On 29 June, the application deadline for the Tourism Business Survival Grant was extended to 4pm 13 July 2020.
In May 2020, the Western Australian Government announced a grant scheme to support the state’s tourism business sector, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19. In addition, round three of the Regional Economic Development (RED) grants program, to support regional projects, is open.
- A $14.4 million grant program has been announced to support WA tourism businesses, to be administered by Tourism WA.
- The RED grants program is a five-year, $28.8 million initiative that will directly benefit regional communities, administered by WA’s nine Regional Development Commissions.
Tourism grant funding
A $14.4 million WA Tourism Recovery Program, developed and supported by Tourism WA includes two funding streams:
- An initial $10.4 million in one-off cash grants to help eligible small tourism businesses who submit a recovery plan to demonstrate how the business intends to mobilise and adapt to the new market environment. Grant funding may be used to cover a range of fixed costs and recovery expenses outlined in the program guidelines. Applications closed on 12 June.
- A $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances; grants of $25,000-$100,000 will be available. Applications are open until 4pm 13 July 2020.
Business survival grants – up to $100,000
The $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package supports tourism businesses dealing with exceptionally challenging circumstances due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes those in regions where travel restrictions applied and whose business model relies on a high volume of inbound visitors.
Eligible applicants can apply for grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to enable their business to successfully hibernate and adapt their operations through the recovery period.
More information on the grants, including the application process is available on Tourism WA’s corporate website. Applications close 4pm, Monday 13 July 2020.
RED grants program – round three
Applications for round three of the Regional Economic Development (RED) grants program are open until 7 July 2020.
The $28.8 million RED grants program is a State Government initiative that invests in community-driven projects that directly benefit areas within the nine Regional Development Commission (RDC) areas. Grants worth $13 million have already been awarded for 137 approved projects in rounds one and two of the program.
Individual projects that contribute to sustainable jobs, expand or diversify industry, develop skills and capability, attract new investment or maximise recovery from COVID-19 impacts to the region are encouraged to apply.
The application process is managed by each of the RDCs. More information and links to the RDC websites can be found on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.