Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Funding available for community initiatives across the regions

    17/04/2008 12:00 AM

    Regional Development Minister Jon Ford today called for applications for funding from the Western Australian Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS), which provides grants between $10,000 and $250,000 for non-capital works projects designed to deliver cross-regional benefits to country communities.


    The Minister said WARIS had proven to be an effective catalyst for many new development projects that helped to create new jobs and improve services in regional areas.


    “The State Government is committed to promoting sustainable regional communities and through the fund, we are able to provide support for a variety of projects that can benefit entire communities,” Mr Ford said.


    “These may include projects relating to tourism and business development, lifelong learning, arts and culture, environment and natural resource management and population retention.


    “WARIS is particularly effective in achieving project outcomes that respond directly to community needs.  Partnership arrangements with the community and other regional stakeholders is fundamental to its success.


    “I encourage community-based organisations, business groups, indigenous corporations, local government and educational institutions to take advantage of the WARIS funding opportunities and be part of a growing regional WA.”


    For further information about the scheme, including project eligibility criteria, contact the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500 or freecall (country callers) 1800 620 511.


    WARIS details and guidelines are also available on the department’s website at


    Eligible applicants have until 5pm, May 21, 2008 to lodge their submissions with the department.


    Minister's Office -9213 7200