Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways Program

Apply for Melbourne Water’s new streamlined and flexible incentives program: Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways.

For over 25 years, Melbourne Water has worked in partnership with our customers and the community to undertake a range of activities that have helped us improve the health of our waterways and deliver our vision to enhance life and liveability.

Based on feedback from our customers, we have developed a new Incentives Program, Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways that brings together several successful Melbourne Water grant programs into a single streamlined application process. 

Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways builds on our proud partnership history through a strong focus on innovation, healthy environments, liveability and collaboration across all areas of water management.

We’ve designed the program to respond to emerging challenges and foster new partnership opportunities on initiatives that create healthy people, healthy places and healthy environments.

Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways is open throughout the year to all our customers including landowners, councils and public land managers, school and community groups, universities and research institutions, not for profit and collaborative multi-stakeholder groups.

Partnering with our customers and community

We are looking for projects and longer-term partnerships that provide value to Melbourne Water, our customers, partners and community by aligning with at least one of the following themes:

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Connected habitat and catchments

Works that focus on protecting waterways and biodiversity and are aligned with Melbourne Water’s strategies. 


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Integrated water management (IWM) enablers

Initiatives ranging in scale from precinct to regional that facilitate multi-partner IWM, influence industry and address existing barriers to implementation. 


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Science, innovation and technology

Research and technology that can support best practice management and improve how MW and our partners work together.


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Liveable cities

Local projects that support at least one of the following: healthy waterways, green open spaces and resilient urban landscapes, and deliver community and environmental benefits. 


You can find an indicative list of the types of projects or activities you could apply for in our Program Guidelines. You can also find case studies on past projects on our Featured projects and partnerships page. If you are a private landholder, please also visit our Private Landholders page.

We encourage you to discuss your proposed idea with us before applying.


Transitioning to the new program

All customers under our Living Rivers, Corridors of Green, Community Grants, Stream Frontage Management and Rural Land Programs have now transitioned to Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways.

All the activities that were eligible under our legacy programs are still eligible for funding under Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways.

If you are delivering a project that Melbourne Water funded under our legacy programs, we will continue to support you to deliver it.

Download the program guidelines

Contact us

 131 722

[email protected]

Last updated:
24 March 2023