Regional Economic Development grants

Minister speaking

The second round of successful RED grants for the Great Southern was announced on Wednesday 15 January by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Eight Great Southern projects were funded, sharing a total of $797,995 of State Government funding and leveraging almost $2.4 million in total project value.

Applicant Project Funding
Shire of Cranbrook Frankland River Accommodation Project $150,000
West Coast Analytical Services New laboratory $150,000
South Coast Natural Resource Management Seeding Great Southern Noongar Enterprises $149,860
Woodlands Distillery Development of a micro-distillery $98,660
Dellendale Creamery Construction of a ripening cellar for cheese $76,177
Albany Seafoods Factory extension and restoration $75,000
Monty’s Leap Winery Monty’s Leap Winery Rustic Wedding Venue project $51,150
Himac Attachments Manufacturing digital infrastructure $47,148

The Regional Economic Development (RED) program is a $28.8 million (over five years) State Government initiative that invests in community-driven projects to stimulate economic growth and development in regional Western Australia.

It is part of the State Government’s $4 billion job-creating Royalties for Regions investment across regional WA.

Delivered locally by the State's nine Regional Development Commissions, up to $250,000 is available for individual projects that promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment and industry diversification.

The grants will boost investment in local regional projects that contribute to population and economic growth initiatives, local marketing and innovation pilots, and importantly, are driven by the community.

Applications for funding are currently closed. To be notified of future funding rounds for RED grants, please contact us.

Applications are assessed on a competitive basis within the region, including their alignment with the Great Southern’s regional priorities and/or demonstration of an economic diversification and employment growth outcome. The GSDC’s priorities for the region are:

  • Grow our economy
  • Enhance regional living standards
  • Value our communities.

Ministerial announcements:

Recipients of grants in Round One of the RED grants were announced in March 2019. The successful projects shared more than $700,000 in funding:

Applicant Project Funding
Alzheimer’s Australia WA Dementia specialist respite cottage $200,000
National Trust of Australia Visitor accessibility and amenity at the Old Farm Strawberry Hill $191,964
City of Albany Albany Town Hall redevelopment $100,000
Gondwana Link Working with biodiversity and cultural values to stimulate inland economies and communities in the Great Southern $84,212
Albany Hospice Store and studio to recycle, up-cycle and design $39,068
Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup Auspice Great Southern Treasures in tourism enabling and capacity building $37,382
Shire of Katanning Tourism attraction and development $35,960
Great Southern Tourism Events Taste Great Southern 2019 $25,000
Sustain: The Australian Food Network Food for Thought Festival $10,000

For more GSDC funding activities, visit the Local Projects Local Jobs page.