Regional New Industries Fund


Regional New Industries Fund​


The State Government is committed to building regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven to create sustainable job opportunities for regional people.

The State Government's Regional New Industries Fund will provide grants across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives.

GroundSwell Program Now Open

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is calling for expression of interest (EOI) under the new GroundSwell Program, from organisations to run entrepreneurial and technology programs in one or more of the State’s nine regions.
Grants of up to $200,000 are available under this co-investment program.
To support regions to create jobs and build globally competitive and diverse industries, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from organisations that run programs under each of the following two themes:

  1. Entrepreneurship programs that deliver regional education, training, mentoring, and resources to students and business founders to test business ideas launch start-ups and grow businesses. 
  2. Technology programs that support regional SMEs to adopt technologies to streamline internal processes, cut costs and enhance their profitability and competitiveness. Technologies may include additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, data and analytics and software as a service.

What we can support

The types of programs initiatives that could be supported under the GroundSwell Program include (but not limited to):
  • Incubators and accelerators
  • Entrepreneurial education, mentoring and training
  • Business innovation and transformation
  • Data and analysis
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Coding and web-services training
  •  STEM and research and development programs

Get Involved

Any organisation capable of delivering interested in delivering entrepreneurial and technology programs in the State’s regions encouraged apply.

There are nine (9) regions applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant Regional Development Commissions for local information:


Applications are currently open and close Monday, 5:00PM (AWST) 10 August 2020.

Applications for RNIF will be processed via SmartyGrants, an independent, online grant processing portal. For more information on how applications are evaluated, please download the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also contact the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for more information at or call 6552 1860.

Successful Recipients

So far 14 successful recipients have received a total of $1,867,276 through Regional New Industries Funding, these are:

  • Pollinators have been awarded $120,000 to lead the Basecamp Science and Eco-tourism incubator project in the Mid-west
  • Creative Albany have been awarded $340,000 to lead the Design and Innovation Great Southern Hub (Digs Hub) project in the Great Southern.
  • Meshpoints have been awarded $250,000 to lead the Building Capacity in Regional Innovation project across regional WA.
  • Impact Seed have been awarded $92,000 to develop a pilot to incubate emerging and Aboriginal social enterprises in the West Kimberley and the Gascoyne.
  • Manukalife have received $80,000 to test a closed loop Manuka ecosystems through plant trials in a high-tech farming environment.
  • Wheatbelt Business Network have received $77,000 to support Wheatbelt businesses in growth phase through skills based entrepreneurial training.
  • The WEB Business Hub and Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce have been awarded $100,000 to develop a 'shark tank' program to foster innovation and assist new emerging business enterprises in partnership with Pilbara innovation hubs and chambers of commerce in Karratha, Hedland, Newman and Onslow.
  • Southern Dirt have received $100,000 to help develop a new Flax industry in the Great Southern.
  • Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence have received $77,831 deliver a destination wide innovation incubator and accelerator that will enhance skills, talent and entrepreneurship capability and capacity across the tourism sector in the Lower Great Southern Region.
  • Pollinators have been awarded $21,000 to teach young women computer coding to create new career pathways and job readiness.
  • Enterprise Partnerships WA Limited have received $ 59,445 to implement a ‘train-the-trainer’ program focus on supporting micro enterprise development in the East Kimberley.
  • Stirling to Coast Framers Inc.have been awarded $225,000 to develop a world-class vertically integrated digital supply chain logistics model to access high value chilled meat export opportunities for WA branded meat products, offering added value and an alternative business model to the live export trade.
  • Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA have been awarded $175,000 to develop and pilot technology to track the supply and use of authentic Aboriginal artwork in the souvenir and merchandise market.
  • Maxima Pearling Company have been awarded $150,0000 to bring together the industry, academia and  aboriginal corporations to develop new husbandry and gear technologies to determine the optimum protocols for farming  Tropical Rock Oyster species.