Grants to boost growth

Tari JeffersBusselton Dunsborough Times
Bronwyn Blake and Chris Blake, and their children Kai Blake and Jesse Blake, of Vasse Valley pictured in their paddock of Fedora Futura hemp plants, will receive a $50,000 Regional Economic Development Grant
Camera IconBronwyn Blake and Chris Blake, and their children Kai Blake and Jesse Blake, of Vasse Valley pictured in their paddock of Fedora Futura hemp plants, will receive a $50,000 Regional Economic Development Grant Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant

Community groups, local governments and businesses are being encouraged to apply for grants up to $200,000 to promote economic growth and jobs.

Round three of the Regional Economic Development Grants applications are open until July 7.

Geographe Bay Brewing Company, Vasse Valley and the Shire of Nannup were three of five recipients in round two, who shared in more than $571,000 of the grants program.

Vasse Valley co-owner Bronwyn Blake said the $50,000 her hemp products company received would be used to buy machinery to increase production capacity.

“Whether you are successful in receiving funding or not, the grant application process forces business owners to spend more time planning their projects and examining all aspects with a critical eye,” she said.

“This increases chances of the project being successful.

“These grants are highly competitive and we encourage using a professional grant writer if you have no prior experience in grant applications.”

South West MLC Adele Farina said program was a great way for businesses, local governments and not-for-profits to have their projects invested in and provide support for tourism and hospitality, which helped to attract visitors and create local jobs.

“With regional communities feeling the impact of COVID-19 measures, the RED Grants Program has the ability to provide a well needed boost to the South West,” she said.

“I strongly encourage those who are eligible to apply — these grants have the potential to boost local tourism, the local economy and create local jobs.” South West Development Commission chief executive Mellisa Teede encouraged organisations with projects in the pipeline or that were shovel-ready to consider applying for the financial support on offer.

“We are keen to work with the South West community to identify opportunities to capitalise on growth and expansion potential with the support offered through the RED Grants program,” she said.

Visit drd.wa.gov.au/rfr/REDG/Pages/default.aspx for more information.

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