Regional Grants Scheme
The Regional Grants Scheme (RGS) is part of the Royalties for Regions program and started in 2008-2009. Since then, five rounds of the RGS have supported 104 initiatives, delivering more than $11.2 million to projects in the Great Southern.
Royalties for Regions funding of $1,536,667 was allocated through RGS 2017 for projects in the Great Southern. The RGS is for community, public and not-for-profit organisations seeking grants from $50,001 to $300,000. (See also the companion program, the Community Chest Fund, which is for grants up to $50,000.)
Eleven Great Southern organisations will build opportunities and lifestyle in the region with the support of funding through RGS 2017. On Friday 27 January, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced the successful applicants for the grants.
The grants included support for a motocross facility at Cranbrook, for the first stage of the redevelopment of the Katanning Country Club, for airfield improvements at Bremer Bay including firefighting improvements, and for the tourism information hub at the Albany Public Library. Read the full list of successful applicants.
The Great Southern RGS is aimed at projects that will attract investment and increase job opportunities and help to improve the quality of life in regional communities. The objectives of the Regional Grants Scheme are to:
- Increase capacity for local strategic planning and decision-making
- Retain and build the benefits of regional communities
- Promote relevant and accessible local services
- Assist communities to plan for a sustainable economic and social future
- Enable communities to expand social and economic opportunities
- Assist regional communities to prosper through increased employment opportunities, business and industry development opportunities and improved local services.
More information on RGS grants
For more information, read about the projects funded through the program's previous grant rounds. Lists of RGS projects across Western Australia can be accessed from the website of the Department of Regional Development.