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Applications for funding closing soon

Sep 14, 2016

Community and not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to take advantage of funding available through the Pilbara Development Commission’s Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme, with applications set to close on October 3.

Applications for up to $50,000 can be submitted through the Community Chest Fund, while funding between $50,001 and $300,000 can be submitted through the Regional Grants Scheme.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the grant schemes were a great way for local projects to access Royalties for Regions funding.

“This is an opportunity for Pilbara organisations to drive projects that will deliver the most impact and value back to the community,” Mr Hill said.

“We’re looking for diverse projects from all corners of the region.”

Over the last two weeks, the Commission has hosted information sessions around the region, in partnership with Lotterywest, to support applicants in preparing their submissions.

“The Commission met with more than 40 organisations and individuals who have great ideas for projects that will make the Pilbara an even better place to live, work and visit,” Mr Hill said.

In the last two years, more than $3 million has been allocated to 46 projects across the Pilbara through the Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.

Recent beneficiaries of the Community Chest Fund include the Tom Price Drive In for a sound upgrade, Port Walcott Surf Club for nipper boards and West End Markets for new infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Newman Day Centre Refurbishment, Karratha Foreshore Revitalisation and Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre received funding in the latest round of Regional Grants Scheme announced in July 2016.

The Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme provide a funding boost to economic and community projects that attract investment, increase job prospects, and enhance quality of life in the Pilbara. Eligible applicants may include local governments, voluntary and not-for profit organisations, philanthropic foundations and community organisations.

Application close at 4.30pm on Monday, 3 October 2016. For application forms and guidelines visit the Pilbara Development Commission website www.pdc.wa.gov.au

Organisations interested in applying for funding are encouraged to discuss their application with the Commission’s grants team on telephone 08 9173 8402 or via email on R4R@pdc.wa.gov.au

The Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme are administered by the Pilbara Development Commission as part of the Royalties for Regions program. Royalties for Regions is a State Government program designed to promote and facilitate economic, business and social development in regional Western Australia.

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