Minister invites RED grant applications

Applications are now open for round three of the State Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the new round on Tuesday 12 May and invited people in the regions to consider how RED grant funding could be used to support or enhance their business or community project.

The RED Grants program is a State Government initiative investing $28.8 million over five years in projects driven by regional organisations that will contribute to the economic growth and development of regional Western Australia.

Rounds one and two of RED Grants funding for the Great Southern totalled $1,521,581 and supported 17 projects including visitor facilities at the Old Farm Strawberry Hill, native plant seed production by Noongar enterprises, worker and visitor accommodation at Frankland River and technology supporting new job opportunities for young people at an Albany engineering firm.

Guidelines and application links for round three grants of up to $200,000 are available on the GSDC website RED Grants page. Applications close at 12 midnight on 7 July 2020.

Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) Chief Executive Officer Bruce Manning said he encouraged the local community to take advantage of this positive investment commitment to grow the region.

“The GSDC will look for opportunities to capitalise on growth and expansion potential with the funding support available through the RED grants program,” Mr Manning said.

Round three RED grants will have a particular focus on projects which help sustain jobs, expand or diversify industry, build skills and capacity, attract new investment and maximise the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impacts.

Minister MacTiernan said the Government was investing in regional WA to support regional jobs, growth and sustainability, particularly to manage the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is an important time for Government to get behind our regional communities to help stimulate long-lasting economic growth.

"Through the first two rounds of RED grants we have provided funding of $13.39 million to 137 projects focused on agriculture and mining manufacturing, infrastructure construction, tourism and professional skills development.

"We encourage everyone in the regions to consider how RED grant funding could be used to support or enhance their business or community project.”

The RED Grants program is supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

For more information, email the GSDC or phone 9842 4888.

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