Not for profit groups and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for a one-off grant as Slater and Gordon lawyers give away $30,000 next month.
The funds will be given away from the firm’s Staff Giving Program. Through the program employees at the firm donate a portion of their wages and the firm also contributes money towards the fund.
Social Responsibility Manager Suzy Mallett encouraged community organisations that had a program or project that required financial assistance to apply.
She said organisations could apply for a grant ranging between $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000.
Ms Mallett said funds would be provided to organisations that provided services within the firm’s three areas of focus for its social responsibility work.
“The funds will go to groups that either promote healthy living for young people; assist people with disease, or address inequality and disadvantage in our communities,” Ms Mallett said.
Ms Mallett said the firm’s Staff Giving Program was set up to provide an easy way for Slater and Gordon staff to make a collective impact through pooling small amounts of regular donations.
“The program represents an easy way for staff to make a difference and is underpinned by our commitment to helping alleviate inequality and supporting other social causes,” Ms Mallett said.
“Giving back is at the heart of what we do as individuals and as a firm.
“Our goal is to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate by empowering them to deliver programs that help improve the lives of those less fortunate.”
Ms Mallet said funds from the program would not be provided for on-going operational costs for groups, but specific projects or activities.
“Funds from this program have supported a range of initiatives in previous years such as purchasing electrical stimulation machines to aid Cerebral Palsy sufferers, providing residential programs to help people work through their childhood issues and purchasing a new community bus.
Applications for the $30,000 giveaway will close on February 12 and vetted shortly thereafter. Slater and Gordon participants in the staff giving program, will then vote on which groups will receive a share in the $30,000.
The successful applicants will be announced on the last day of the month, February 28.
To enquire about the application process and eligibility criteria, phone Suzy Mallett on (03) 9602 6832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations from Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program are channelled into the Slater and Gordon Community Fund. This is a fund managed by the Australian Communities Foundation.
Background on the fund is available at: www.slatergordon.com.au/the-firm/community