Grants of up to $5,000 are now available for community organisations in the Pilbara, under the latest round of Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) community grants program.
The biannual program provides 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 wellbeing, safety and community involvement, economic development and environmental responsibility.
Hedland Snake Removal is a not-for-profit organisation based in Port Hedland, which is run by a dedicated group of eight locals who volunteer their time and resources. The group received funding in September 2020 to assist with their work in the community.
Club President Tom Lloyd said, “We are dedicated to the safe removal and relocation of snakes and other animals within the Port Hedland area and the Fortescue Community Grant has helped the ogranisation purchase new equipment and support a future rehabilitation program.”
In Karratha, funding was made available to SAFE Karratha to purchase supplies and equipment for the organisation’s volunteers, allowing them to create a safe environment for the animals they care for.
Volunteer Tracy Smyth said, “This equipment is loaned to foster carers to help alleviate the costs of providing ongoing care to these animals. We would definitely encourage other organisations to apply for a grant as every dollar counts for groups like SAFE.”
Fortescue General Manager Hedland Operations Mark Komene said Fortescue was founded on the belief that communities should benefit from the business’ success.
“Through the Fortescue Community Grants program, we are empowering Pilbara communities by delivering strategic support that generates meaningful outcomes. This is not simply about financial support, but also investing time and working directly with people and organisations throughout the Pilbara,” Mr Komene said.
Applications for community grants are now open to 31 March 2021. For more information, visit http://www.fmgl.com.au/communitygrants.