City of Karratha

City improves access to support for local business

04 Jun 2021

Local businesses will benefit from improved access to business support programs thanks to a modified Business Development Support (BDS) Grant Scheme endorsed by Council this week.

Following consultation with stakeholders and a review of other business support initiatives from comparable Local Government Authorities, the City will adopt changes to the current policy to improve administration, evaluation of applications and open applications to the grant year-round.

City of Karratha Mayor said the grant has been very successful since its inception.

“Since its adoption in June 2016, the City has provided $574,000 in local business support through the BDS Grant Scheme to associations such as the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Pilbara Tourism Association,” Cr Long said.

“The City regularly reviews grant scheme policies to identify any potential improvements and we are hoping these changes lead to the continued success of the BDS Grant Scheme Policy.”

The City will allocate the typical budget of $100,000 to the scheme.

More information on the BDS Grant Scheme can be found here: