Optus Connecting Communities Grants – Advertorial
Monday, 30th June 2008 at 3:51 pm
Optus is encouraging Not for Profit organisations and Optus employees nationally to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to reduce social isolation for those in need and reconnect disengaged youth in the community through the Optus Connecting Communities Grants Program.
Jann Kohlman, Optus Group Manager, Sponsorship and Community Programs says Optus is about connecting people and this program demonstrates our commitment to provide solutions that reconnect disadvantaged people, and help them build a better future for themselves.
Australian Not for Profit community organisations working in the following areas are eligible to apply for a grant.
Disengaged Youth – are adolescents and young adults (up to the age of 25) who have become disengaged from society due to lack of education, skills training and employment opportunities; homelessness; substance abuse; and poverty.
Social Isolation – encompasses social, physical, emotional and geographic isolation. Grant applications should demonstrate how projects will promote and enhance social inclusion such as building social networks, increasing participation in community or family life, or providing access to services such as health and education.
Additionally, Optus employees can apply on behalf of Not for Profit organisations and with over 10,000 employees across Australia, the opportunities to extend support are endless.
Kohlman says Optus chose disengaged youth and social isolation as the two focus areas as they are issues that can be improved through communications.
The Optus Connecting Communities Grants Program is in addition to the work it is already doing with 13 charity partners. Staff can also get involved with their local community through workplace giving and the Optus volunteering program.
In late 2008, Optus Connecting Communities Grants Program will award at least 20 grants between $1000 and $5,000 (including GST) to programs that aim to deliver positive social outcomes in the community by creating new opportunities, access to education, strengthening support networks and connecting young people to community life.