What is the NRWMF New Community Benefit Program?

The NRWMF New Community Benefit Program is a grant opportunity to support projects that will lead to strong social and economic outcomes in and around Kimba and Hawker (Wallerberdina Station) in South Australia, with $2 million available to each community ($4 million total).



The Australian Government is seeking to identify a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. This facility will provide for the disposal of Australia’s low level waste and temporary storage of Australia’s intermediate level waste.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility New Community Benefit Program supports the Australian Government’s commitment to assist local communities while the site selection and establishment phases are underway.

This new program is in direct response to identified community needs in the context of the final stages of the site selection process for the facility.



The objectives of the NRWMF New Community Benefit Program are to:

  • support local communities throughout the site selection process
  • mitigate and manage any potential social cohesion impacts on communities located near sites that are under consideration as a site for the facility by diversifying their economies
  • contribute to the siting and establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • reduced social cohesion impacts on communities located near sites under consideration
  • increased economic diversity and opportunities in affected communities.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $4 million over three years for the NRWMF New Community Benefit Program.

A total of $2 million is available for this grant opportunity to each community over the three year period. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $1 million.

The maximum project period is up to two years. You must complete your project by 31 May 2022.


Eligible Projects

The NRWMF New Community Benefit Program will focus on a number of priorities, including:

  • health, particularly mental health
  • community infrastructure
  • economic development
  • expanding education and training
  • youth engagement
  • indigenous business opportunities
  • tourism.

You can apply for a grant to undertake a project that will provide a social and/or economic benefitto the communities of the shortlisted sites.

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at the objectives
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure
  • include activities that mitigate potential impacts to the community by strengthening socialand/or economic outcomes. Examples based on community feedback, may include but are not limited to:
    • creation of buildings, facilities or infrastructure
    • support to improve businesses
    • investment in tourism
    • feasibility studies.

If you applied under the previous program (National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme) and were unsuccessful, you can submit a new application for the same project (or similar project) in this new grant program. In order to be more competitive, you should include new or more information to address the weaknesses identified in your previous application. If a new application is substantially the same as a previous ineligible or unsuccessful application, we may refuse to accept it.

Your project must be delivered in the following locations:

  • within 50km radius of Hawker (Wallerberdina Station), South Australia, plus the remainder of the Local Government Area of The Flinders Ranges Council. You can find a map of the areas on business.gov.au and GrantConnect OR
  • within the Local Government Area of the District Council of Kimba. You can find a map of the area on business.gov.au and GrantConnect.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the NRWMF New Community Benefit Program, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a not-for-profit organisation, including community groups with voting and/or financialmembership of at least five individuals
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, council or incorporated association
  • the Flinders Ranges Council
  • the Outback Communities Authority
  • the District Council of Kimba.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.



Applications close 11 August 2020.


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