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RED Grants: Supporting sustainable growth in WA’s regions

The first three rounds of the WA Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program helped to deliver 222 projects advancing businesses and communities across regional Western Australia.

Announcing the fourth round of funding, WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan stressed that maintaining vibrant, viable regions depends on ongoing investment in the right projects and people.

“Diversifying regional economies and building local business is vital to the long-term strength of our regional communities,” Minister MacTiernan said.

“Over the past three years, through the RED Grants program, we have invested more than $20.7 million towards projects in agriculture and mining manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, tourism and professional skills development.

“The McGowan Government is continuing to back our regional communities by investing in projects to stimulate economic growth and drive long-term sustainability.

In total, the WA Government has committed $40.8 million over seven years towards the program. Funding is delivered locally by the state’s nine Regional Development Commissions, with applications assessed on a competitive basis within each region.

Round 4 focus

In Round four, the focus is on projects that:

  • increase or sustain jobs;
  • expand or diversify industry;
  • develop skills or capability;
  • increase business productivity; and
  • attract new investment to the regions.

Peel region priorities

RED Grants for the Peel region are delivered by the Peel Development Commission. with support from the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

In the Peel region, success will depend on how closely the proposed project aligns with Peel’s regional priorities and/or how well it demonstrates its likelihood of creating outcomes that increase economic diversification and employment growth in the region, through:

  • expanding market share;
    • innovation and new technology for diversification;
    • reskilling / upskilling for industry sustainability; and/or
    • building vibrant communities through social enterprise development.

Key documents

The following documents will assist with RED Grant applications:

To discuss your proposal, or to be notified of future RED Grants funding rounds, contact Simone or Larissa on 9535 4140 or email grants@peel.wa.gov.au.

Application assistance

The following resources may assist Peel organisations with RED Grants application process

To discuss the ‘local content’ outcomes to be achieved through your project, contact Therese Ejsak, Local Content Adviser, local.content@peel.wa.gov.au on +61 (08) 9535 4140.

For business advice and support in developing your project, contact Business Advisory South West & Peel through Julie Broad, on 0438 591 959 or via the head office on 1300 275 477.

Further information and applications

For more information about the program, including guidelines and application details, visit the WA Government’s RED Grants web page.

Note that Round 4 applications close on 21 October 2021.

Sources

Round four RED Grants now open I Ministerial release, Friday, 27 August 2021

RED Grants program I Peel Development Commission

Lead image: The application window for Round 4 funding under the WA Government’s RED Grants program closes on 21 October 2021. Credit Peel Development Commission