Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program – Small Grants (Round 1)

Category Water Resources

Status Closed

Delivered on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Selection Process Open

State/Territory National

Closing Date & Time

The Australian Government is inviting applications for funding under Round 1 of the Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Small Grants). There is $6 million available in total funding for this round. Grants range between $5,000 and $50,000. This is an open, competitive grants round.

The program supports community-led, on-ground projects that improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin, whilst supporting economic development and jobs. 

The program aims to:

  • improve health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin that build on water recovered through the Murray–Darling Basin Plan
  • improve community involvement in restoring the environmental health of the Murray–Darling Basin 
  • increase economic activity and employment in Basin communities as a result of grant funding.

Applications are open from 3 March 2021 to 31 March 2021. 

Successful applicants will have 12 months to complete their grant activity from the date the grant agreement is signed. 

Round 2 of the Small Grants and the Large Grants round will open in mid-2021.  

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment consulted with Basin communities on the program, including the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. You can read the outcomes of this consultation on the department’s website.

More information

More information about the program, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines 
  • Questions and Answers 
  • Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement with General Grant Conditions 
  • Mapping Tool Quick Start Guide
  • Mapping Tool User Guide

More information about the program, as well as requirements for applicants can be found in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

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Other future grant opportunities are published on GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system.

Contacting the Community Grants Hub

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email support@communitygrants.gov.au.

More information about the Community Grants Hub can be found on the Community Grants Hub website.

Please quote 2021-5038 – Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Grant Opportunity Documents