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 Project Officer Harriet Murphy on 9941 7018 for help with your inquiries.

The following funding opportunities may be of interest:

Regional Economic Development Grants

The Regional Economic Development Grants 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 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.

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.

Local Capability Fund – Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy

The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy aims to provide local businesses with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to access and win State Government supply contracts.

This Local Capability Fund focuses on competitive small-medium enterprises in WA who are seeking to specifically enhance their capabilities, increase their competitiveness and better prepare to participate as suppliers of products, services and works to State Government agencies and entities and local government – the market.

Grants for Asian Market Export program

The purpose of the Grants for Asian Market Export program is to better equip WA agrifood exporting businesses to develop and implement strategies to capture export market opportunities and attract investment.

Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme

Funding for regional events is available through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.

The scheme is designed to assist with the development of events as tourist attractions within regional WA.

Targeted Participation Program

The Targeted Participation Program provides funding for organisations to promote participation and active engagement of WA communities in sport and active recreation.

Science funding programs

State Government investment in science funding programs supports the development and diversification of WA’s economy and delivers a range of benefits for the State.

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.