In its biggest grants round to date, Australian Ethical has awarded $320,000 in community grants to 19 not-for-profit organisations based in Australia and overseas.

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Karrkad Kanjdji Trust, which received a $20,000 grant, supports Indigenous people to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of West and Central Arnhem Land.

Each year, Australian Ethical donates 10%* of its after-tax profits to charitable organisations and positive impact initiatives through the Australian Ethical Foundation. This year’s grants program brings the total donated to more than $2.5 million over the past 18 years.

“We believe business can and should make a positive impact on the world. That’s why we are honoured to support grass roots organisations that are passionate about making the world a better place,” said Managing Director and CEO of Australian Ethical, Phil Vernon.

Grants are awarded to a diverse range of initiatives within the key categories of People, Planet and Animals.

One of the community organisations is Where Pigs Fly, a farm sanctuary in NSW that cares for farmed animals rescued from cruelty, abuse and abandonment. Australian Ethical will contribute a $20,000 Community Grant to build a barn to store hay and other feed for the animals. This means the sanctuary can order enough hay to see them through the current drought and be able to grow and store food in the future, cutting costs significantly.

“We’re in 100% drought at the moment. And that’s seen the cost of food go up from $5,000 to $6,000 every month,” said Debbie Pearce, owner of the Where Pigs Fly.

“The Community Grant is absolutely amazing for us. We’re so grateful to Australian Ethical for the opportunity to build a barn that will make a difference to so many animals’ lives!”

Another grant recipient, The Bread and Butter Project, helps refugees and asylum seekers learn English, become expert bakers and find a community of people with shared experiences. The grant will help fund one person go through the training program, which costs approximately $24,000.

Grants are awarded to a diverse range of initiatives within the key categories of People, Planet and Animals.

This year’s winners of a $20,000 Community Grant were:

People

  • One Girl
  • Mirima Council Aboriginal Organisation

Planet

  • Environs Kimberley
  • Pollinate Energy
  • WOTCH

Animals

  • Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust
  • Wildlife Asia
  • Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary

Winners of a $10K or $15K Community Grant were:

People

  • The Bread and Butter Project
  • Dismantle
  • Love Mercy Foundation
  • Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Planet

  • Rainforest Rescue
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Seaside Scavenge

Animals

  • Orangutan Foundation International (Australia)
  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • Darling Range Wildlife Shelter

Recurring $20,000 grants to The Orangutan Project and Free to Shine will also be donated this year, taking overall grass roots community grants to $360,000 for 2018.

For more information on the 2018 Community Grants winners go to australianethical.com.au/community-grants/

*Before deducting bonus and grant expense.

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