Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants

The Regional Economic Development Grants (RED 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 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 driven by the community.

Contact the Gascoyne Development Commission to determine if your business is eligible.

Applications for funding are currently closed, Round 3 is expected to open mid-April.

GDC will host a series of information sessions in the region for those interested in applying for the 2020-21 RED Grants Round 3.

With the next round of funding about to open, now is a great time to start planning your project and thinking about your application requirements.

You are invited to attend one of the events listed below.

Alternatively, you are welcome to make an individual appointment by contacting GDC.

For the best chance of success, we encourage potential applicants to contact us early so that we can help to navigate the application process.

Shark Bay
Monday 23 March, 5pm
Community Resource Centre – Information session

Upper Gascoyne
Wednesday 25 March, 11.30am
Community Resource Centre – Meet and greet

Thursday 26 March, 5pm
GDC Board Room – Information session

Coral Bay
Monday 30 March, 11.30am
Bill’s Bar – Meet and greet

Thursday 2 April, 5pm
Ningaloo Centre – Information session

The following may assist with future applications.

Applications are assessed on a competitive basis within the region, alignment with the Gascoyne’s regional priorities and/or demonstration of an economic diversification and employment growth outcome:

  • Growing primary production
  • Aboriginal economic development
  • Growing tourism
  • Workforce development
  • Vibrant communities and innovation

To discuss your proposal or to be notified of future funding rounds for the RED Grants, contact Harriet Murphy on 9941  7000 (Carnarvon and surrounds) or Colby Elliott on 9949 2090 (Coral Bay and Exmouth).

To discuss the Local Content outcomes to be achieved with your project, please contact Local Content Adviser Jill Dwyer on 9941 7010.

Ministerial announcements:

Information on previous funding rounds

Round 1: Opened 14 September 2018 and closed 2 November 2018.

Congratulations to successful recipients who shared $361,904 in Round 1.

Recipient Project Funding
Whalebone Brewing Co Pty Ltd Increased production, canning and distribution $216,470
Dirk Hartog Island Distilleries Pty Ltd The Wirruwana Hub $145,434


Round 2: Opened 11 July 2019 and closed 13 September 2019.

Congratulations to the successful recipients who shared $1,251,500 in Round 2.

Recipient Project Funding
Tidal Moon The Tidal Moon Sea Cucumbers project is a collaboration with three Aboriginal communities, Mulgana (Shark Bay), Bayungu (Coral Bay / Exmouth) and Thalanyji (Onslow), aiming to develop a viable commercial sea cucumber business while maintaining cultural heritage and environmental stewardship.


Tasmanian Blue Water Oysters The Exmouth Oysters project is a three-year oyster growing trial in the Bay of Rest near Learmonth, which aims to prove the viability of growing the naturally-occurring Saccostrea species of oysters in the Exmouth area.


Bullara Estates Pty Ltd Bullara Station Stay aims to expand the station’s capacity to accommodate guests, including high-end glamping tents and new affordable powered camping and caravan sites, along with new amenities including a shearing shed hub.


Ngala Children’s Services The Shark Bay Early Years Multi-Age Complex project involves the construction of a new day care complex primarily to operate Education and Care and other community programs focusing on children up to five years, located in the heart of Denham, next to Shark Bay School.


Harvest Road Oceans The Massey Bay Oyster Farm project is a new pilot-scale oyster farm with a proposed location south of Carnarvon in Massey Bay. It will consist of four sites operating different commercial oyster farming systems to determine the most suitable systems and species for local conditions.


Danver Holdings Pty Ltd Phase two of the development of Bumbak’s Preserves and Ice-creams, which involves fitting out the processing plant and upgrading the commercial kitchen with new equipment to increase production.


Mandalay Holiday Resort The Denham Seaside Caravan Park Enhancement and Expansion project will increase capacity and quality of caravanning and camping experiences available in Denham and the greater Shark Bay area, with additional powered caravan and camping sites, and an introduction of modern communal ablutions, games room and campers’ kitchen at the Denham Seaside Caravan Park.


Mount Augustus Tourist Park The Mt Augustus Tourist Park Hub project will involve the construction of a building to house the Tourist Park reception, regional information displays, office and bookings area for Burringurrah community tours and workshops, tavern, bar and function centre and shop.


Gascoyne in May Inc The Gascoyne Travelling Arts project will implement the pre-production, planning and training stages of Gascoyne in May Travelling Arts Festival and contribute to the delivery of the program. $140,000