As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Victorian Landcare Grants

The Victorian Landcare Grants program is a long-term Victorian Government investment into the volunteer Natural Resource Management sector.

Melbourne Water will administer the Port Phillip & Western Port round of the program in 2022/23, a responsibility formerly held by the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA which in 2022 has integrated into Melbourne Water.

Across the state $3.35 million is available for community groups such as Landcare, Friends of and Committee of Management for on-ground works, capacity building and community education and engagement.

Project grants of up to $20,000 are available as are Support Grants of up to $500 to help with administration and running costs.

Applications open on Tuesday June 14 at 9am and will conclude on Tuesday July 26 at 5pm.

For information or to discuss a potential application please contact Barry Kennedy, Regional Landcare Coordinator on 0447 821 559 or email [email protected]

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What are the Victorian Landcare Grants?

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The Victorian Government is providing funding to support Landcare and environmental volunteer groups and networks undertaking on-ground works, education and capacity building projects to protect and restore our land and natural environment.

The objectives of the Victorian Landcare Grants are: 

  • To fund projects that address local, regional and state land and environment priorities through delivery of:
    • On-ground works
    • Capacity building activities
    • Community education and engagement
  • To sustain Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks by providing support grants, particularly for groups whose continuing existence will benefit from this support.

How much funding is available?

A total of $3.35 million is available for project and support grants across Victoria.

What type of grants are available?

Project Grants

Up to $20,000 may be provided to eligible groups and networks for:

  • On-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands and soils.

Note: Projects must be completed and reported on by 30 November 2023

More than one application can be submitted.

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Support Grants

Up to $500 may be provided to eligible groups and networks for start-up and support funding for:

  • Assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites and other communication.

Note: groups and networks can apply for both Support and Project Grants, however if successful in receiving a Project Grant they will not receive a Support Grant.

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When do applications close?

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 26 July 2022.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Victorian Landcare Grants program?

The Victorian Landcare Grants support Landcare and other community-based natural resource management groups to protect and restore the Victorian landscape. The grants are delivered through the state's ten Catchment Management Authorities. The grant program funds:

  • on-ground works that deliver on local, regional and state priorities
  • capacity building activities for land stewardship and on-ground change
  • projects that promote innovation through experimental trials and pilot programs
  • support grants to ensure a strong Landcare base across the state
  • opportunities to promote Landcare and increase membership and volunteer numbers.
What is the difference between Liveable Communities, Liveable Waterways program and Victorian Landcare Grants program?

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.

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.

As part of the PPWCMA integration into Melbourne Water, the DELWP funded Victorian Landcare Grants, the Port Phillip and Westernport region of this program is now being managed by Melbourne Water.

The Victorian Landcare Grants program is state-wide funding program for projects that protect, enhance and restore Victoria’s land and environment.

The 2022 Victorian Landcare Grants program is open for applications for a 7 week period per year.


Why is Melbourne Water now managing the Victorian Landcare Grants program?

In 2021, the Victorian Government made the decision that the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) would be integrated into Melbourne Water, effective from 1 January 2022. As part of this integration, a number of programs and services from the PPWCMA have been moved into Melbourne Water, including the managing applications for the Port Phillip and Westernport region within the Victorian Landcare Grants program.

What does the integration of the PPWCMA and Melbourne Water mean?

The integration will create a single, integrated entity with a shared vision for catchment and waterways management for the Port Phillip and Westernport region. This means that Melbourne Water will now be the Catchment Management Authority for this region and responsible for the health and resilience of its land, water and biodiversity. More information about the integration can be found on the Melbourne Water website.

Are existing services being removed to make space for PPWCMA projects?

No, all existing Melbourne Water services are being retained.

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Last updated:
30 June 2022