Mining company Orica today announced the details of their new community investment program.
With up to $120,000 up for grabs, the Orica Community Investment Program aims to support Newcastle based initiatives that seek to promote education and lifelong learning initiatives, improve and protect the environment and build strong communities.
The program will look to invest in a number of opportunities each year that reflect and support the company's corporate vision and values, one of which is Succeeding through Collaboration.
All applications will be evaluated by an assessment panel of three Orica employees and three community representatives including John Tate (former Newcastle Lord Mayor), Julie Ainsworth (former GM of Newcastle Herald) and Todd Williams (CEO of Regional Development Australia, Hunter).
Orica General Manager Kooragang Island, Greg Holmes, said Orica was committed to giving back to the wider Newcastle community.
“Orica is committed to playing an active part in the communities where we operate and this new, structured program for Newcastle will ensure there are more funding opportunities now available through us to more local organisations,” Greg said.
“While Orica has provided financial support to numerous Newcastle-based community groups for many years, we did not have a formal process.”
“Orica has evolved its community support activities through this structured program that we believe more closely aligns to local community needs.”
Only organisations from the Newcastle local government area as well as the suburbs of Fern Bay and Fullerton Cove will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000.
There will be two rounds of program funding every 12 months. Applications for the first round open on 10 July 2013 and close 31 August 2013.
Application forms and supporting documents are available online.
Orica is the largest provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets, the global leader in the provision of ground support in mining and tunnelling, and the leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction.