Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    Grants program to support regional jobs and local economies

    4/05/2023 2:00 PM
    • McGowan Government announces round six of the Regional Economic Development Grants for projects that support jobs and business opportunities
    • $31.9 million has been invested in 317 regional projects to date
    • Applications open tomorrow and close on 30 June 2023

    The McGowan Government has announced the sixth round of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program, which will see $5 million invested towards regional projects that support jobs and business opportunities. 

    Funding is available for projects that support jobs, expand or diversify industry, develop skills, increase business productivity and attract new investment to the regions.

    The McGowan Government has committed $50.85 million over nine years (2018-19 to 2026‑27) towards the RED Grants program. 

    To date, more than $31.9 million has been allocated towards 317 approved projects across the first five rounds, for initiatives including industry development, Aboriginal business development, agricultural diversification and tourism expansion.

    Round six applications open tomorrow (5 May) and close on 30 June 2023.

    More information about the RED Grants program, including guidelines and application details, is available online via http://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-primary-industries-and-regional-development/grants-and-funding or from the relevant Regional Development Commissions.

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to investing in community-led projects that support efforts to create long-term economic growth and stimulate job creation in our regions.


    "The RED Grants program supports projects that make a real contribution to local communities across WA.


    "I encourage regional businesses and organisations to examine the funding opportunities on offer through this dedicated regional program.


    "The nine Regional Development Commissions will be working with their local communities to identify opportunities to capitalise on growth and expansion potential."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900