Almost 400 regional school parent associations will receive a dollar-for-dollar assistance up to $5000 under a new grants program announced by The Nationals WA today.
The $10 million election commitment, funded by Royalties for Regions, will be made available for regional P&C and P&F organisations to reduce fundraising pressure and assist their contributions to improving school communities.
Announcing the commitment in the Goldfields today, alongside candidate for Kalgoorlie Rowena Olsen, Leader Mia Davies said school parent associations volunteered tirelessly to enhance the education experience for students and were often under resourced.
“Our Regional School Parent Association Grants Program recognises the incredible contribution these organisations make and addresses some of the difficulties they face raising funds to invest in their school communities,” Ms Davies said.
“Parent groups don’t just undertake fundraising activities, members also volunteer considerable time and effort to support school services and activities such as manning the uniform shop, canteen and coordinating school events.
“Under our plan, parent associations will be able to apply for grants up to $5000 each year over five years, meaning eligible groups could receive up to $25,000.”
Grants can be used for a wide range of opportunities including funding new playgrounds, sporting equipment, professional development and extra curricula activities such as camps or outdoor education.
They may also be put towards books, technology, core subject resources, services provided by parent groups such as canteen and uniform shop operations, events and road safety education programs.
According to the WA Council of State School Organisation, each of the P&C associations in WA spent an average of $20,328 on additional school resources and services and volunteered 608 hours in 2020.
Education spokesperson Peter Rundle said the program would benefit 272 State school P&Cs and 110 P&Fs supporting Catholic and independent schools in regional WA.
“Parent associations play an integral role partnering with schools to support the learning and education experience,” Mr Rundle said.
“The Nationals WA are committed to regional families, schools, students and teachers to ensure they get the most out of their education journey.”