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 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.

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


Applications for the RED Grants Round Two - Goldfields-Esperance region - open from 11 July 2019 and close at 4pm on 13 September 2019.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis within the region and should demonstrate that they meet at least one of the RED Grants Program listed above and demonstrate alignment with the regional priorities set out below.

Goldfields-Esperance regional priorities:
  1. Leadership and Innovation
  2. Business and Industry Development
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Promoting the Region
  5. Social Infrastructure
  6. Economic Infrastructure
The GEDC supports Aboriginal Economic Development within each regional priority area and encourages applications that focus on supporting the growth and development of Aboriginal businesses and initiatives that increase Aboriginal economic participation in our region.

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 Grants Round Two Guidelines Download Here (301 KB)
GEDC RED Grants Guidance - FAQs, Benefits and Outcomes, Assessment Criteria Download Here (487 KB)
GEDC SmartyGrants Frequently Asked Questions Download Here (499 KB)
Application Declaration Form Download Here (120 KB)

GEDC SmartyGrants - APPLY NOW

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with 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 early 2020, you are advised to defer your application to a future REDs round.

For futher information on the RED Grants, please contact Courtney Bergersen on 9080 5006 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 Two RED Grants now open
The 2018-19 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants for the Goldfields-Esperance region were announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Hon. Alannah MacTiernan on the 22 February 2019.
Round One (2018-19) – five organisations were successful in receiving funds in the first Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants Round. RED Grants 2018-19 Successful Recipients for the Goldfields-Esperance region

To be notified of future funding opportunities through the RED Grants, please email and you will be added to the mailing list.