Royalties For Regions Program Is No Slush Fund

Royalties For Regions Program Is No Slush Fund

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

Regional Grants Scheme 2010-11 Funding Round Now Open

Victor P Taffa

Communities in regional Western Australia will benefit from individuals and organisations receiving a share in up to $9 Million in the latest round of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions’  (RGS).

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Regional Grants Scheme was an initiative of Royalties for Regions that aimed to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in Regional Western Australia.

“The grants scheme is providing money for projects to help attract investment and increase jobs or improve the quality of life in Regional WA.” Mr. Grylls said.

The contestable Grants Program would allow each of the nine development commissions to make up to $1Million available for applicants within their Region.

“Individuals and organisations should apply for funding directly to their development commission, allowing successful projects to be determined at a local level.” the Minister said.

Applications would be assessed and approved by Regional Development Commission boards for endorsement by the Minister and State Government.

“In the 2009-10 round more than 233 applicants State-wide received grants totalling more than $27 Million with additional funding provided by hundreds of other organisations.” Mr. Grylls said.

The Minister said this round of funding would further enhance the regional projects already delivered since the start of the scheme in 2008.

“It is great to see the benefits of the scheme already being enjoyed in Regional Communities.” Mr. Grylls said.

The applications for contestable grants have opened and will close on March 10, 2011.

Mr. Grylls also announced an additional $38.7 Million to be made available in 2010-11 through two rounds of the Regional Strategic Projects (RSP) component of Royalties for Regions.

This funding will be overseen by the Regional Development Council which will play a pivotal role by providing advice to the Minister on projects to receive RSP funding.