National Radioactive Waste Management Facility – New Community Benefit Program 2019-22

This New Community Benefit Program supports 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).
This grant is currently closed to applications
Application detail:Applications close at 5:00pm ACST (South Australia local time)

What do you get?

Grants of between $5000 and $1 million covering up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?

Organisations, businesses, authorities or councils in the Kimba and Hawker regions.


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 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 program provides up to $4 million to support projects that provide social or economic benefit to local communities in and around Kimba and Hawker. There is $2 million available in each region.

The objectives of the 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

Projects must be completed by 31 May 2022.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

You must also 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 financial membership of at least 5 individuals
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, council or incorporated association
  • The Flinders Ranges Council or the District Council of Kimba
  • the Outback Communities Authority

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

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • partnership
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the Grant opportunity guidelines
  • trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth or state government agency or body (including government business enterprises), other than the Outback Communities Authority


How do you apply?

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility – New Community Benefit Program 2019-22 is currently closed to applications.

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the assessment criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the assessment stage.

We consider your application on its merits, based on:

  • how well it meets the criteria
  • how it compares to other applications
  • whether it provides value with relevant money
  • whether it has demonstrated broad community support

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. You should define, quantify and provide evidence to support your answers.

We will only award funding to applications that score highly (at least 50%) against all assessment criteria, as these represent best value for money.

The selection and notification process may take up to 16 weeks.

The sample application form displays character limits.

The program delegate will make the final decision.

We will assess your application based on the weighting given to each criterion.

Assessment criterion 1 – Capacity and capability to carry out the project. (40 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  • Your access to the skills and expertise necessary to manage and undertake the project.
  • Your plan to manage the project, including timelines and project budget.

Assessment criterion 2 – The benefit to the community the project will achieve. (40 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  • The community your project is intended to benefit and the proximity of that community to the nominated site.
  • How your project aims to strengthen community outcomes and assist your community in adapting to potential impacts. Preference will be given to projects that focus on the priorities identified in section 2.1 of the program guidelines.
  • The level of community support for your project. You should provide evidence of community support relative to your project size. If your project is over $250,000 you must provide strong evidence of community support .
  • How your project will continue to benefit the community once it is completed.
  • How your project may use local contractors and suppliers.

Assessment of your application against this criterion will take into account the views of the Local Consultative Committee and Economic Working Group in the region. These views being the likely benefits and impacts of your project on the community.

Assessment criterion 3 – Impact of grant funding on your project. (20 points)

You should demonstrate this by describing:

  • How the project cost is consistent with proposed activities.
  • Your level of commitment to the project, including level of in-kind and/or cash contributions.

If your application is successful, you’ll receive a written offer. If you're unsuccessful, we’ll notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We’ll make the first payment when the grant agreement is executed. We’ll make subsequent payments after we've received and accepted the required report.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.55 MB docx · 0.45 MB

Sample Application Form

pdf · 0.37 MB docx · 0.18 MB

Sample Grant Agreement

pdf · 0.61 MB docx · 0.18 MB

Map – Kimba regional boundary

pdf · 1.99 MB

Map – Hawker (Wallerberdina Station) region boundary

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