• Heather Waters

Grant Opportunity - How to improve your Regional Airport Program application processes

The Regional Airports Program first round of funding applications opens on Thursday, 24 October 2019. Up to $5 million is available to owners/operators per aerodrome from a total of $45 million in the first round. The Federal Government has pledged $100 million for the Program in total to be delivered over several rounds. Check out the funding criteria here.

If you are planning an infrastructure upgrades/renewals that will be finished by June 2022 that will improve safety and accessibility then this funding may assist to offset some costs.

$20,000 is the minimum grant amount you can apply for – or - you can seek funding up to $5 million. The program will fund up to 50% of the eligible project costs – or up to 33.3% of eligible project costs if you have a project partner.

To be eligible you must be one of the following business/entity types:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

  • be an owner and/or operator of an existing aerodrome or airport in a regional area in Australia. and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia (including incorporated trustees on behalf of a trust)

  • an Australian local government agency or body as defined in appendix A

  • an Australian State or Territory Government agency or body

  • a corporate Commonwealth entity

  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).

Your aerodrome must also:

You must provide evidence from your board or Council (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported by the applicant organisation, and that the organisation is willing to accept responsibility to complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.

Applications close Thursday, 12 December 2019.

What can WRI do to help?

  • Assist/review your application to ensure it is compliant to boost your ability to score highly against the essential criteria of:

  1. the demonstrated need for your project

  2. your capability and capacity to deliver the project and,

  3. the impact/benefit your project will offer.

  • Provide Benefit Cost Analysis to illustrate the value for money your project offers

  • Estimate the Economic Impact of your project and the value it would add to the local economy, how many jobs would be created and what income would flow to local households

  • Create or review your project plan - including communication techniques and timetabling of engagement processes, budgeting, creation of milestones and how you will manage the project to meet these times, procurement processes and risk assessment

  • Assist you to value your in-kind contributions from volunteers or services offered by community members

  • Assist you in getting the required letters of support

  • Design a reporting framework for easy acquittal of the grants funds and monitoring of your progress against project milestones

  • Assist in scoping and engaging external auditors (required for projects >$500,000)

Costs of WRI services would be determined based on the complexity of your project and what assistance is required to complete your funding application. Please call us on (02) 6333 4000 or email team@wri.org.au so we can discuss how WRI can assist in getting the best possible funding application lodged.