Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund
Hon Terry Redman MLA, Minister for Regional Development, and the Wheatbelt Development Commision are pleased to announce the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme (RGS) and Community Chest Fund (CCF) for funding available after 1 July 2017. Read the Minister's press release.
The Wheatbelt Development Commission is calling for applicants for the 2017 Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund. The guidelines and application forms are listed below.
Grants are available in the following categories:
Regional Grants Scheme
Grants are from $50,001 to $300,000
The Scheme provides grants for infrastructure projects, project development activities, non-capital projects such as community development activities, establishment of new services and increasing access to information.
Grant funding is also available to assist with costs associated with headworks undertaken by essential service providers to connect businesses to water, electricity, gas, telecommunications, drainage and sewerage.
Community Chest Fund
Grants are up to and including $50,000
This Fund provides grants for smaller community projects including but not limited to events, community enhancements and project planning.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate that their project aligns with one or more of the Royalties for Regions RGS and CCF objectives and the Wheatbelt Development Commission priorities.
Applications for both funds close at 12pm Tuesday 20 September 2016.
What are the objectives?
The primary objective of the Scheme is to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in the Wheatbelt through funding projects that will assist in attracting investment, increasing jobs and improving the quality of life in the region.
Funding is available to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects, and in the broad development of the community, including the establishment of services and programs. Funding is intended to support the development of resilient communities and contribute to regional areas being vibrant and interesting places in which to live. The scheme’s broad objectives are to:
- Retain and build the benefits of regional communities
- Support improved, relevant and accessible local services
- Enable communities to deliver a sustainable economic and social future
- Assist regional communities to prosper through increased employment, business and industry development opportunities
- Increase capacity for local strategic planning and decision-making
Who is eligible for RGS and CCF Programs?
- Local governments
- Voluntary organisations
- Philanthropic foundations
- Community organisations
- Not for profit organistations
The funding programs are not intended to provide support to individuals or businesses.
What are the assessment criteria?
- The project must demonstrate how it addresses a recognised need within the community and/or region.
- The project must demonstrate that it will contribute to achieving at least one of the Royalties for Regions Regional Grant Scheme objectives.
- The project should demonstrate alignment with existing regional development strategic planning, including the Wheatbelt Regional Investment Blueprint.
- Applicants should demonstrate a high level of financial commitment to the project, either through sourcing other project funding and/or a direct financial contribution.
- The project should have the support of local government/s and/or other key regional stakeholders.
- The project should promote partnerships (i.e. between the community/business sector and government; or across various levels of government).
- The project should reflect a commitment to local decision-making and planning.
- The project should demonstrate its capacity for meeting ongoing operating and maintenance costs.
- The proponent should demonstrate that detailed project planning has been completed (including all approvals being in place or achievable in a short timeframe), and that practical project completion can be achieved within the timeframes negotiated by the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
- Applicants should demonstrate their capacity to undertake and complete the project (e.g. past grant experience, project management and governance structure, experience of key personnel, project risk identification and mitigation).
What are the priorities of the Wheatbelt Development Commission?
Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate alignment with existing regional strategic planning. For further information see section F item 5, in the RGS and/or CCF Guidelines. Copies of the relevant documents are available on the Wheatbelt Development Commission’s publications webpage.
Guidelines and Application Forms
All potential applicants are strongly urged to contact the Wheatbelt Development Commission when developing project applications. The Commission’s Project Officers will be able to provide guidance to ensure that applications accurately fit the criteria and priorities of the Commission, Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund.
For further information or hard copies of the Guidelines and Application Forms, please contact the Commission on 9622 7222 or email email@example.com.
View the list of Wheatbelt Royalties for Regions Funding 2016
View the list of Wheatbelt Royalties for Regions Funding Previous Rounds.