Grassroots Aboriginal organisations and not-for-profits across South Australia are encouraged to partner with SA Water to deliver action that contributes to reconciliation, with applications now open for the utility's 2021-22 Pirku-Itya Reconciliation Partnerships Program.
Pirku-Itya is the Kaurna word meaning 'for community', with the program providing financial support to organisations running events and programs which contribute to important reconciliation outcomes.
SA Water's General Manager of Strategy, Engagement and Innovation Anna Jackson said up to $10,000 is on offer for successful recipients.
"As a business, we want to be a leader in taking positive and meaningful action towards reconciliation, and a major part of this is fostering and maintaining positive relationships with Aboriginal communities and business across South Australia," Anna said.
"Born out of our stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-2023, this program is all about working together with groups and organisations from across South Australia who, like us, are dedicated to taking strides towards reconciliation.
"Our inaugural Pirku-Itya program - launched last year - was a terrific success, having created seven new partnerships with groups in areas like the Riverland, Coorong, Far North and Yorke Peninsula.
"From helping the Nipapanha Aboriginal Community Corporation to create a cultural heritage museum at Irish Well Hut in the northern Flinders Ranges, to establishing a native foods garden with Moonta's Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association, each of our partnerships are making a real difference in helping achieve reconciliation outcomes.
"We had a great response in our first year and look forward to supporting more organisations and events as part of this year's program."
Successful partners must be an Aboriginal-owned or operated organisation or be able to demonstrate Aboriginal community relationships through involvement and outcomes that have a positive impact for Aboriginal people.
Applications for the 2021-22 Pirku-Itya program close 31 August 2021. For more information and to apply, visit sawater.com.au.
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