Community grants program

​Volunteer community groups play an important role in protecting and improving local rivers and creeks. Find out if your group is eligible for funding and how to apply.​​

Applications for our community grants for 2017/18 are now closed. Information about our 2018/19 funding round will be available in September 2018. Please contact us for more information.

Melbourne Water offer grants annually to volunteer community groups to support them to deliver waterway improvements on public land.

Community groups can apply for support grants – up to $1,000 and project grants – up to $30,000.

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Who can apply

Groups and organisations in the Port Phillip and Westernport region including:

  • incorporated community groups
  • management committees
  • volunteer groups
  • schools

To qualify for a community grant your group must meet a number of terms and conditions. Please refer to the Community Grants Guidelines below. 

Types of grants

There are two types of grants: Group Support and Project. Your group may apply for both of these grants.

Group Support grants

Running and organising volunteer groups takes time and money. These grants are available to help with:

  • administrative activities
  • increasing participation in your group
  • raising public awareness
  • training to improve skills and knowledge in protecting and improving waterway health
  • educating the community about project work

Project grants

These grants can fund a range of activities on public land along waterways including:

  • weed control
  • revegetation (replanting) with indigenous plants

How to apply


Please download and read these guidelines which are designed to help you with the community grants process.

Important forms to download

Please download and fill out the following forms as applicable. These need to be filled out before undertaking the application process.

Application forms

Community grants applications can be submitted online through SmartyGrants from September 11 to 16 October 2017.

Supporting community groups

Together with Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) we have a long history of supporting community groups, to improve the health of waterways and catchments.

Applications for projects on non-riparian/waterway areas on either public or private land may be funded through the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority. Please note that the grant round for 2017/18 closes 25 September 2017.

For more information on their grants please visit the Port Phillip and Westernport community grants website.

Grant opportunities for non-riparian projects through other organisations may be explored through the Find Grant Hub.

Contact us

If there are any issues accessing the online forms please contact us:

Last updated:
22 February 2018