RAA supports community safety in regional South Australia
Monday, 4th Nov 2019
Community safety across the state will receive a $50,000 boost with the launch of RAA’s annual Regional Safety Grants program this week.
RAA Regional Safety Grants are dedicated to improving safety in regional South Australia, home to more than 234,000 RAA members.
Applications for the eighth consecutive round of grants, worth a total $50,000, are open from Monday, 4 November as the state braces for the fire danger season.
Bushfire support for rural communities is an important issue for RAA, and a number of community projects focused on bushfire preparedness and safety have received grants in previous years.
RAA Insurance spokesman Shaun Ryan said the grants have supported more than 100 regional community groups since 2013.
“As well as supporting many deserving bushfire safety projects over the years, RAA has also funded grassroots projects for road safety, security, medical equipment and children’s education,’’ Mr Ryan said.
“In 2017 the maximum value for individual grants was doubled to $10,000 to better support bushfire prevention and other safety initiatives our communities told us mattered to them.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been distributed to community projects through previous grants, from Big Swamp on Eyre Peninsula to Millicent in the state’s South East.’’
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 November for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000.
“More than 30 per cent 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.
Among the last grant recipients was the CFS brigade at Truro in mid north.
Brigade Captain Matt Saegenschnitter said the grant was used to buy a defibrillator, which thankfully hadn’t yet been pressed into service.
“We are often the first on the scene at a car crash and the defibrillator could be a life saver,’’ he said.
“I’d definitely encourage community groups to look at taking advantage of these grants because it was a pretty easy process to apply.’’
Other successful applicant from the last grants also included Centacare, which received funding to boost suicide intervention support in drought-affected regions throughout the Eyre Peninsula, Mid North and Far North, while Renmark West Primary received funding to install new security cameras on school grounds.
Nominations for RAA Regional Safety Grants open Monday 4 November, and close at 9am on Monday 2 December 2019. For more information visit www.raa.com.au/grants