Mid West Ports Authority has launched its annual community grants program to give local projects and initiatives a financial boost. More than $100,000 is distributed every year through the program to local organisations and groups which the MWPA believes are aligned with their values and contribute positively to the community. The latest round was opened this week. “We are committed to improving the strength and resilience of our community through the provision of grants to local groups and organisations which provide tangible benefits to Mid West residents,” MWPA CEO Damian Tully said. “Over the years, Mid West Ports has provided support across our community including school leadership camps, sporting groups, cultural events and regional initiatives. “It is encouraging to see the passion and dedication within our community, made up largely of exceptional volunteers and are eager to build upon this success in the upcoming round of grants.” The program aims to support a diverse range of projects including environmental improvement and protection initiatives, maritime-based education, community welfare programs, youth education and leadership programs, community events and initiatives supporting and creating opportunities for Aboriginal persons. Midwest Multicultural Association secretary Yvonne Lovedee said the association was grateful to the MWPA program that has allowed its group to “foster inclusivity and empowerment through our events during the year”. “These community performances would not be possible without the financial support we receive from local organisations such as Mid West Ports,” she said. Interested organisations are encouraged to visit Mid West Ports website midwestports.com.au/community/community-grants-program.aspx for guidelines and application instructions.