The latest round of RAA’s annual Regional Safety Grants open this month with some advice from a previous recipient.
“You’ve got to be in it to win it’’ was the catch cry of the Paracombe CFS Brigade in the Adelaide Hills, after receiving almost $3000 earlier this year to help them protect their community from bushfire danger.
The volunteer firefighting brigade was among 19 South Australian regional community organisations – including sporting and Surf Life Saving clubs and schools – which shared in a total $70,000 worth of RAA Insurance’s annual Regional Safety Grants at the last round of funding.
Our Regional Safety Grants aim to improve the safety and security of regional communities by distributing much-needed funds to non-profit organisations, schools and community groups.
The grants are dedicated to improving safety in regional South Australia, home to almost 200,000 RAA members.
Applications for the eleventh round of grants open from Friday 30 September and close Monday 31 October.
RAA Insurance Chief Executive Tom Griffiths said RAA has provided almost half-a-million dollars in grants to around 150 community groups since 2013/14.
“These community groups include volunteer firefighters, sporting and Surf Life Saving clubs, progress associations, scouts and schools,’’ Mr Griffiths said.
“The annual funding total was increased to $70,000 – or 40 per cent – at the last round of grants in recognition of the important role hard working regional community groups play in making their local areas safer during the pandemic. Applications are open for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000.
“Fundraising for these important projects can be difficult for small regional communities, which is why RAA’s Regional Safety Grants play an important part in providing much needed funds.’’
Mr Griffiths said RAA Insurance has funded grassroots projects for road safety, security, medical equipment and children’s education, alongside our ongoing commitment to bushfire safety projects.
“Our grants have made a difference from the West Coast to the Far North, the South East and regions in between,’’ he said.
Not-for-profit organisations, community groups, schools and registered charities with a project or activity that will improve safety in their local area can apply throughout October for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000.
Nominations for RAA Regional Safety Grants open Friday 30st September, and close at midnight on Monday 31st October 2022. For more information visit www.raa.com.au/grants