Royalties for Regions


Royalties For Regions Wheatbelt Regional Grants Scheme

  Royalties for Regions Round 3 Funding opens 8 December 2010 and closes 10 March 2011.

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 in addition to regular Budget programs and in 2009-10 it will provide an additional $619million for regional communities, this represents less than 4 per cent of Western Australia’s total budget.

The money is being distributed through three funds:

• the Country Local Government Fund 
• the Regional Community Services Fund. 
• the Regional Infrastructure and Headworks Fund
(including the Regional Grants Scheme)

The primary objective of the Regional Grants Scheme is to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in the Wheatbelt region through funding projects that will assist in attracting investment and increasing jobs and help to 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.

What are the objectives of the Scheme?

The Scheme is administered by the Wheatbelt Development Commission as part of the Royalties for Regions Program. Royalties for Regions is a State Government program designed to promote long-term development in Western Australia’s regions. It aims to help local communities grow and prosper through the promotion of local decision-making and is specifically designed to help regions attract the resources needed to support development. The Royalties for Regions 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.
  6. Assist regional communities to prosper through increased employment 
    opportunities, business and industry development opportunities, and improved local services.

Who is eligible for 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 is 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 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 and priorities listed below.

  1. Support coordination and collaboration between Local Government and/ or communities;
  2. Have regional or sub regional impact (ie: 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.


 Royalties for Regions Round 3 submissions closed 10 March 2011.


Please find Commission Strategic Plan, Round 3 Guidelines and Application form on the top right hand corner of this page under Related Documents heading.


The application form is an editable PDF (portable document format). This format provides key functionalities to assist you in completing this grant application.


To view this form, you need to have version 7.0.5 (or later) of Adobe Reader.


This is a FREE application available from this LINK.


Hard copies and a work version of this application are also available by contacting the Wheatbelt Development Commission on ph: (08) 96222 7222 or email:


We strongly encourage all potential applicants to contact the Wheatbelt Development Commission when developing their project applications.

The Commission’s Project Officers will be able to give you guidance to ensure that your application accurately fits the criteria and priorities of the Commission and Scheme. This will give your application a better chance of consideration and approval by the Board.

For further information please contact the Commission on (08) 9622 7222 / or Contact the Project Officer closest to you.