Up to $1M is available from NRWMF Community Benefit Programme to support projects that will provide social or economic benefit to the communities.

NRWMF Community Benefit Programme

NRWMF Community Benefit Programme

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme (NRWMF) Community Benefit Programme provides Australian business and community groups with funding of between $5000 and $1 million to take on projects that will lead to strengthening social and/or economic outcomes in and around Barndioota and Kimba, South Australia.



The Australian Government is seeking to identify a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, through a voluntary nomination process. This facility will provide for the management of Australia’s low level waste, and intermediate level waste. The National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 provides for the selection and acquisition of a site for a facility on voluntarily nominated land in Australia, and the establishment and operation of a facility on the selected site.

On 29 April 2016 the Minister announced that a land nomination at Barndioota, South Australia would be shortlisted for further consideration as a site for the facility. The NRWMF Community Benefit Programme is to provide financial benefits for Applicants undertaking Projects in communities in and around Barndioota. Should the Barndioota site become no longer under consideration, NRWMF Community Benefit Programme will be closed to new applications and the Programme Delegate would not make any further funding decisions on lodged applications.



The NRWMF Community Benefit Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to assist local communities while the site selection and establishment phases are underway.

The programme’s intended outcomes are to:

  • contribute to the siting and establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in accordance with the National Radioactive Waste Management Act; and
  • mitigate potential impacts on communities located near sites that are under consideration as a site for the facility.



In 2017-18 the NRWMF Community Benefit Programme will provide up to $2 million per community (totalling $4 million).

  • The minimum grant amount per application is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amound per application is $1 million
  • The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs
  • The project must be completed within 2 years and cannot extend past 30 June 2020.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your Project must:

  • be within 50km radius of Barndioota South Australia plus the remainder of the Local Government Area of the Flinders Ranges Council. A map of the area can be found on business.gov.au.
  • include Eligible Activities and Eligible Expenditure
  • have at least $5,000 but no more than $1 million worth of planned Eligible Expenditure.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Eligible applicants must be one of the following:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • a corporate trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a not for profit organisation, including community groups with voting and/or financial membership of at least five individuals
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, council or incorporated association
  • the Flinders Ranges Council

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a principal applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.



 Applications close 5 February 2018.


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