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.​​

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. 

How to apply

Please download the community guidelines, Land Manager Declaration and Tax & EFT forms below. These need to be filled out and ready once your online application form is completed.

For non-waterway environment projects please apply to PPWCMA.

If you are unsure of which program is right, submit an application to either organisation, quoting ‘best-fit’ in the title.  We will work together with PPWCMA to ensure your project is assessed through the right channel. 

Community grants guidelines 2016/17

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

Important forms to download

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

There are two online forms available; one for support grants and the other is for project grants:

Community grant assistance

If there are any issues accessing this online form, please send us an email at river.health@melbournewater.com.au or call our River Health Hotline on 9679 7431.

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.

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. 

This year ourselves and PPWCMA are aligning the call for community grant applications to give community groups the best chance of success. 

While our organisations have individual application forms and guidelines, we will work together behind the scenes to ensure applications go to the appropriate area for assessment.


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