Development West Coast is specifically excluded from investing in local and central government infrastructure, and cannot provide grants to businesses or to any organisation that may affect DWC's charitable status.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide adequate information to allow Development West Coast to make an informed decision in respect to the viability of any proposal. It is recommended that where appropriate applicants seek the assistance of their advisors i.e. accountant / legal adviser etc. 

Process2

Application process

  1. Initial discussions with a DWC Business Development Manager.
  2. Applicant prepares a "Statement of Intent"for consideration by DWC Management.
  3. Management provides feedback on the proposal.

To minimise the possibility of incurring significant expenditure on a full application, which may be rejected, the "Letter of Intent" allows applicants to gain feedback from management around their proposal. Managements' response on any proposal is not a decision and the applicant must decide whether to proceed with a full commercial application or not.

  1. The applicant decides to;

                              (i) Proceed with a commercial application, or

                              (ii) Not proceed.

                     2.  The applicant lodges a commercial application with Development West Coast.

Applications requesting up to $250,000

(Some applications in this category may be considered under delegated authority by the CEO if the request is under $100,000).

  1. The application is assessed by Development West Coast management.
  2. Management may seek Advisory Body input.
  3. Management provide a recommendation to Development West Coast Trustees.
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                      5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.

Applications requesting $250,000 and above; 

  1. The application is assessed by DWC management.
  2. The application along with Managements' comments and recommendations is considered by the Advisory Body.
  3. The Advisory Body provide a recommendation to DWC Trustees
  4. Trustees decide to:

                            (i) Approve the application, or

                            (ii) Decline the application.

                     5.   Applicant advised of Trustee decision.

Development West Coast will not provide any commentary around applications that are declined.

Advisory Body and Trustee meetings are held monthly. Therefore a realistic time frame for consideration of commercial applications is around 8 to 10 weeks.