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With just a week left to submit applications to the Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund, the Pilbara Development Commission Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill encouraged not for profit and community organisations to take advantage of the funding available.
In 2015, the Scheme and Fund supported 29 projects across the region ranging from small community projects such as the Marble Bar Cup Ball, Karijini Experience, KDCCI Business Boot Camp and the Pilbara Music Festival through to larger projects including the Port Hedland Netball clubroom redevelopment, courts and lighting for the Onslow Basketball Complex, and detailed design for a new aquatic centre at Roebourne.
“The scheme and fund are a great way to prioritise local community-driven projects that improve the quality of life in the Pilbara,” Mr Hill said.
“With a 50 per cent increase in funding this year it’s never been a better time to get a kick start for your community project.”
More than 100 people attended information sessions around the region last month in a bid to put their best foot forward in applications for the 2016 Pilbara Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.
“We saw a large turn-out at the Commission’s information sessions last month with lots of project and event ideas that will enhance the vibrancy of our communities,” Mr Hill said.
“It was a great opportunity for applicants to get a better understanding of eligibility for funding and how to address the selection criteria in the application.”
A total of $1.67 million is available through the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme, which invites applications for funding between $50,001 and $300,000.
The Pilbara Community Chest Fund offers a total funding pool of $556,000 over two competitive application rounds in 2016 for applications up to $50,000 with round two scheduled to open on 1 August 2016.
Applicants have until 4.30pm on Thursday, 17 March 2016 to submit their applications to the Commission for the Regional Grants Scheme and round one of the Community Chest Fund.
The Regional Grants Scheme and Community Chest Fund are made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the Pilbara Development Commission.
For more information on the funding criteria and application form visit www.pdc.wa.gov.au