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RAA boosts community safety in regional South Australia

Monday, 29th Oct 2018

RAA is providing tens of thousands of dollars to fund safer communities across regional areas, with the launch of its annual Regional Safety Grants program this week.

RAA Regional Safety Grants are dedicated to improving safety in regional South Australia, home to more than 226,000 RAA members.

Applications for the seventh consecutive round of grants, worth a total $50,000, are open from Thursday 1 November and coincide with the beginning of the fire danger season across much of the state.

Bushfire support for rural communities is an important issue for RAA Insurance, 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 almost 100 regional community groups since 2013.

“RAA has been able to support many deserving projects over the years that have involved bushfire safety, but we have also funded grassroots projects for road safety, security, medical equipment and children’s education,’’ Mr Ryan said.

“Last year we increased the maximum value for individual grants to $10,000 to better support bushfire prevention and other safety initiatives our communities told us mattered to them.

“More than $310,000 has been distributed to community projects from Streaky Bay to Naracoorte through previous grants and we have already had interest from our regional communities in the 2018/19 round.’’

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.

“Last year we provided $4500 to fund Brinkworth Primary School’s purchase of a 60 metre fire hose and a stand pipe for CFS to use during an emergency, as the school is a rated bushfire shelter.

“In another important project, we granted Stirling North CFS almost $9000, which enabled them to create a training compound for volunteers to prepare for road emergency rescues and firefighting.’’

Nominations for RAA Regional Safety Grants open Thursday 1 November and close at 5pm on Friday 30 November 2018.

For more information, or to apply online, go to www.raa.com.au/grants or visit your nearest RAA Shop for a copy of the guidelines.

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