COVID-19 update: Melbourne Water is continuing to deliver grant programs to councils and the community during this time, and working to minimise any changes to processing times. For enquiries about existing grant projects and Melbourne Water’s Incentives programs, contact the Customer Service Centre on 131 722 or email [email protected]

Apply for funding

For over 20 years, Melbourne Water has supported our customers and the community to undertake a range of activities that have helped us to improve the health of our waterways and deliver our vision to enhance life and liveability.


A new Incentives Program is coming
Based on customer feedback, we are currently transitioning to a new funding model under our soon-to-be released incentives program. Our new Incentives Program will streamline the existing grants programs into one, simplified process that allows flexibility, supports the delivery of services, responds to a changing environment and enables new opportunities and partnerships. We are currently fine tuning this program with a small number of customers and it is not yet open for applications broadly. Stay tuned for changes to our grants and incentives offerings, and details on how to apply.

Current grants programs available

Councils and public land managers

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Councils and public land managers can access funding to improve river health through the following grants programs:

  • Corridors of green: Funds projects such as weed control, fencing and creating management plans. Expert assistance and advice is also available.

  • Living Rivers programFunds strategic and on-ground projects to improve stormwater quality and councils’ capacity to manage it. Training, guidance and support is also available.​

Schools and community groups

Schools and community groups can access funding to educate the community or improve river health through the following grants programs:

  • Community grants programFunds work that protects or enhances riverbanks on public land, raising awareness, training and education. Expert advice and assistance is also available.​

Land owners 


​Private landowners and land managers can access funding to improve river health through the following grants programs:

  • Stream frontage management program: Funds work that protects or enhances riverbanks, such as weed control, fencing and planting. We also offer technical advice and learning opportunities.

  • Rural land program: Funds projects in specific catchments to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients entering waterways from farmland.

Technical advice, education and support to develop farm plans is also available.

Find grants

Melbourne Water’s Find Grants program assists individuals and communities to locate other grant providers to fund projects for the purpose of recreation, active transport, urban greening, cultural heritage, public artwork and signage, community events and the environment.

Information and applications for these external grants must be dealt directly with the relevant organisation and not Melbourne Water.

If you're looking for land for community use, the 'Our Space Your Place' program can help you find Melbourne Water sites.

Last updated:
22 September 2019