Communities throughout the Murray-Darling Basin can from Wednesday, March 3, apply for a share of $34 million in grants to stimulate job growth and boost economic development under the third round of the Economic Development Program.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, said the third round of the EDP was about putting people, jobs and communities at the heart of the Basin Plan.

“An expansion of the Economic Development Program was a central commitment in the Communities Investment Package I announced in September 2020,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our government has allocated $34 million towards the largest round of the EDP to date, offering grants of between $50,000 and $1 million to fund projects in 38 eligible community areas.”

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the EDP would again allow Basin communities across the Nicholls electorate determine what best works for them.

“This program recognises that communities know how best to tackle the challenges they face, and what kinds of economic activity would support people in their own communities,” Mr Drum said.

“I will be work closely with local communities and stakeholder groups over the coming months to ensure anyone interested has the opportunity and support they need to apply for funding under this program.

“I encourage all eligible Basin communities across Nicholls to check the guidelines for round three and submit an application if they can.”

Mr Drum said previous rounds of the program have already delivered real benefits for several communities across Nicholls.

In August last year, Mr Drum visited several communities that were successful with their application in round two of the EDP.

An upgrade of Ky Fauna Park’s reptile house and visitor facilities, the redevelopment of Tatura Library, a walking and cycling trail linking Yarrawonga to Burramine, and a “glamping” pilot program led by the Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Corporation were among nine projects across the Nicholls electorate that shared in more than $2.8 million of round two EDP funding.

“It just shows the breadth of good ideas our communities have to secure prosperous futures for themselves,” Mr Drum said.

EDP round three grant applications open March 3 and close on April 12.

From Wednesday, potential applicants can visit the GrantConnect or Community Grants Hub websites to find out if your community is eligible or for information on how to apply.

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