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Connecting Communities Through Water

The Philmac Project is our way of giving something back to the regional Australians who support us. This exciting funding initiative offers $25,000* in cash grants per year to help community groups – such as schools, sports clubs, environmental groups and show societies – roll out water-related community projects.
So if you have a great idea, like a new bore, a rehabilitation site or a better use for rainwater, we’d love to know. It’s easy to enter. Just fill in the brief form online, and then rally your local community to drum up votes.

Contest Requirements

To enter The Philmac Project initiative simply head to the dedicated website at register using either your Facebook details or using an email and complete the online registration form.

Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email if your entry has been received by Philmac. If you don’t receive an email please resubmit your application.

Your submission will then be checked to ensure it meets the terms and conditions and, if approved, you will receive a confirmation email and your entry will "go live".

If approved, you then need to get your local community, family and friends to vote for your entry to ensure you get in the top 5 applications for your region.
These top entries then go through to the judging panel.

How to complete an online submission

Step 1.
Go to Create a profile – you can login using your existing Facebook profile. If you do not have a Facebook profile you can create an account on this page, using your email address.

Step 2.
Welcome to the Philmac Project! You can now submit a project, vote on projects (limited to one vote per project), share projects you like, see the official rules (including terms and conditions and Philmac Facebook guidelines), share the initiative with those you think are interested (via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Email) and also see the timeline for the initiative.

Step 3.
To enter a submission click on the large ‘Enter Now’ button from June 29th to go to the online submission form.

Step 4.
Complete the online submission form by supplying the following details:

1. Upload a photo
Select an image to upload that best showcases your project to encourage your community to vote for it.

2. Describe your entry
Entry Title: how you want your project to be known to other people.
Description: this is a short description of what your project involves, why it is a good project for the community and why you would like to get it completed.

3. Your details

  • Your name (First name and surname).
  • Email address.
  • Organisation/School/Community’s name.
  • Phone number (so we can contact you if you are successful in receiving a grant).

4. Project details

  • Address of your project including street, suburb, postcode and state.
  • Name of your project (how you want your project to be known – e.g. Angaston Panthers Football Oval Irrigation Upgrade).
  • Project Description (this is a short description of what your project involves, why it is a good project for the community and why you would like to get it completed).
  • Requested amount – this is where you indicate how much money you will need for your project. Understanding that the maximum grant allocation is $5000 per project per region. If you need help understanding what you require for your project please contact your local Philmac stockist to assist.
  • Describe the level of impact your project will have on the local community – please select from ‘Strong impact’, ‘Some impact’ or ‘little impact’ to indicate how much your project will affect the community.
  • Describe how your project will impact on the community. This is your chance to showcase how your project offers the greatest benefit to your local community to help get your community behind the project and other people to support your project also.
  • Select what difference will a grant make to this project being implemented – from the following options: ‘Strong difference – the project will not go ahead without a grant’, ‘Some difference – the grant will assist implementation of our project’, ‘Little difference – the project will go ahead if we are not successful with this submission’
  • Select how many people will benefit from the implementation of your project – either >50; 50-200; 200-500; 500+.
  • Select what percentage of the local community will benefit from the project from the following options – less than 25%; 25-50%; 50-75%; or 75-100%.
  • Describe any water efficiency or environmental gains that your project will achieve. For example does your project allow you to capture rain water to reuse and reduce your use of mains water; or are you recycling water to water a garden; or are you upgrading your system so you are using less water to water the same area more efficiently.
  • Nominate your local Philmac dealer – this helps you to find a partner for your project who can assist you with planning your project, supplying the product you require and in some cases even help installing your project. You can leave this blank if you do not have a preferred local store.

5. How did you hear about the project – this helps understand how we can educate more people about the project.

6. Select if you wish to receive future email from Philmac about projects, new products or industry stories. This is in addition to receiving communications regarding your entry.

7. Select that you agree to the Philmac Project official rules.

8. Click on ‘Submit Entry’. You will then get a notification if you have not completed any of the above fields. Complete these and click on ‘Submit Entry’.

This will then be sent to the site administrator to check if the submission meets the project criteria.
If your project is successful you will receive an email to notify that your project is live and allows you to encourage your friends/family/community to start voting.

If your project is unsuccessful you will receive an email to notify you, which means that your project does not meet the terms and conditions (for example the project may not be in rural Australia or the project may not be water related).

Step 5.
Once your project has been approved and made live you can then see the project by clicking on the ‘Entries’ button on the front page. Once you are looking at your project you can also vote by clicking on the ‘Vote’ button or share your project with your friends/family/community using the ‘Share’ button. This is to help you get more people to vote for your project.

Now that your project has been approved you need to try and get as many people to vote for your project as possible by sharing with your contacts and posting status updates to encourage your friends to vote. It’s as easy as that.
Voting closes Friday October 16th 2015.

Step 6.
Then once you have as many votes as possible you hope that you can make the short listed projects from each region (SA, WA, QLD & NT, NSW, VIC & TAS) to be eligible for judging. The judging panel will then allocate up to $5000 per project per region and $1000RRP in Philmac product. The winners will be announced in the week following October 26th 2015.

Good luck!

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJune 29, 2015 @ 4:00 PM (ACST)October 2, 2015 @ 5:00 PM (ACST)
Voting roundJune 29, 2015 @ 4:00 PM (ACST)October 16, 2015 @ 5:00 PM (ACDT)
Judging roundSeptember 21, 2015 @ 9:00 AM (ACST)October 26, 2015 @ 11:00 AM (ACDT)

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