Funding boost for regional communities

15 December, 2023

Regional community organisations – including schools, recreation and sporting clubs and Country Fire Service units – will receive a Christmas funding boost thanks to RAA’s annual Regional Safety Grants.

Totalling just over $86,000, the grants support safety and security initiatives driven by not-for-profit organisations in regional South Australia.

From making a playground safer in Bute, to signage to keep horse riders safe in Murray Bridge, and first aid training to support dragon boat racers in Victor Harbor – the grant recipients are diverse but have one thing in common: the projects all make their communities better.

“Since launching in 2013, our Regional Safety Grants have provided more than 170 community groups across regional SA nearly half a million dollars in funding,” said RAA Insurance CEO Tara Page.

“Around a quarter of RAA’s 810,000 members live regionally, and giving back to those communities is so important to RAA.

“This year, we received more than 60 applications and are thrilled to be able to fund 18 of them from some really exciting projects in areas including road, bike and driver safety, first aid, education, safe play, water safety and firefighting.”

2023 RAA Regional Safety Grant recipients are:

  • Bute Early Learning and Primary School ($10,000 – playground upgrade)
  • Cape Jervis Community Recreation and Sporting Club ($8,989 – solar security and safety lighting)
  • Balaklava Men’s Shed ($3,000 – defibrillator and First-Aid supplies)
  • Melaleuca Park Primary School ($2,300 – bike safety)
  • Stansbury Progress Association ($2,000 – event road signage)
  • SA Country Fire Service Barossa ($5,720 – CPR mannequin for advanced resus training)
  • Whyalla Special Education Centre ($10,000 – side garden upgrade)
  • Lincoln Gardens Primary School ($9,870 – nature play/car park screen)
  • Murray Bridge Riding Club ($1,861 – safe riding project)
  • Victor Dragons ($1,000 – first aid course)
  • Yorketown Area School Parents and Friends ($5,000 – Operation Safe Driver Yorkes)
  • SA Country Fire Service Aldgate ($2,310 – PPE upgrade)
  • Cowell Amateur Swimming Club ($6,015 – pool cover replacement)
  • Allendale East Area School ($8,000 – senior student first aid training)
  • Point Boston Community Corporation ($2,450 – community hub defibrillator)
  • Whyalla Sport Fishing Club ($3,100 – defibrillator)
  • Gumeracha District Bowing Club ($2,465 – defibrillator)
  • Copper Coast Battle Dragons ($2,465 – defibrillator).

“Congratulations to all of the successful applicants,” Ms Page said.

“We’re so excited to see our funding help you to continue to support your regions with safer, more resilient communities and we can’t wait to see your projects progress.”  

Find out more about RAA’s community sponsorship program – which includes the annual Regional Safety and biannual Grassroots Giving grants – here.