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 this year’s round of community grants will be open from 2 September to 30 September 2019, see how to apply below.
Who can apply
Groups and organisations in the Port Phillip and Westernport region including:
- incorporated community groups
- management committees
- volunteer groups
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, your group may apply for both of these grants.
1. 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
2. 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 completed before submitting the application.
Community grants applications will open from 11am Monday, 2 September to 11pm Monday, 30 September 2019.
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.
Please note that the PPWCMA Community Grants 2018/19 have been completed. For more information, including a list of 2018/19 recipients, visit PPWCMA grants.
A new incentives program is coming soon – we are broadening our existing incentives and grants offerings to better support our customers and the community by creating a new Incentives Program. This does not affect your existing grants at this stage and existing programs remain open for new applications. We will engage with you further once the new program is refined.