Funding opportunities

Financial assistance is often available to support natural resource management activities across the SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) region. You can find more information about potential funding opportunities by clicking on the below links.

Connecting Communities

The Connecting Communities Grants program is available to incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local governments for projects that aim to increase community skills, knowledge and participation in NRM in the SAMDB region.

Community Grants

Funding for projects with a focus on research and development, monitoring and reporting, planning and engineering design, on-ground works, or education and awareness but must relate to the key areas of the Regional NRM Plan.


Sponsorship can be provided for a specific event, conference, award or activity and is intended for individuals and community groups.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR)

Read about other types of grants and funding available from DEWNR.

Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program (COFFIE)

As a delivery partner in the South Australian pilot of the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program, the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board is able to assist landholders seeking funding to modernise their irrigation infrastructure. In exchange for the funding, irrigators must return water savings to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Hotel (CEWH) for use as environmental water (e-water). 

On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP)

The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program (OFIEP) assisted irrigators to become more efficient water users through upgrades to on-farm infrastructure.  Outcomes from OFIEP-funded projects have promoted the sustainability of farms, irrigation communities and the environment. While some irrigators are still completing their OFIEP-funded project works, applications for OFIEP funding are now closed. Irrigators are encouraged to consider COFFIE for future projects.