Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants

Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants

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 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 $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 or maxismise the recovery from COVID-19 impacts.

The grants will boost investment in local regional projects that contribute to population and economic growth initiatives and innovation pilots, and importantly, are driven by the community.

The objectives of the RED Grants Program include:
  • Sustainable jobs growth;
  • Increasing productivity;
  • Expanding or diversifying industry;
  • Developing skills or capabilities;
  • Attracting new investment in the region; and
  • Maximising recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
RED Grants Guidelines and Application Information

Applications for the RED Grants Round Three (3) are open from 12 May 2020 to 5PM, 7 July 2020.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis within the region and should demonstrate alignment with the regional priorities below, and at least one (1) of the RED Grant objectives.
  1. Leadership and Innovation
  2. Business and Industry Development
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Promoting the Region
  5. Social Infrastructure
  6. Economic Infrastructure
The GEDC uses the online grants management system Smartygrants. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing the Smartygrants system, please contact Courtney Bergersen on 9080 5006 or

To apply, please download the following documents and click the Smartygrants ‘Apply Now’ button:
RED Grant Guidelines Download here (201 KB)
GEDC RED Grants Guidance (region-specific FAQ's, assessment criteria and, benefits and outcomes guidance) Download Here (317 KB)
Application Declaration Form Download here (62 KB)
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact GEDC officers during the initial stages of the grant opening (first four (4) weeks) to discuss the suitability and eligibility of your project and to enable sufficient time for you to complete your application.

This funding is intended for projects that are ready to commence. If your project concept is not fully developed or ready to implement during September 2020, you are advised to defer your application to a future REDs round.

For further information on the RED Grants, please contact the GEDC on 9080 5000 or

The GEDC supports local purchasing through the RED Grants program. If you wish to discuss the Local Content outcomes associated with your project, please contact the GEDC Local Content Adviser – Peter Rampellini on 9080 5008 or

Ministerial announcement – Round three of RED Grants now open

The 2019-2020 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants for the Goldfields-Esperance region were announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC on the 31 January 2020.
Round Two (2019-20) - five organisations were successful in receiving funds in the second Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. View the 2019-20 Successful Recipients for the Goldfields-Esperance region
Round One (2018-19) – five organisations were successful in receiving funds in the first Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. View the 2018-19 Successful Recipients for the Goldfields-Esperance region