The MyState Foundation has today announced more than $145,000 in grants to support 17 Tasmanian charitable organisations to help to build a bright future for young people across the state.
The MyState Foundations grants will have a huge positive impact across the state, from giving young women a helping hand in chasing their employment dreams with Dress for Success, to increasing youth worker support for disengaged youth at the Bridgewater PCYC.
The MyState Foundation has helped thousands of young Tasmanians since 2001, with the simple mission: To provide young Tasmanians with greater opportunities.
The Foundation has awarded more than $2.69 million in grants to 149 Tasmanian not-for-profit organisations, supporting over 370 initiatives. In addition, the MyState Foundation is investing $56,800 over three years to deliver a new pilot program called JumpStart in partnership with Colony 47.
MyState Managing Director and CEO Brett Morgan said the 2023 grants of between $3,000 and $10,000 would help hundreds of young Tasmanians.
“As a proud Tasmanian based bank, we have a firm commitment to giving back to the community,” Mr Morgan said.
“This support has never been more important than right now, when the cost of living pressures are taking a toll on Tasmania’s charitable organisations with many reporting both an increase in demand and a decrease in donations.
“Grant recipient Tassie Mums has reported more than a 30 per cent increase in demand for the essential baby and children’s items it provides to vulnerable and at-risk children.
“With the MyState Foundation grant of $8,530, and an additional $7,200 from donations from MyState staff, Tassie Mums will be able to purchase highchairs, car seats and prams for children in cases of financial hardship, family violence and homelessness.
“Through the Foundation, we have provided millions of dollars in grants to organisations that are making a genuine difference to young Tasmanians and helping them to reach their full potential.
“I firmly believe that an investment in young Tasmanians today, is an investment that will keep on giving for generations to come.”
Tassie Mums CEO Clair Harris said the MyState Foundation Grant would help to support the safety and well-being of hundreds of children.
“For families, the support these items provide can be incredibly beneficial,” Ms Harris said. “It can mean safely coming home from hospital with a new baby or being able to walk to school with a young child safely secured in a warm, clean and safe pram.
“This financial year we have supported just over 1,800 children, our team of dedicated volunteers have created over 1,300 clothing bundles and over 1,000 toiletry packs. We've been supported by and sent support out into almost every corner of the state.
“We now work with 80 social service organisations supporting 240 caseworkers and professionals to ensure children most in need are receiving basic items for a safe start.”
MyState Foundation chair Bob Gordon said the MyState Foundation grants would be welcome relief for many organisations and the young Tasmanians they support.
“Over the past two decades, the Foundation has helped more than 138,730 young Tasmanians across the state to gain greater opportunities,” Mr Gordon said.
“This year’s grants couldn’t be better timed, with so many Tasmanian organisations struggling to meet growing demand. The recipients couldn’t be more worthy of support, with every single organisation doing such impactful and life-changing work with young Tasmanians.”
|Choose Life Services||Youth Connection Program||Statewide||$10,000|
|JCP Youth Ltd||BEAST Program||Statewide||$10,000|
|The Smith Family||Digital Student2Student||Statewide||$10,000|
|Bridgewater PCYC||Street Teams South||South||$10,000|
|Dress for Success Hobart||Empowering Young women to thrive in work & life||South||$9,200|
|Hobart PCYC||Fit 2 Lead Program||South||$9,120|
|Tassie Mums Inc||Everyday Essentials for Tassie Kids||Statewide||$8,530|
|Reconciliation Tasmania||Youth Mob – Second Phase||South||$9,990|
|Youth, Family, and Community Connections Inc.||ARVOs Program||North West||$10,000|
|Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club Inc||Starfish Nippers||North West||$3,040|
|RESPECT Communications Ltd||RESPECT Communications HHH Youth Communications Facilitator Certification||North & North West||$6,000|
|St Vincent de Paul Society Tas||Vinnies – Youth Buddy Program||Statewide||$9,436|
|The link Youth Health Service Inc||StudySpace||South||$9,699|
|Down Syndrome Tasmania||Further Education and Support||Statewide||$3,000|
|Drug Education Network||School Education on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder||Statewide||$9,432|
|Edmund Rice Community Services||100 Days of Fun||Statewide||$10,000|
|Karinya Young Women's Service||My First Home Start Up Project||North||$9,335|