Regional Economic Development Grants

The Regional Economic Development Grants (RED Grants) program is a State Government initiative that invests in local projects to stimulate economic growth and development in regional Western Australia. It is part of the State Government's job-creating Royalties for Regions investment across regional WA.

Delivered locally by the State's nine Regional Development Commissions, up to $100,000 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 community-driven.

The Wheatbelt RED Grants are delivered by the Wheatbelt Development Commission with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). 

The third round of the RED Grants program opened on 12 May 2020 and closed on 7 July 2020. The WDC received 51 applications, requesting over $3.9 million in RED Grants funding.

Minister for Regional Development, Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC announced the RED Grants Round 3 successful projects on 5 December 2020.  To read the media release click here.

Please see below for a list of RED Grants Round 3 successful projects.

The following Round 3 documents may assist those wishing to apply in future rounds to understand the RED Grants process.

Applications for future rounds will be assessed on a competitive basis within the region.

To be notified of future funding opportunities through the RED Grants program, please contact the Wheatbelt Development Commission on 9622 7222 or email royaltiesforregions@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au to be added to the emailing list.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to utilise the RED Grant Workshop Video resource to plan for their project submission. 

Information on previous funding rounds.

Round 3: Opened 12 May and closed 7 July 2020.

Congratulations to the 13 recipients sharing in $925,587.

Applicant

Project

Funding

(ex GST)

AGRIFresh

Passionfruit farm establishment – towards nursery infrastructure to assist in the diversification of the horticultural products produced in the region.

$100,000

West Hills Farm

Carrot prepacker – to install a new carrot prepacking machine on the Lancelin farm to pack produce on site, creating supply–chain efficiencies and reducing transport costs.

$100,000

Coorinja Vineyard

Function centre and accommodation – to build a kitchen and dining room to diversify and expand the Toodyay winery and increase agri-food tourism opportunities in the area.

$100,000

WA Sandalwood Plantations

Woodchip value-adding – to purchase, test and optimise mobile tree chipping equipment across a number of Wheatbelt locations in order to improve product value and efficiencies.

$100,000

Main Camp WA

Waslee Downs North deep water bore – to establish a bore on the Badgingarra property to irrigate eucalyptus plants destined for the global essential oil market.

$100,000

Julimar Date Garden

Agri-tourism venture – to construct a processing facility and front-of-house to enable product to be processed, packaged and sold creating a unique agri-food tourism offering in the region.

$100,000

Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Boya Business Solutions – to offer a program that will increase capacity and competitiveness of Aboriginal businesses in the region tendering for private and public contracts.

$42,500

Three Farmers Australia

Low gluten oats supply chain – to develop a grain storage and quality assurance protocol to expand the products and productivity of the Narrogin business whilst also providing a value-added market for farmers.

$95,000

Shire of Koorda

NEWROC* Microgrid – for technical and engineering designs to assist NEWROC in attracting funding for a microgrid to improve power reliability and supply to households and businesses in Bencubbin.

$27,500

Avon Valley Chevre

Artisan dairy products – to purchase a cryovac machine and cheese kettle to enable the production of goat cheese and dairy products in Toodyay.

$18,587

DromeDairy Australia

Sustainable Mobile Camel Dairy - to transition a camel dairy from a fixed to a mobile milking system that is modular, cost effective and sustainable.

$47,000

Bencubbin Truck N Auto’s

Business expansion - to build a purpose-built shed for a drive through truck bay increasing the productivity of the business and meeting demand for their services.

$50,000

The Healthy Chocolate Company

Artisan bean to bar chocolate - to purchase specialised equipment to produce chocolate and panned confectionary using locally grown produce.

$45,000

Round 2: Opened 11 July 2019 and closed 13 September 2019. Congratulations to the 8 project recipients sharing in $690,000 grant funding. For the list of Round 2 successful applicants click here.

Round 1: Opened 14 September 2018 and closed 2 November 2018. Congratulations to the 8 project recipients sharing in nearly $700,000 grant funding. For the full list of successful applicants click here.

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