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 enquiries.

The following funding opportunities may be of interest:

National Road Safety Week Community Event Grants

The Road Safety Commission has opened applications for local government and community groups to apply for a specialised grant round that provides funding up to $5000 each, to encourage the WA community to participate and hold an event during National Road Safety Week.

Supported by the State Government, including the Road Safety Commission, National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative created by the Safer Australian Roads and Highways Group.

RSC invite communities to join National Road Safety Week to hold an event, to raise awareness and light a local landmark/s or iconic building/s in yellow light. Grant events must be held during National Road Safety Week (3 May to 10 May 2020). For further information, grant guidelines and to submit an application, visit National Road Safety Week. Applications close: 5pm Friday 31 January 2020.

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.

Investor Ready Grant Program

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Investor Ready Grant Program is a competitive funding program that will provide financial support to Western Australia agriculture and food businesses that have identified a need to raise external capital to support an expansion of their business.

Successful agriculture and food businesses will be able to use grant funding to access professional business services including investment and financial planning, business coaching and legal advice, to prepare them to engage with investors to raise capital.

Round one applications close 5.00pm (AWST) Friday, 13 December 2019.

1000 Jobs Package

The Australian Government is subsidising 1000 new jobs for Community Development Program participants in remote Australia to support economic development.

Tranche One of the 1000 Jobs Package grant funding round will provide an initial opportunity for up to 100 new jobs to be created.

Tranche One will remain open from 1 September 2019 to 30 November 2019 or until 100 positions are fully allocated.

Positions will be:

  • Subsidised up to the minimum wage of $19.49 (based on the 2019-2020 minimum wage).
  • Subsidised up to 38 hours per week for up to 46 weeks per year, with the subsidy tapering in the second year to 50 per cent with additional retention bonuses.

Positions must be:

  • New and ongoing
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • At least 15 hours per week on average

Regional Events Scheme

Applications are now OPEN for Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme 2020-21.

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

Eligible events may receive funding between $5000-$40,000 per year for events held between 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021. Applications close 5pm Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Targeted Participation Program

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture Industries (DLGSC), in partnership with Healthway, are offering the 2019/20 Targeted Participation Program (TPP) Category One – $50,001-$150,000 per annum annual competitive funding round.

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.

DLGSC and Healthway are seeking applications for projects that create quality, affordable sport and active recreation opportunities with a focus on engaging the evidence based targeted participation groups.

Projects are required to increase participation in physical activity and encourage pathways into community sport or active recreation. These opportunities should also provide a platform to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles and create healthy environments to support participation.

Eligibility for this category:
Community organisations – organisations that facilitate activities and/or deliver training and/or partner with peak bodies/state sporting associations to deliver sport and active recreation industry outcomes throughout WA and must meet eligibility criteria in the application form.

Note: Organisations funded under Category One cannot access other TPP funding and/or be currently funded by DLGSC or Healthway for the delivery of the proposed program/activity.

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 encouraes 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.

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.

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.