What is the Community Pool Revitalisation Program?
The Community Pool Revitalisation Program (CPRP) provides funding to regional local governments to assist with the maintenance and upgrade of their centre. Funding of up to $32,000 per aquatic centre and $10,000 per water playground per annum (that is the primary aquatic facility in a town) per annum will be available to eligible local governments.
The CPRP is funded through the Royalties for Regions Program.
Why is the Western Australian state government funding this program?
In regional towns and cities public pools are a central point for recreation, learning, exercise and rehabilitation. They are an important piece of infrastructure. In addition to the recreation opportunities, public pools play host to swimming lessons, including in-term and vacation swimming classes, school carnivals, teaching children and adults about water safety and survival techniques. In remote communities there is evidence that regular visits to the town pool has contributed to reduced chronic disease and improved educational and social outcomes for residents. Local government meets the cost of ensuring communities can access the health and leisure benefits of a local swimming pool.
What is the eligibility criteria?
Applications can be submitted by regional local governments that:
- Own or manage a public swimming pool and meet the operating and/or maintenance cost of the facility OR
- Own or manage a public water playground that is the primary aquatic facility in a town and meet the operating and/or maintenance cost of the facility; and
- Open that pool/water playground for at least three months during the financial year in which they are applying;
What organisations are not eligible
Funding will not be provided to the following organisations:
- Metropolitan Local Governments;
- Educational Institutions;
- Regional Local Governments where the facility is operated and/or already subsidised by the State Government.
- Regional Local Governments where the water playground applied for is not the primary aquatic facility in the town.
What are the application periods?
There will be one funding round each year. The 2016/17 round will open 25 July 2016 (opening date will be confirmed on the DSR website www.dsr.wa.gov.au) and remain open until 30 August 2016.
Applications must be submitted online by 11.59pm on the advertised closing date.
Successful applicants must acquit their grants by 1 June in the year of offer.
What can the grant be used for?
The grant must be used to fund at least one of the following areas:
- Upgrade to the aquatic facility (e.g. new heating system, new floodlighting);
- Maintenance of the aquatic facility (e.g. replacement of existing filters);
- Reduction of pool entry costs;
- Staff Development and/or training (e.g. Swimming instructor training); and
- Purchase of pool equipment (e.g. lane ropes, inflatables).
Alternatively, the Minister will allow eligible Regional Local Governments to apply for a Future Capital Project. This grant must be placed in a specified reserve account to be budgeted towards a Future Capital Project, that will occur in 2017/18. The purpose of this grant is to allow Regional Local Governments to utilise CPRP funding from multiple years on an identified future capital upgrade, capital maintenance item or major equipment project which will significantly revitalise a regional aquatic facility.
The project must be identified in a Council Budget or Forward Works Program and must be acquitted by June 2018.
What will not be funded?
The grant cannot be used for the following:
- Components of the facility not related to aquatics; and
- Staff Wages (excluding new swimming instructors that would have otherwise not been able to have been employed if not for this funding).
What is the application process?
- Applicants should read and understand the application guidelines before commencing the application process.
- Applicants should direct any initial queries to their regional DSR office or via the community pools enquiry email address.
- Applications must be submitted using the online portal and all sections must be completed. In submitting the application, the authorised Local Government representative makes a commitment to DSR to comply with the Terms and Conditions applicable to CPRP.
- Applicants are only eligible to apply for a grant once per aquatic facility or water playground per year.
- Applicants must acquit any active CPRP grants prior to future applications being lodged.
- Grants will be paid electronically to the Local Government.
How will my application be assessed?
- DSR will assess each applicants eligibility on a case by case basis;
- DSR will assess applications based on the selection criteria;
- Each eligible Local Government will receive a grant of up to $32,000; and
- Applicants will be notified by DSR whether their application has been successful or unsuccessful.
How do I acquit my grant?
Your CPRP grant is acquitted through the online portal. Access can be gained to the portal by using your existing log in details. All CPRP grants must be acquitted prior to 1 June in the year of offer. The department encourages you to progressively acquit your grant once expenditure items have occurred. For seasonally operated centres you are encouraged to submit your acquittals at the conclusion of your operating season.
As part of the acquittal process, the department requires evidence of eligible expenditure items against the approved project to be submitted online. Acceptable evidence of expenditure items may include remittance advices, paid invoices and/or LGA financial system breakdowns. The total expenditure items submitted must at least equal the approved grant amount exclusive of GST.
Conditions that apply to funding
Applicants must read and agree to the Community Pool Revitalisation Program Terms and Conditions in the online application form before submitting an application. These terms and conditions form an agreement which will be basis of the grant.