Applications have closed for the Murray-Darling Basin Economic DevelopmentĀ  Program (Round 2) Grants. Applications closed on February 20, 2020.

The objective of this $15 million program is to allow the 31 eligible communities to undertake economic development projects that will enable them to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Successful applications in Round 1 of this program included Rochester Riverside Holiday Park ($500,000), Rochester Revitalisation Project ($448,000), and Rochester Business Network Tourism and Marketing Program ($500,000).



To be eligible, the project may or may not be based in one of the eligible communities outlined in the guidelines (see the maps here), however the majority of the benefit of the proposed project must be expected to benefit one or more of the eligible communities. Eligible communities include:

      • Cobram, Strathmerton, Yarrawonga, Katamatite, Numurkah, Nathalia, Kyabram, Tatura, Stanhope, Tongala, and Girgarre (map on page 5)
      • Gunbower (map on page 11)


To apply you must be a not-for-profit organisation, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) andĀ be one of the following entities:

      • Local government
      • Co-operative
      • Incorporated association
      • Indigenous corporation
      • Company


      • Funding Amount

        Projects of $10,000 (ex. GST) and up are eligible to apply. There is no upper limit placed on the project, however the $15 million pool of funding is intended to be shared between the 31 affected communities.
      • Project types

        Eligible projects are encouraged to:
          • Be primarily for the benefit of an eligible community
          • Seek to stimulate economic activity and growth to address the effects of Basin Plan water recovery activities on the identified community
          • Have demonstrated support from the community
          • Link to relevant local economic development strategies

The program does not limit applications to partiular project types (e.g. infrastructure) as this broad purpose better enables communities to propose projects that will stimulate economic activity and growth in their unique circumstances.

Ideas for projects include those that: make the most of resources available, provide skills and capabilities development (e.g. business and risk management, strategic planning, leadership), have an Indigenous-focus, provide networking opportunities for businesses/industries, introduce new technology or processes, aid growth of local businesses/industries (such as tourism), address barriers to commerce like telecommunications or infrastructure, or deliver strategic planning.

To apply or for further information

To apply or for further information including guidelines and FAQs click here.

For help

If you need assistance or have any questions please contact contact the Community Grants Hub on 13 28 46 or via web chat, email, or online enquiry form, or contact my office.

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