Agriculture Innovation Fund that deliver benefits to the state’s agricultural sector
- $1.75 million for Tasmania’s neighbourhood houses, with each of the 35 houses in the network receiving an additional $50,000
- $1.5 million for a new Affordable Rentals Initiative, which will assist in making housing more attainable for those grappling with high rental costs
- $1.4 million to support the continuation of the Weed Action Fund, which tackles serious weeds that affect valuable agricultural land and the natural environment
- $1 million over two years to Screen Tasmania
- $685,000 for small business sector grants for the Small Business Growth Strategy
- $360,000 in additional funding to the School Lunch Project to support schools to purchase kitchen equipment and implement healthy lunch programs
- $350,000 towards the extension of the Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Grants Program to fund tools, capital works, and mental health and wellbeing initiatives
- $225,000 in additional funding for the Landcare Action Grants Program
Other highlights included:
- boosting and expanding the $50 million Energy Saver Loan Scheme to help households and small business to lower their power bills
- small scale funding announcements for mental health, LGBTIQA+ Tasmanians and (in addition to the funding mentioned above) neighbourhood houses
- $300,000 to support state sporting organisations
It's still unclear when or how this money will trickle down to not-for-profits and community groups, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for grant updates relevant to Funding Centre members.
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