Grain marketer to lend helping hand

The West Australian
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Community groups, schools and sporting clubs across Western Australia are encouraged to apply for grants under a new initiative from grain marketer Emerald Grain.

Emerald Grain's Community Growth Program will allocate grants to support regional community groups making a positive impact in their area.

Emerald Grain group general manager distribution Tom Howard said he hoped the initiative would encourage plenty of applications in its first year.

"There are so many organisations out there committed to their local community but crying out for additional funding to reach their goals," he said.

"This program will support the development of building projects, sporting clubs, new playground equipment and other community events and activities."

Mr Howard said grants would be made available to organisations across grain-growing regions of Western Australia.

"Emerald Grain staff will look to identify community programs across our region we can contribute to," he said.

"Not only will we provide grants, but we will be on the lookout for projects where our staff can donate working hours.

"The activities we support don't have to be related to grain growing, but they need to be important to our farming customers and their families."

To apply, organisations must outline the benefits of their project, cause or event, particularly how it makes a positive impact on the local community.

Applications can be lodged online at until September 6. Hard copy application forms can be requested by calling Emerald Grain on 1300 880 432.

Entries will be judged on the initiatives' benefit to the local community, relevance of the initiative to Emerald Grain's grower customers and the opportunity for the Emerald Grain team's involvement throughout the initiative.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome in writing while the recipients of the grants will be announced by the end of September.

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