Socio-economic Development is managed along firm and transparent criteria, as well as clear corporate governance principles detailed in our Socio-economic Development Policy Document and Operational Guidelines.
The Socio-economic Development is supported by the Board and employees within the organisation:
The funding application form requires full contact details; the project description and proposed objectives and outcomes; a realistic and comprehensive budget; the plans for sustainability and what is required of the Lewis Group. Requests can be submitted via our website online submissions link.
The group places a high value on direct, first-hand information and ensures that information is gathered in a thorough and unbiased manner.
Projects are assessed for:
Successful requests for significant levels of funding are presented to the funding committee for consideration. This committee consists of the SED Manager, and a Director.
A deeper evaluation of the potential beneficiary takes place and usually requires more in-depth information from the applicant and where possible, a visit to the project. If the committee is satisfied with the additional research and outcome of the field visit, then the proposal will be approved and signed off. The projects then enter the funding state where the Company and beneficiary enter into a legally binding contract, if necessary, and arrange timelines and deliverables.
Wherever possible, Lewis facilitates procurement and negotiates best prices on behalf of the beneficiaries.