There are a number of initiatives to promote socio-economic development in the WA regions, including the Kimberley. This page provides updates on these initiatives as they become available from time to time.
Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund
The State Government, through Lotterywest, is committing $159 million into a COVID-19 Relief Fund to respond to the hardship being experienced by the Western Australian community as a result the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please contact Lotterywest on 133 777 for further information or visit the Lotterywest website.
The Innovation Vouchers Program can provide your small to medium enterprise (SME) with the financial boost it needs to access professional skills, services or knowledge, enabling you to advance your idea or commercial activity in Western Australia. The program allows for funding up to $20,000 vouchers to be awarded to eligible SMEs. Recipients will need to provide a net cash co-investment at a rate of at least 20:80 applicant-to-State Government funding. Funding applications must fall under one of the Innovation Vouchers Program eligible expenditure categories: Research and Development, Product Development, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, or Commercialisation Support Services.
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has extended the applications deadline to 11 am, AWST Wednesday 8 April 2020 in recognition of the exceptional circumstances many SMEs are facing due to COVID-19. In addition to this extension, the period over which payments will be made to successful grant applicants has been extended and will now commence on 8 April 2020 and run to 30 June 2021.
For further information on these new changes and access to the application portal visit www.newindustries.wa.gov.au/opportunity/innovation-vouchers
Shire of Broome Support for community-based project initiatives
Applications are now open for funding to assist community-based organisations within the Shire of Broome in the development of social, cultural, economic, recreational, environmental, and reconciliation projects and initiatives that benefit the local community. Funding sponsorship submissions will be considered to a maximum of $10,000 (cash) for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. Full details are available online at Broome Community Information.
Applications close at 4pm on Monday, April 6, 2020.
For any queries relating to the funding program, please contact Cherry Lawton at the Shire of Broome on (08) 9191 3431.
Access Asia Business Grants
Are you a Kimberley business looking to expand to new markets? Access Asia grants support product marketing, expo/trade visits, cultural/language training and other activities that help build businesses’ capacity to trade with Asia. Funding of up to $10,000 will apply to approved projects which must relate to the six priority areas identified by the State Government’s economic development framework, Diversify WA:
- International education;
- Mining and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS);
- Primary industries;
- Technology and advanced manufacturing; and
- Tourism, events and creative industries.
Applications close 12pm (noon) Friday 24 April 2020.
For more information about the grants, visit the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation webpage.
Kimberley Community Grants Scheme
The Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Lions Club of Broome. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools in the Kimberley. Examples of previous projects include Broome North Primary School, for a mural celebrating the local community’s unique birdlife and add vibrancy to the Cable Beach esplanade, and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, for a live musical performance project to highlighting the importance of water to Aboriginal culture.
Applications close on Friday 8 May 2020.
For more information about the grants and to apply, visit the Water Corporation Grants page.
Page last updated: Wed Apr 1 2020 8:47:27 AM
Don't hesitate to call the Kimberley Development Commission with any queries or comments.
7 Ebony Street (PO Box 620)
Kununurra Western Australia 6743
T: +61 8 9148 2100
Upstairs: Cnr Napier & Dampier Terrace (PO Box 172)
Broome, Western Australia 6725
T: +61 8 9194 3000
Derby Western Australia 6728
T: +61 8 9194 3000 (Broome)