Cadia has launched a new Community Partnership Program which will see the mining company build on the way it currently invests into the community.
It will offer two funding opportunities through its investment program - Cadia Cares and a new Cadia Legacy Fund.
The Cadia Cares program provides support to groups within Blayney, Cabonne and Orange.
Funding of up to $5,000 will support one off purchases of infrastructure or programs, while funding of up to $20,000 will support projects which can demonstrate a long-term benefit to the community.
"Cadia Cares represents part of the program which has been running in our community for the past 18 years - it provides just what the name suggests - support to as many organisations as we can to provide maximum reach and assistance into our local community, especially in times of need," Cadia General Manager Aaron Brannigan said.
The Cadia Legacy Fund works in partnership with community representatives to develop and deliver strategic projects. Grants of a minimum of $20,000 will be available through this program with projects required to fit into one of five strategic pillars - agriculture, health, indigenous, tourism and sustainability, technology & innovation.
It is the first time that sustainability technology & innovation has been identified as a key strategic pillar under the program.
"Cadia is committed to being part of the community for many years to come and I'm really excited to see some of the projects we will be able to support with our revised approach. Sustainability, Technology & Innovation is something we focus on every day here at Cadia and we are looking forward to being able to support projects in this strategic pillar which will deliver regional economic growth and long-term community benefit," Mr Brannigan said.
"Over the past 12 months, we have seen some great projects come through our program and we believe this increase in funding will provide us with an opportunity to broaden the scope of what we have previously been able to support."
The Smith Family is one organisation who has had a long-standing relationship with Cadia's Community Partnership Program.
"For well over ten years now, the Cadia Community Partnership Program has assisted us to support the education of young people experiencing disadvantage in the Orange region," David Sloan, national manager, corporate partnerships at The Smith Family said.
Applications for the new Cadia Community Partnership Program are now open, and available on Cadia's website - https://www.cadiavalley.com.au/site/community-partnerships
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