What is the Philmac Project?

We would like to invite you to participate in The Philmac Project, a funding initiative designed to support the roll-out of water projects for community groups, including schools and sports associations in regional Australia. We have $25,000* in cash grants to give away, so if your oval needs irrigating, or your school vegetable garden needs a watering system – we’d love to hear from you. Entries will open mid 2016

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How to enter the Philmac Project

You can submit your project for consideration by completing the online submission form at The Philmac Project .

Once your entry has been checked by our moderators and published, we encourage you to share your submission and ask your community to vote for your project. The projects that attract the most votes in each region will be shortlisted for final judging by our panel.

Ultimately, the funding will be allocated to projects that make a genuine difference to the local rural community, and have the potential to reduce water use, improve water quality or benefit the environment in some way.

For more information check out the dedicated Philmac Project page at  www.philmacproject.com.au

HOW ARE THE SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSIONS SELECTED?

The top five projects per region (WA, SA, VIC/TAS, NSW, QLD/NT) based on number of votes are submitted to the judging panel for final judging.

The judges then evaluate how each of the top five projects address the judging criteria – Ultimately, the funding will be allocated to projects that make the greatest difference to the local rural community, and have the greatest potential to reduce water use, improve water quality or benefit the environment in some way.

The judges scores are then collated, with the $5000 in cash grants and $1000RRP of Philmac product allocated to the best scoring projects per region. This means there may be more than one winner per region!

LOCAL AREA MARKETING KIT & TOOLS FOR LOCAL AWARENESS

Please find below a selection of tools to help local regional organisations raise awareness in the community about local projects  - these are designed to help promote the opportunity to put in an application as well as drum up support and votes.

Click here to download the  Philmac Project A4 Trade Flyer PDF

Click here to download the Philmac Project Artwork Button JPG (ideal for websites or newsletters) (when new window appears, right click on the picture to save/download image)

Click here to download the  Philmac Project A3 Poster PDF

Click here to download the Press Release to Promote Your Entry DOC

Past Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the Philmac Project grant recipients over the last three years. A great selection of water-related projects that help rural communities!

HYDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL, WA

$5000 to be able to utilise rainwater into a reticulated watering system, to provide a lawn area and vegetable gardens for the early childhood centre. Currently the water costs for the school are high, however by being able to use rainwater, this allows this money to be better spent on other needs for the school.

GIGGLE POTS DAY CARE CENTRE, WA

$1000 in Philmac products to help establish an interactive garden. The centre will be rebuilding the garden and playground into an interactive garden for the children to learn and play.

BLAYNEY PUBLIC SCHOOL, NSW

$2500 in cash grants and $500 in Philmac products to install rainwater tanks. Blayney Public School are installing a series of rainwater tanks to help keep the school oval and grounds green during the hot summer months for the whole community to utilise.

ORANGE PUBLIC SCHOOL, NSW

$2500 in cash grants and $500 in Philmac products to install a bore and pumping system. Orange Public School will be installing a bore pump to reduce reliance on mains water and help keep the school oval, garden beds and grounds green and usable all year round for the students and local community.

MAPLETON STATE SCHOOL, QLD

$3500 to improve water quality in a waterway accessed by students for pond studies, science and art. Mapleton State School will be increasing the water quality in the school pond to help with student studies as well as encourage more local flora and fauna.

GOOMERI SHOW SOCIETY, QLD

$1500 in cash grants and $1000 Philmac product, to help establish new piping and watering systems at the community’s heavily flood-damaged showground. The Goomeri Show Society will be rebuilding lost and damaged infrastructure to help this key community facility.

PINNAROO KINDERGARTEN, SA

$2500 and $500 in Philmac products to install a new watering system. After recently renovating an under-utilised area of the grounds with recycled goods and volunteers, the team at Pinnaroo wish to make the 'Philmac Hill for Mallee Kids Thrills' greener with an irrigation system.

MOUNT BURR UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB, SA

$2500 in cash grants and $500 in Philmac products to install an irrigation system at the town oval. As a key hub for many local sports clubs and community groups, the team at Mount Burr are looking to relieve overworked volunteers and ageing equipment by installing an updated irrigation system.

ST PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, VIC

$5000 in cash grants to improve its community garden with a range of projects including a timed water reticulation system, rainwater collection and potential aquaponics system to help with student and local community member education.

SMITHTON HIGH SCHOOL, TAS

$1000 in Philmac products to help install an aquaponics system that is being driven by students to help understand innovative water efficient food production methods to help with skill development in a growing career path in the local Circular Head area.