Rio Tinto Iron Ore operates on Banjima, Muntulgura Guruma, Ngarluma, Ngarlawangga, Nyiyaparli, Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura; Robe River Kuruma, Whadjuk (Noongar), Yindjibarndi, Yinhawangka and Yaburara Country. We acknowledge the Nations on whose traditional lands we live and work, and the unique connection Indigenous Australians have to water, land and country. We pay respect to Elders past and present.
Applying for Rio Tinto Western Australia community funding
Our funding focus areas
- Thriving communities - Programs that support healthy, resilient communities and wellbeing; local service and social infrastructure delivery.
- Creating opportunities - Programs that support diverse local economies, regional economic development; children and young people reaching their potential through quality education and training opportunities.
- Environmental stewardship - Programs that advance conservation and stewardship across WA; enhance knowledge of our natural environment; protect, restore and promote environmental conservation and stewardship; and enable carbon reduction inside and outside the gate.
- Walking together - Supporting community-led initiatives that provide connection to culture, opportunities for healing and strengthening families; holistic support to achieve generational change.
- Caring for Country - Supporting healing and cultural knowledge sharing; ongoing access to and care of Country, rehabilitation, land management and closure.
Things to consider when applying for funding
For initiatives seeking support over AUD $5,000, the project must:
- Link with one of our funding focus areas
- provide benefits for one or more of the communities where we operate and have an impact, including across the Pilbara region, Albany, Busselton, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Broome, Derby and Perth.
- be managed by a project team that has the capability to manage funds and projects effectively
- not be run by a privately-owned business
- have clear objectives, performance measures that focus on outcomes
- have an achievable timeframes and a realistic budget
- have considered a broad range of support for the project from other community organisations and partners
It may also beneficial if you can demonstrate that you have considered:
- securing additional funding sources beyond Rio Tinto
- a vision for how the project can become self-sufficient (or a pathway for sustainability) beyond the funding period
- how community members can be involved in the project
For a partnership project to be considered, the main purpose of funding must not be used for:
- operational expenses for an organisation
- projects that are solely focussed on capital works
- private businesses
- individual or personal gain
- political or religious purposes
- land tenure matters
- issues relating to legal processes
- projects normally funded by Government