Community Grants Program
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Community Grants Program

- Applications are now Closed for 2021 -


For over 100 years Steamships Trading Company has invested and partnered with the people of Papua New Guinea.

The Steamships Community Grants Programme supports Papua New Guinean registered (IPA) charities and NGOs that provide development and community advancement in Health, Education and Social Welfare.

The Steamships Community Grants programme was formally established in 2016 with ten committee members which includes several divisional General Managers, two external experts, the Managing Director as Chairman and the Chief Operating Officer.

Steamships community investment and partnership dates as far back as 1941 when the company constructed a two storey building school for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Port Moresby. The cost at that time was £1,624.

The grants programme supports projects which fall into the three pillars of the Steamships Sustainable Development; Our People, Our Community and Our Environment.

The main focus is on Health, Education and Social Welfare.

What we focus on:

  • Health activities that focus on combatting communicable diseases (those that can be spread from person to person such as TB, measles or malaria) and non-communicable diseases (those that cannot be spread such as cancer or diabetes) These diseases represent the top ten causes of death in Papua New Guinea. From a Company point of view they also impact on the wellbeing and productivity of the Steamships Group’s workforce. The Community Grants Program will also support organisations that offer innovative approaches to responding to preventable illnesses and injury because this far too tragic outcome is an area of concern for Steamship’s employees.
  • Education activities with a focus on a) increasing literacy and b) improving the quality of education. These areas are major challenges in PNG, and are of high priority for communities and the government. Literacy and access to quality education are also absolutely essential in improving every aspect of a person or communities wellbeing from Health Education Social Welfare health to women’s empowerment to law and order to income generation. They are also important because Steamships absolutely depends on an educated and literate Papua New Guineans workforce for all of its operations.
  • Social Wellbeing with a focus on a) women’s empowerment and b) supporting the most marginalized people in PNG especially the disabled and children. The focus on women recognises the fact that when women and girls are safe, healthy, educated, employed and empowered to contribute to all aspects of life, communities and nations flourish. For Steamships, supporting women builds a larger and more diverse pool of talent and strengthens the productively of the workforce. Ensuring a focus on the most vulnerable demonstrates that Steamships is proud member of the PNG community and is committed to assisting those who would otherwise fall between the cracks. This is an area of high priority to employees and as such generates high staff morale.

- Applications are now Closed for 2021 -

Steamships Trading Company Limited

Level 5, Harbourside West, Stanley Esplanade

P.O. Box 1
Port Moresby
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea

(675) 3137400
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