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]

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 this year’s round of community grants will be open from 2 September to 30 September 2019,  see how to apply below.

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 $20,000.

Community grants program - transcript

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, 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. 

Submit application 

Community grants applications will open from 11am Monday, 2 September to 11pm Monday, 30 September 2019.

Submit Project Grant application 

Submit Support Grant application 

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.

Contact us

 131 722

 [email protected]

Last updated:
26 September 2019