Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program

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The second round of the Healthy Rivers Program is now open. Visit the Community Grants Hub to apply for:

The Australian Government’s $20 million Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program is funding community-led grants for on-ground projects that improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands across the Basin, while supporting economic development and jobs.

This program is part of the Murray–Darling Communities Investment Package.

The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program is being delivered in 2 streams, a small grants stream and a large grants stream.

Round 1 of the small grants stream closed on 31 March 2021. You can view a list of the successful applicants and read feedback from the selection advisory panel on the applications received. We consulted Basin communities on the program design. See the results below.

How you had your say

The consultation on program design and the draft guidelines was open from 18 December 2020 to 22 January 2021.

Watch the video below to learn more about the consultation we did.

Download transcript of video DOCX [125 KB]

If you have difficulty accessing these files, please visit web accessibility.

The survey results are also summarised below. You can also read the community feedback report on the feedback we received, and the changes we made to the guidelines in response.

In addition, we sought feedback after Round 1 on what changes could be made to increase participation in the program. We made changes to Round 2 based on this feedback, including:

  • increasing the maximum value of small grants to $100,000
  • expanding eligibility so many state and local government entities, as well as peak industry bodies, are eligible in both grant streams
  • increasing the time available to apply from 4 to 6 weeks
  • advertising the opening of Round 2 on radio.

What happens next

Round 2 of the small grants stream and the large grants stream are now open for applications. Applications close at 9pm AEDT, 6 October 2021.

You can find more information, including the grant opportunity guidelines and how to apply, on the Community Grants Hub:


The second round of the Healthy Rivers Program is now open. Visit the Community Grants Hub to apply for:

The Australian Government’s $20 million Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program is funding community-led grants for on-ground projects that improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands across the Basin, while supporting economic development and jobs.

This program is part of the Murray–Darling Communities Investment Package.

The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program is being delivered in 2 streams, a small grants stream and a large grants stream.

Round 1 of the small grants stream closed on 31 March 2021. You can view a list of the successful applicants and read feedback from the selection advisory panel on the applications received. We consulted Basin communities on the program design. See the results below.

How you had your say

The consultation on program design and the draft guidelines was open from 18 December 2020 to 22 January 2021.

Watch the video below to learn more about the consultation we did.

Download transcript of video DOCX [125 KB]

If you have difficulty accessing these files, please visit web accessibility.

The survey results are also summarised below. You can also read the community feedback report on the feedback we received, and the changes we made to the guidelines in response.

In addition, we sought feedback after Round 1 on what changes could be made to increase participation in the program. We made changes to Round 2 based on this feedback, including:

  • increasing the maximum value of small grants to $100,000
  • expanding eligibility so many state and local government entities, as well as peak industry bodies, are eligible in both grant streams
  • increasing the time available to apply from 4 to 6 weeks
  • advertising the opening of Round 2 on radio.

What happens next

Round 2 of the small grants stream and the large grants stream are now open for applications. Applications close at 9pm AEDT, 6 October 2021.

You can find more information, including the grant opportunity guidelines and how to apply, on the Community Grants Hub: