Funding

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Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme

The Wheatbelt Development Commission offers funding through the Royalties for Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme (WRGS).

The 2010/11 WRGS closed on 10 March 2011. The successful recipients were announced by Minister Grylls on 26 August 2011. Read more...

Royalties for Regions is a Western Australian Government initiative that will see the equivalent of 25 per cent of the State’s annual mining and resources royalties revenue reinvested in regional communities every year.

The money is being distributed through various funds including the WRGS. Find out more about all Royalties for Regions funds at the Department for Regional Development and Lands website.

What are the WRGS objectives?

The primary objective of the WRGS is to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in the Wheatbelt through funding projects that will assist to attract investment, increase jobs and improve the quality of life in the region.

Funding is available to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects, including the provision of headworks, and to assist 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:

  1. Increase capacity for local strategic planning and decision-making
  2. Retain and build the benefits of regional communities;
  3. Promote relevant and accessible local services;
  4. Assist communities to plan for a sustainable economic and social future;
  5. Enable communities to expand social and economic opportunities; and
  6. Assist regional communities to prosper through increased employment opportunities, business and industry development
  7. opportunities, and improved local services.

Who is eligible for WRGS funding?

  • Local governments
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Business groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Philanthropic foundations
  • Community organisations
  • State and Federal government agencies (may apply but projects deemed to be within their core business functions will not be supported)

What are the assessment criteria?

  1. The project must demonstrate that it will result in a positive economic, social and/or environmental return (e.g. employment growth, population increase, improve education and information technology links, improve facilities) to the Wheatbelt region.
  2. The project must fit within the framework of the Wheatbelt Development Commission’s Strategic Plan (now the Wheatbelt Strategic Framework) or other nominated regional planning documents.
  3. Applicants should demonstrate a high level of financial commitment to the project, either through sourcing other project funding and/or a direct financial contribution.
  4. The project should have the support of local government and/or key regional stakeholders.
  5. The project should promote partnerships (i.e. between community/business sector and government; or across various levels of government).
  6. The project should reflect a commitment to local decision-making and planning.
  7. The project should demonstrate its capacity for meeting ongoing operating and maintenance costs.
  8. The proponent should demonstrate that detailed project planning has been completed (including all approvals being in place or achievable in a short timeframe), the project is ready to proceed and that it can be completed in a timely manner. (Note: This criterion will not preclude applications for feasibility studies and business planning.)

What are the priorities of the Wheatbelt Development Commission?

Priority will be given to projects that fit within the framework of the Wheatbelt Development Commission’s Strategic Plan (now the Wheatbelt Strategic Framework) and priorities listed below.

  1. Support coordination and collaboration between Local Government and/ or communities;
  2. Have regional or sub regional impact (i.e.: the impact of the project is greater than on one local government area);
  3. Develop and market your regional advantage including building community capacity;
  4. Involve emerging industries that expand our economic base; and be
  5. Consistent with the themes outlined in the Wheatbelt Development Commission Strategic Plan (now the Wheatbelt Strategic Framework).

Applications

The 2010/11 WRGS closed on 10 March 2011. The successful recipients were announced by Minister Grylls on 26 August 2011. Read more...

2010/11 WRGS documents are available for historical information only.

Download the historical 2010/11 WRGS Guidelines and the 2010/11 WRGS Application or the Wheatbelt Development Commission Strategic Plan (now the Wheatbelt Strategic Framework).

Hard copies of this application is also available by contacting the Wheatbelt Development Commission on 08 9622 7222 or royaltiesforregions@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

It is strongly encouraged that all potential applicants 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 and the WRGS.

For further information please contact the Commission on 08 9622 7222, royaltiesforregions@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au or contact the Project Officer closest to you. All Project Officer contact details are available here.