Steamships launches 2024 Community Grants Programme

By: PNG Business News January 22, 2024

Inaugural Graduation for Buk Bilong Pikinini Baruni, which was launched by Steamships and the BBP team in March 2023

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

Despite the destruction experienced heavily in Port Moresby in the past week, Steamships is proud to launch the 2024 Community Grants Programme, opening the application submissions to Papua New Guinean registered (IPA) charities and Non-Government Organisations that provide development and community advancement in health, education, social welfare, and environment.

“Our Community Grants Programme is one of the many ways Steamships gives back to, and supports our communities around Papua New Guinea,” says Managing Director, Rupert Bray.  “Through thick and thin, the private sector, as responsible corporate citizens actively contribute to the well-being of the communities it serves, supporting programs which make meaningful and positive impacts.” 

Recognising the vital role that the private sector plays in contributing to social progress, the programme seeks to empower local initiatives that make a sustainable and lasting impact on the lives of community members. By investing in local initiatives, Steamships is strategically contributing to the long-term development and prosperity of Papua New Guinean lives.

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.

Today, the grants program supports projects which fall into four pillars of the Steamships Sustainable Development: Our People, Our Community and Our Environment.

Steamships encourages local organisations to apply for the Community Grants Programme and become partners in this collaborative effort to create a better future for all. The application process details and eligibility criteria can be found on the official Steamships website,

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