Grant schemes

The Gascoyne Development Commission can support Gascoyne individuals and organisations seek funding for projects from a variety of sources, both government and non-government.

A number of grants programs that can assist communities, local governments, businesses and individuals are available from the State and Federal Governments, as well as private sector organisations.

Contact Regional Development Officer Colby Elliott on 9949 2090 for help with your enquiries.

The following funding opportunities may be of interest:

Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants

The RED Grants program is a State Government initiative that invests in community-driven projects to create jobs and boost economic growth across regional Western Australia.
The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program will invest $28.8 million towards the RED Grants program over five years for projects that will directly benefit regional communities.
Eligible applicants can apply for RED Grant funding of up to $250,000 for individual projects that promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment in industry diversification.


The Gascoyne Development Commission supports a range of regional activities and events which align with its strategic objectives and key priorities, through a managed sponsorship program.

To be considered for cash or in-kind sponsorship, the event, project or activity must:

  • Contribute to the regional development and growth of the Gascoyne region
  • Align with at least one of the GDC’s priority or facilitated projects
  • Meet the strategic direction and priorities of the GDC’s strategic plan
  • Align with GDC’s brand
  • Help stakeholders understand GDC’s role and current activities

Our current priorities are:

  • Growing primary production. This including supporting the horticulture, pastoralism and aquaculture sectors.
  • Growing tourism. Our work in this space includes supporting tourism operators and enterprises, working with stakeholders on destination development, identifying opportunities to grow the tourism economy and facilitating tourism infrastructure development.
  • Developing future employees, through training, capacity building and business support initiatives.
  • Aboriginal economic development. We’re working with stakeholders to support Aboriginal communities across the region.

Sponsorship applications from community-based organisations and the business community are welcomed.

To find out more about GDC’s sponsorship program and how to apply, contact for more information.

Regional Events Scheme

The Regional Events Scheme is a sponsorship funding program designed to develop events as tourist attractions within regional Western Australia.

Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund

The Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund aims to support Western Australian-based companies to invest in new projects or expansion opportunities that will build competitiveness, adopt innovative technologies and grow their operations.

Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program

Eligible businesses can apply to access professional business support services under the WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program which consist of two streams:

  1. Vouchers of up to $10,000 are available on a dollar for dollar co-contribution basis to help eligible businesses gain expert advice across business planning, quality assurance, market positioning, technology; export capability development and other technical services.
  2. Travel assistance vouchers of up to $2,000 for regional agri-food and beverage businesses are also available to businesses investigating ag-tech or food-tech manufacturing technologies that improve productivity and profitability.

Building Better Regions Fund

The Round 4 Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction, upgrade or extension of infrastructure in drought-affected areas. Grants are from $20,000 up to $10 million.

The Round 4 Community Investments Stream supports projects benefiting local communities in drought-affected areas. Grants are from $5,000 up to $1 million.

Through these projects, it aims to provide both economic and social benefits.

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of eligible project costs. Location will determine the percentage of grant funding recipients can receive.

Available to not-for-profits, local governments or non-distributing co-operatives.

Applicants may apply for a partial or full exemption to their contribution requirement if they can demonstrate that they are experiencing exceptional circumstances.

Targeted Participation Program

The Targeted Participation Program provides funding that enables organisations to promote participation, healthy lifestyles and active engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation, with a focus on evidenced based targeted participation groups.

Digital Farm Grants

The Digital Farm Grants Program aims to expand digital connectivity in regional Western Australia, that will create jobs and boost economic growth.

The grant encourages proposals from service providers to invest in communications infrastructure that will improve connectivity for more agribusinesses and communities across regional Western Australia.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs

The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant opportunity supports SME Export Hubs in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs (export hubs) in the six Growth Centre sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Cyber Security
    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.
  • support SME development through facilitation of export opportunities and working with the Growth Centres.

The minimum grant amount is $150,000.
The maximum grant amount is $1.5 million.
The grant amount is up to 50% of eligible project costs.
The maximum grant period is two years, five months. Projects must be complete by 30 June 2022.

Arts $15,000+

The Arts $15,000+ grant program offers between $15,000 and $60,000 funding for artists, creative industry professionals and organisations to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

Arts under $15,000

The Arts under $15,000 grant program offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

Regional Airports Development Scheme

The Regional Airports Development Scheme is a State Government grant program delivered by the Department of Transport aimed at improving airport related infrastructure in regional WA.

Active Regional Community Grants

Active Regional Communities aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities in regional WA.

It is tailored to meet the ever changing demands and challenges of sport and active-recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of WA.

Grants for Women

Grants for Women of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available for one-off activities or initiatives, with a duration of up to six months that contribute to the program’s priority areas.

Funding of up to $10,000 is available for longer term (over six months), strategic initiatives involving a range of partners that will contribute to creating sustainable or systemic change in the program’s priority areas.

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund exemplifies the State Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across WA.

Community Crime Prevention Fund

The Community Crime Prevention Fund supports local community crime prevention initiatives, involving or supported by the police and the community working together on projects to address identified crime prevention priorities.

Regional Venues Improvement Fund

The 2018-2019 Regional Venues Improvement Fund supports improvements and upgrades to eligible arts and cultural venues in regional WA operated by Local Government Authorities and not-for-profit organisations.

Country Arts WA

Country Arts WA is the leading peak arts body entrusted with the governance and delivery of arts and cultural funding throughout regional and remote WA, and has managed devolved funding on behalf of the State and Federal Governments since 1996.

There are a range of funds and grants available throughout the year for projects of varying size and scope.

Community Grants Program

The Office of Multicultural Interests offers grant funding through its Community Grants Program with a total annual budget of $500,000.

The program provides funding to empower culturally and linguistically diverse communities in WA to design, deliver and partner on projects that address their needs.

The Community Grants Program supports culturally and linguistically diverse community-led activities that:

  • celebrate and promote WA’s cultural diversity
  • build the capacity of individuals, families and communities to contribute to the civic and economic life of the State
  • improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services.

Community grants

Community funding opportunities can be found at:

Other funding sources

Free business advice

Expert business advice is offered to small businesses in the Gascoyne through Business Local at RSM. This is a free service.

Registered organisation template

The Registered Organisation Template, courtesy of Our Community is useful for those planning and writing grant applications. It provides a quick snapshot of existing knowledge about your group, information that is essential when completing grant applications.