Getting children in daycare back to nature and upskilling first responders to manage critical injuries are the successful Round 1 2024 projects to receive small grant funding from CITIC Pacific Mining’s Community Support Fund (CCSF).

The Gurlu Gurlu Maya Children’s Service in Roebourne, operated by One Tree Community Services, has received $2,500 to establish a vertical wall garden to teach children about plant growth, sustainability and caring for the environment.

The garden will be integrated into the service’s curriculum across various subjects, foster a sense of responsibility and connection to nature, and involve children watering, weeding and harvesting any edible plants grown.

CareFlight, a provider of aeromedical services, will deliver a Trauma Care Workshop to boost the emergency management skills of Karratha locals with their CCSF grant of $5,000. While many community members, police and firefighters may already be trained in first aid, they may lack the clinical knowledge and skills to sustain the life of a patient with critical injuries. Participants will learn how to stem a haemorrhage, treat crush injuries and protect spinal injuries using both medical equipment and repurposing everyday items like a hoodie as a pelvic binder and a tourniquet made from a stick and belt.

Today’s recipients join 14 other Pilbara based projects that have benefited from the small grants program.

The fund was established in 2021 following the introduction of CPM’s Containers for Change recycling initiative, with returns from drink container recycling at the Sino Iron magnetite operation reinvested into community projects.

Two CCSF application rounds are held each year, with up to $5000 (inclusive of GST) available per application.

Focus areas for grant funding are:

  • Education and training
  • Healthy, active lifestyles
  • Cultural learning and exchange
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Youth support and development.

Previous CCSF recipients have included Millars Well Primary School P&C, Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association, Nickol Hawks Cricket Club, Wirrawandi Aboriginal Corporation and Karratha Kats Netball Club.

To learn more about the CPM Community Support Fund’s Grants Program, go to