By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Friday, October 9, 2020
What do the Yorketown Country Fire Service (CFS), Kalangadoo Netball Club and Berri Primary School have in common?
They all recently received funding to improve safety in their communities as part of RAA’s Regional Safety Grants program, which has provided more than $360,000 to 114 not-for-profit organisations since its inception in 2013.
Dedicated to improving safety in country South Australia, RAA’s next round of Regional Safety Grants will provide a total of $50,000 to community groups across the state, and you could apply for funding.
Among last year’s grant recipients were CFS brigades (including the CFS Northern Yorke Peninsula Group), which were able to purchase crucial firefighting, rescue and first-aid equipment to enhance the level of service they provide SA communities.
Sporting, surf life-saving and RSL organisations also received grants, as did primary schools and community progress associations.
Berri Primary School in the Riverland received $3580 to remove unsafe trees, build retaining walls, pave walkways and provide ground cover in the sensory gardens.
Meanwhile, the Kalangadoo Netball Club were granted $4800 to fence a children’s playground and separate youngsters from traffic.
Successful grant applicants ranged from Copley in the Far North to Berri in the Riverland and Kalangadoo in the South East.
RAA Insurance spokesperson Shaun Ryan said it can be difficult for small communities in country areas to raise money for important projects.
“Almost a third of our members live in regional SA and the aim of these grants is to support those directly affected by the safety risks within their communities,” Mr Ryan said.
“That’s why RAA’s Regional Safety Grants are so important.”
Not-for-profit organisations, community groups, schools and registered charities with a project or activity that’ll improve safety in their local area can apply for grants throughout October. Amounts range from $500 to $10,000.