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Award for Excellence in Supporting Communities

This award recognises a business that has demonstrated industry excellence in developing, stewarding or supporting community-wide participation in social or community activities. Such activities can play a large role in improving social wellbeing, developing greater cultural awareness, fostering creativity and innovation, and building a more vibrant and sustainable South Australia.

These activities can be broad scale community activities from which a large proportion of the South Australian community can benefit or activities that focus on a specific issue or sector of a community, and that do not relate to the core business of the company or business. Examples of this could include activities or programs designed to increase the ability for regional and remote communities to participate in events that they would not otherwise have access to.

Some examples of supporting communities include:

  • Festivals or community events
  • Art shows or exhibitions
  • Cultural and other community awareness activities such as
    • Indigenous culture exhibitions or programs
    • Multicultural awareness activities
  • Small and large scale sporting events
  • Travelling ‘road shows’ to regional and remote communities
  • Targeted funding of community trusts or local community services and infrastructure
  • Sourcing goods and services from local communities and businesses
  • Food programs that encourage communities to promote and improve health awareness
  • Programs targeted at adolescents and/or families

Application forms

Applicants should respond to each criterion, providing examples and evidence to substantiate claims wherever possible. Discussion points have been provided (as a guide only) under each criterion – applicants should aim to distinguish their application by providing the information they feel will assist the judges to reach an informed decision on whether they have indeed achieved excellence in supporting communities.

For more information about the awards refer to the award guidelines and conditions of entry.

Company details

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Part 1 - Business overview

1. Provide an overview of your business (300 words maximum)

  • Include a brief history of operations/activities, location, number of staff etc. Provide information on the communities you work with to achieve your goals and what you see as the current market and social challenges for your business.

Part 2 - Submission

2. Describe your company's or your business' commitment to supporting communities (500 words maximum)

Discussion points to consider in your response:

  • What is your company's or your business' vision with respect to supporting communities?
  • What projects, programs or practices has your company or business developed and/or put in place to support communities and how do they link to the vision?
  • How were the projects, programs or practices developed? Were your staff involved in their development? How did you consult with communities in their development?
  • Are these projects, programs or practices listed in your business plan and are there specific objectives you wish to achieve? Are they linked to other workplace policies and/or identified social challenges?
  • Does your company or business target specific areas for support? If so, what areas and why?

3. What projects, programs or practices do you believe best demonstrate your company's or your business' endeavours in 2016 in supporting South Australian communities? (1000 words maximum)
Companies or businesses should focus on final outcomes achieved or a milestone for a long running program. 

Discussion points to consider in your response:

  • How do your projects, programs or practices deliver benefits to the whole community? What are the key benefits? Are there particular members of the community or particular community groups that benefit the most?
  • Is there any relevant history to your projects, programs or practices? Were they set up to deliver long-term community benefits that have not yet been or are in the process of being achieved that drives their continued implementation?
  • Are you able to demonstrate the success of the implemented projects, programs and/or practices? If so, provide participation numbers, details of any spill-over benefits and other direct or indirect impacts in the community.
  • What have you learnt are the key benefits of supporting communities? How do you intend to build on what you have learnt?

4. In 200 words or less, please summarise the merit of your application for this award.

Supplementary documentation

You may attach up to three (3) supplementary documents in support of your application, including evidence of programs and policies outlined in your written submission.

If the documents are longer than three (3) pages please complete a summary sheet for each document, outlining the key points for the judges' consideration.

Terms and conditions

Contact person for this application

Please provide the details of an appropriate contact person for this application.

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