The Philmac Project is a unique initiative that provides grants to community groups in regional Australia to execute water-related projects.
A new round of cash grants will be available from 15 September with the Philmac Project providing individual grants of up to $5000 to local organisations seeking to carry out water-related projects that benefit rural and regional communities.
Philmac, a global leader in the design and manufacture of specialist fittings and valves for transferring, controlling and applying water, set up the popular funding program two years ago to benefit communities in regional Australia.
Philmac Managing Director, Mark Nykiel explained that the Philmac Project was launched in 2012 as a way of giving something back to the people that have stood by the company through challenging times. The funding program is Philmac’s way of thanking primary producers and regional communities across the country for their support and loyalty that made it possible for the company to continue manufacturing in Australia and build a thriving business for more than 80 years.
According to Mr Nykiel, based on the extraordinary response in the first two years of the initiative, the Philmac Project was meeting a significant need. With community groups increasingly finding it tough to source money for smaller, local projects, Philmac’s grant often serves to kick start projects without the local organisation having to go through a complex process to get a bit of assistance.
Philmac encourages anyone with a project in mind that involves managing or saving water for the community to take advantage of the grants program.
A total of $30,000 in cash grants and $5000 worth of product are being offered, with organisations able to apply for up to $5000 in cash. To qualify for a grant, the project must be located in a regional area, and the work has to be completed within 12 months of the proposed start date.
Submissions can be made online via www.philmacproject.com.au, using a simple application form. The submissions will then be posted on the website so that people can show support for the projects by voting online. The five projects in each region that attract the most votes will be shortlisted for final judging by an expert panel.
Applicants can lodge submissions until December 12, 2014 and recipients will be announced in February 2015.