Communities around Kimba and Wallerberdina Station can now apply for up to $2 million in grants each under the second round of the Community Benefit Program announced in October last year.
Applications opened today for the program, which was allocated for communities involved in in-depth consultation about being host to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, of which Kimba was chosen forin February this year.
Grants between $5000 and $1 million will be available for eligible projects, with applications to the government open until August 11.
Entities eligible to apply include community groups, local businesses, not-for-profits, councils, and indigenous organisations.
Federal Minister for Resources Keith Pitt said the funds would deliver long-term benefits.
"This investment will support the communities through projects and initiatives that can further build and diversify local economies as well as improve community wellbeing," he said.
"The guidelines were developed in consultation with the local consultative committees to meet their economic and socio-economic needs, and I thank them for their input into the process."
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said this second round of grants was a demonstration of the ongoing commitment the government has to the process.
"For Kimba it will mark the end of the decision-making phase, with a clear majority of residents looking forward to the legislation getting passed and works beginning," he said.
"The Community Benefit Grants will enable both communities to make significant improvements with a range of projects."
Kimba Consultative Committee convener Allan Suter said the funding would be welcomed.
"I am sure the Kimba community will welcome this additional funding and put it to good use to improve outcomes across the community," he said.
"This community has dealt with drought and now COVID-19, as well as a simultaneous general downturn in population...so new funding for our town will be welcomed.
"In particular, I hope that at least some funding can go towards more local mental health initiatives, but let's see what the applications and ideas look like, of course."
Kimba District Council have already indicated they may apply for some funding through the community benefits program to develop a local workforce plan.
To see guidelines for the grant application process, visit business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/.