Fortescue Metals Group has launched its 2019 community grants program where local organisations involved in initiatives, activities and events in the Pilbara are encouraged to apply for funding.
The biannual program provides up to $5,000 in funding to support projects within the Town of Port Hedland, Shires of East Pilbara and Ashburton and City of Karratha with a focus on education and training, Aboriginal engagement, health and wellness, safety and involvement, economic development and environmental responsibility.
Fortescue’s Director Community, Environment and Government Tim Langmead said the program, which was introduced more than 10 years ago, has helped support Pilbara communities in areas where the Company operates.
“The community grants program is just one way Fortescue invests in projects, groups and initiatives that have a positive impact on our local communities,” Mr Langmead said.
“Along with providing financial support, we aim to invest time and work directly with people and organisations that are committed to giving back to those living and working in the Pilbara.”
During FY18, Fortescue provided grants totalling over A$150,000 to 75 non-profit organisations in the Pilbara, delivering a wide range of beneficial programs, activities and outcomes.
One of last year’s community grant program recipients, Hedland Senior High School, is participating in the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition held in Sydney this July. The competition brings together school students from all over the world to partake in a robot building tournament which aims to develop skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Fortescue also provided financial assistance to Earbus Foundation of Western Australia’s Outreach Program. The grant contributed to the purchase of new portable hearing technologies, including KUDUwave and ShoeBox, which are designed to test for hearing loss in regional communities and ultimately create better health outcomes for Aboriginal children in the Pilbara.