RED Grants to propel Great Southern potential

Graphic for grants program

Great Southern organisations and businesses have a new opportunity to secure funding support up to $250,000 for a worthy project following the recent announcement by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan of the fifth round of Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants.

Minister MacTiernan said the Government was committed to supporting regional initiatives that will create real economic impact and employment opportunities.

"More than $26 million has been allocated to 263 projects through the previous four rounds of the RED Grants program, with initiatives including industry development, Aboriginal industry development, agricultural diversification and tourism expansion,” Minister MacTiernan said. "We encourage businesses and organisations in the regions to consider how RED grant funding could be used to support or enhance their business or community project. Locally-driven projects that stimulate job creation and economic growth in regional Western Australia are vital to the ongoing strength of our regional communities."

GSDC Chief Executive Officer Natasha Monks said the previous four rounds of RED Grants had helped to deliver projects across the region that contributed to strong and diverse capacity and outcomes in our economy.

“We are keen to receive enquiries for the fifth round from businesses and organisations with eligible projects and we encourage prospective applicants to get in touch with the Commission to discuss the potential alignment of their project to this grant soon,” Ms Monks said.

The State Government has allocated $5 million for round five from a total investment of $45.8 million over eight years (2018-19 to 2025-2026) towards the RED Grants program across Western Australia’s nine regions.

RED Grants focus on projects which increase or sustain jobs, expand or diversify industry, develop skills or capability, increase business productivity and attract new investment to the region.

Priority areas for the Great Southern include initiatives that:

  • Contribute to easing key constraints on sustainable development, including workforce skills and development, and key worker accommodation
  • Support Aboriginal economic development and empowerment
  • Improve industry diversification, particularly projects in tourism product development, international education, export growth and investment attraction for key sectors in the Great Southern.

Applications through the GSDC for the fifth round of RED Grants close at 4pm on Wednesday 24 August.
More information about the RED Grants program in the Great Southern, including guidelines and an application link, are available on the RED Grants page.

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