Economic Development and Marketing Grants Program

The Economic Development and Marketing Stream supports and facilitates programs, services and projects that contribute to the City of Busselton's economic, social, environmental and cultural development.

There are two areas of focus that support economic development and marketing activity across the City:

Economic Development Initiatives

Support priorities identified in the Economic Development Strategy 2022-27 (EDS).  Focus on supporting industry sector growth and not individual businesses, address Town Centre Activation, Place-making and growth of the night time economy or support initiatives that promote cross sector upskilling and workforce participation.

Marketing Initiatives

Initiatives that leverage to improve the visitor experience within the City of Busselton and strengthen the Busselton and Dunsborough brands, support and promote a unified Busselton brand and builds on the sub regional branding.

Funding streams

Funding for these streams are generated through the City Of Busselton’s Commercial, Industrial and Holiday Homes differential rates.

Funds are allocated across two grant streams. Total funding pool is $270,000 p/a for 2023/24, delivered across four (4) grant rounds.

Economic Development and Marketing Grants

  • Applications must demonstrate alignment with identified Economic Development Strategy 2022-27 Priorities.
  • Grants from $1,000 up to a maximum of $30,000 per application.
  • Funding requests of $10,000 and above require confirmed 50% matched funding - this can be made up of cash and qualified in-kind contributions.
  • A points system is allocated according to priority areas from EDS Implementation Plan as directed by City of Busselton Council.

Economic Development and Marketing Quick Response Grants

These grants are designed to provide an agile response to small projects and activations.

  • Grants of less than $1,000.00.
  • Easy application process, easy acquittal process.
  • No need for applicants to provide matched funds.
  • Uses same matrix and guidelines for grant assessment.

Who can Apply

Not for profits, Incorporated Associations, Peak Bodies and defined business clusters are eligible for funding.

Please note:

Privately owned businesses operating on an expected profit base are NOT eligible.

Business Clusters are defined as a group of four (4) or more individually owned and operated businesses from the same industry or of a similar nature working collaboratively in a given geographic area. 

Funding Rounds

All projects and programs must demonstrate alignment with selected goals and strategies from the City of Busselton Economic Development Strategy 2022-26 as outlined in the program guidelines.

There are four grant rounds per year - each round will remain open for three (3) weeks.

  • Round One: 1 - 21 September 2023
  • Round Two: 1 - 21 December 2023
  • Round Three: 1 - 21 March 2024
  • Round Four: 1 - 21 June 2024

Applications for Economic Development and Marketing Program grant monies outside these rounds will not be considered.

How to apply

Please read the Economic Development and Marketing Grants Guidelines. 

Once you have read the Guidelines, please apply using one of the links below. 

Apply Now - Economic Development and Marketing Grants - Round 2

Apply Now - Economic Development and Marketing Quick Response Grant

Associated Documents

Economic Development & Marketing Grants Guidelines

Economic Development Strategy 2022-27

Contact

For further information or to discuss a potential application, please contact the Economic Development Team at economicdevelopment@busselton.wa.gov.au

p: (08) 9781 0444

 

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