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Community, Rural & Regional

Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants

Funder:  Murray-Darling Basin Fund

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver projects under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants Program in eligible Murray-Darling Basin communities.

The Program will assist eligible communities to undertake economic development projects to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Basin Plan. The outputs of the program are the number of jobs created as a result of the economic development projects and the number of projects supporting activities that continue after projects end.

The economic development projects would assist with:

  • increasing the capacity of communities to diversify and strengthen local economies
  • enhancing the resilience of communities to manage current and future economic challenges and changes
  • increasing opportunities for employment within communities.

$ Available: The minimum amount is $10,000 (GST exclusive) and the maximum amount is $500,000 (GST exclusive).


  • Five communities in the northern Basin and ten communities in the southern Basin as communities eligible for funding as those most impacted by water recovery activities under the Basin Plan. Fifteen communities have been identified as eligible for funding under the program.
    • Northern Basin
    • Dirranbandi, QLD, St George, QLD, Cunnamulla, QLD
    • Collarenebri, NSW, Warren, NSW
    • Southern Basin
    • Wakool, NSW
    • Colignan, NSW/VIC
    • Red Cliffs, VIC. Merbein, VIC, Rochester, VIC,
    • Berri, SA, Loxton, SA, Cobdogla-Barmera, SA, Swan Reach, SA, Lower Lakes, SA
  • The program is intended to apply to not for profit organisations such as local governments, Indigenous corporations, cooperatives and incorporated associations. All entities within eligible communities are encouraged to work together to put forward projects.

Key Dates: closes 10 March 2019 (sincere apologies for the short notice)


Happy to chat if you need a hand with your application. Good luck, Melanie

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