Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants Program

Category Regional Development

Status Closed

Delivered on behalf of Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Selection Process Open

State/Territory National

Closing Date & Time

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this grant round are closed and currently in the process of being assessed. Applicants will be advised when the round has been finalised.

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 was announced by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 7 May 2018, as part of the Basin Plan Commitments Package, to support those communities identified as most impacted by water recovery under the Basin Plan.

The Australian Government has committed up to $20 million to this program to support economic development projects in eligible Basin communities from 2018-19 to 2021-22. The department has identified 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.

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.

More information

More information about the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants Program, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Appendix A - Maps of eligible communities
  • Budget Template
  • Project Proposal Template

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If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 or email

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Please quote 2018-2401 – Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants Program when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Grant Opportunity Documents