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The State Government is investing up to $6 million in regional projects to sustain jobs and build business resilience, opening round three of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program today.
The RED Grants program supports locally driven projects that contribute to the economic growth and development of regional Western Australia.
The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the regional grants program.
Round three RED grants will have a particular focus on projects which help sustain jobs, expand or diversify industry, build skills and capacity, attract new investment and maximise the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
Applications are now open and close on July 7, 2020. Grant funding allocations will be determined at a regional level.
More information about the Pilbara RED Grants program, including guidelines and application details are available on the Pilbara Development Commission website at: https://www.pdc.wa.gov.au/our-focus/grants-funding/redgrants
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The McGowan Government is investing in regional WA to support regional jobs, growth and sustainability, particularly now as we all manage the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This is an important time for Government to get behind our regional communities to help stimulate long-lasting economic growth.
"Through the first two rounds of RED grants we have provided funding of $13.39 million to 137 projects focused on agriculture and mining manufacturing, infrastructure construction, tourism and professional skills development.
"We encourage everyone in the regions to consider how RED grant funding could be used to support or enhance their business or community project.
"Securing the future sustainability of our regions is key to encouraging people to live and work in regional WA."