Shark Bay-based Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation (AC) has employed a grants officer for their organisation thanks to support from Rangelands NRM to successfully win funding from the State NRM office.
Based in the town of Denham, the project idea was to provide support for a Grants Officer, to undertake grant writing training, explore available grants as well as applying for funding as it is announced.
Rangeland NRM Indigenous NRM Projects Manager Bevan Gray said Yadgalah AC’s long-term plan is to progress to becoming a self-sufficient and sustainable organisation.
“Yadgalah has a strong history in NRM having received a Landcare Award in 2003 for Indigenous NRM,” Mr Gray said.
Yadgalah AC members approached Rangelands NRM to assist them in obtaining funding to provide this grant officer from the State NRM Office.
“We are thankful to the State NRM Office for the funds which have allowed this project to be implemented,” Mr Gray said.
“To date training has been undertaken, several grants have been applied for including for NAIDOC celebrations and to provide Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation with good governance procedures in the form of Strategic, Business and Occupational Health and Safety plans,” Mr Gray said.
This project will run for the remainder of 2014 with close relationships being strengthened between Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation and Rangelands NRM.
Yadgalah AC’s Grants Officer Sally Capewell said the project has allowed her to increase her skills to a point where she am able to present detailed information when applying for grants.
“The training and on-going support from Rangelands NRM is valued by us all at Yadgalah AC. Yadgalah looks forward to strengthening our partnership with Rangelands NRM as we continue to serve our community and build our future in natural resource management,” Ms Capewell said.
Mr Gray said the project has already shown the enormous value in supporting people to build or increase their own capacity to be able to chase funding opportunities and better manage projects or programs.
œFailed projects are a direct result of not putting people first. Yadgalah are a proven deliverer of good projects and highly respected people. Sitting idle gets us nowhere and Yadgalah are wise enough to know they must move with the times. “Things can only get better,” Mr Gray said.
For more information, contact Bevan Gray by email or phone 08 9964 8245.
Image Monkey Mia, Denham, Shark Bay (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Hilary (http://www.redbubble.com/people/loza1976)).