Call for community grant applications

Courtney FowlerNorth West Telegraph
Ashleigh Dowsett competing in the SHOATA 2015 Horse of the Year competition supported by Fortescue Metals Group.
Camera IconAshleigh Dowsett competing in the SHOATA 2015 Horse of the Year competition supported by Fortescue Metals Group. Credit: FMG

Pilbara community groups are set to benefit from the latest round of funding through Fortescue’s Community Support program.

The grants offer up to $3000 for organisations involved in programs, activities and events in the Town of Port Hedland and the Shire of East Pilbara.

Fortescue Group government and community manager Alexa Morcombe said the Community Support program focused on initiatives that embraced and supported education and training, Aboriginal engagement, health and wellness, community safety, community involvement, economic development and environmental responsibility.

Last year, a Fortescue community grant helped the Martu Trust deliver its 2015 summer school holiday program, which engages more than 350 youth from the Martu communities of the Western Desert region every holiday period.

In 2015, a Fortescue community grant also helped the South Hedland Owners and Trainers Association buy professional jumps for the 2015 Hedland Horse of the Year competition, which attracts more than 40 competitors from across the Pilbara.

SHOATA president Stacey Amor encouraged eligible community groups and organisations to apply for funding, a process she said was simple and straightforward.

Local community organisations within the council boundaries of the Town of Port Hedland and Shire of East Pilbara are encouraged to apply for Community Support before April 30.

For more information or to apply, visit www.fmgl.com.au/community , email hedlandcommunity@fmgl.com.au , or drop into the Fortescue Community Office in the South Hedland Shopping Centre.

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