Optus calls on communities to apply for 2012 grants program
Optus is calling on local community and non-profit organisations across Australia, who support disengaged youth and build social inclusion, to apply for its 2012 ‘yes’ Optus Community Grants program.
Already in its fifth year, the 2012 grants program is now open and this year, the program is giving communities access to greater funding by doubling the maximum grant allowance from $5,000 to up to $10,000 per successful applicant, with Optus offering a total of up to $230,000 in funding.
"Optus is committed to supporting local communities and we are proud to be increasing our investment this year to help them make a significant contribution to society," said Helen Maisano, manager of Optus Corporate Social Responsibility.
According to Ms Masiano, the grants program have provided numerous benefits in the past, including providing applicants:
- access to communications
- building new and strong support networks
- improving educational outcomes
- building skills and confidence and;
- removing barriers to empowerment
"Last year, Yipirinya School in Central Australia was awarded $5,000 to empower disengaged indigenous children by integrating a smart board to improve their bilingual and bilateral education. This is a fantastic example of how communities can use the funding to make a positive social impact for society," Ms Maisano said.
Since launching the program in 2008, Optus has awarded $550,00 worth of funding to 117 organisations. In 2011 alone, Optus awarded a total of 32 grants