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FACEBOOK GROUP GETS A PLUG

FACEBOOK Group, Plug a Business Tasmania, which is administered by Hobart resident Janelle Larkin, has been awarded a $10,000 grant through Facebook Australia’s Groups Fund.

Plug a Business Tasmania was established to promote local businesses and support them by providing a space for business owners to seek advice from others, and also acts as a mentoring service to those who need it the most.

Ms Larkin said the group would use the $10,000 to fund additional services on its Buy from Tasmania website.

“Receiving this grant means amazing things are in store for our Plug a Business Tasmania community,” she said.

“We will grow the Buy from Tasmania website to incorporate a comprehensive services register, develop business mentoring programs to further boost the growth of our small businesses, and continue to film promotional videos for some of our hidden gems.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks from our community to the Facebook Australia Groups Fund for assisting us to grow through our Coronacoaster journey.”

Facebook established the Fund to support the wellbeing of communities affected by drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

The $500,000 Fund applications, which concluded in August, provided grants up to the value of $10,000 to help local groups facilitate grassroots initiatives that contributed directly to the relief and recovery of their local community.

“In unfortunate times of natural disasters, we saw Australian communities using Facebook Groups to come together and find connection and belonging, and get through when times were tough,” Facebook ANZ policy programs manager Alisha Elliott said.

“We wanted to support the ideas and creativity arising from these groups, and fund grassroots projects and movements to help the recovery of local communities.

“We know that people are adjusting to a new normal, and we hope that by strengthening online communities to foster real world initiatives we can contribute to greater resilience and capacity to thrive.”