$2 million available - Royalties for Regions Calling for Applications

Written on the 22 August 2016

$2 million available - Royalties for Regions Calling for Applications

The Regional Grant Scheme and the Community Chest Fund for 2017 are both now open to community groups and Local Government across the Kimberley. 

Communities will benefit from a 50% increase to the funding pools this year. Just over $2 million is expected to be allocated to the Kimberley for economic and social infrastructure projects across the Kimberley Region.
Kimberley Development Commission Chairman, Michael McConachy has welcomed today's announcement, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions (RfR) program.

Mr McConaghy explained that the previous rounds of contestable Regional Grant Scheme funding had been extremely successful, providing more than $10.5 million to important community based projects throughout the Kimberley Region.

"These Grants assist non-for-profit organisations and Local Governments to make a real difference in regional areas. They provide funding for a diverse range of projects, from training programs to infrastructure upgrades." Mr McConaghy said.

The grants opened on 1 August 2016 and close on 3 October 2016:
Community Chest Fund - the maximum grant size for the Community Chest Fund is $50,000. Funding will be available after 1 July 2017 for successful applicants.
Regional Grant Scheme - the maximum grant size for the Regional Grants Scheme is $300,000. Funding will be available after 1 July 2017 for successful applicants.

The 2016-17 round of RGS and CCF benefitted 34 projects across the Kimberley, a full list of successful applicants and their projects can be found on the Commission's website.  The average RGS grant awarded was just over $111,000 and just under $26,000 for the CCF.
Previous Grant recipients and projects have included:

  • The Kununurra Bushman's Rodeo Association in Kununurra for the Outdoor Multi Purpose Facility project.
  • The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation in Derby for the Follow the Dream: Partnerships for Success project.
  • The Shire of Halls Creek in Halls Creek for the Halls Creek Aquatic and Recreation Centre Solar project.
  • The Shire of Derby West Kimberley in Fitzroy Crossing for the Fitzroy Play Space project.
  • The Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange Incorporated in Bidyadanga for the Bidyadanga Gubinge Commercialisation project.
  • Wyndham Community Events in Wyndham for the Wyndham Stars on the Bastion 2016 event.
For more information on the Grants Schemes visit www.kdc.wa.gov.au or call the Kimberley Development Commission on 9194 3001.

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