Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants

Each year the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA offers grants to Landcare groups and networks, community groups and volunteer-based organisations to support the important work they undertake in the region to protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the region.

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants are funded through the Victorian Landcare Grants Program and the National Landcare Program. The PPWCMA administers delivery of this funding, as well as monitors and evaluates the environmental impact and reports on their outcomes.


2017-18 Community Grants

Thank you to everyone that submitted an application for the 2017-18 Community Grants. All submissions have now been assessed and the recipients announced.

In 2017-18, approximately $434,000 ($184,000 from the Victorian Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants program and $250,000 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program) was allocated to 78 groups. View 2017-18 grants recipients.

The 2018-19 Community Grants will open in mid-2018. Join our enewsletter to be advised when they open and for other grant opportunities.


Are the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Grants right for you?

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants are available to Landcare groups/networks and community environmental organisations to undertake non-waterway focused environmental improvement works, as well start-up or run a Landcare group/network.

If your project is primarily focused on a waterway, you need to apply for funding through the Melbourne Water Community Grants Program. For more information visit the Melbourne Water website.

Type of grants

Group support/start-up grants

Group support grants are designed to fund the organisational start-up or running costs of a Landcare group or network.

  • Start-up grants: up to $500 per new group
  • Group support grants: up to $500 per existing group or network

These grants are only available to incorporated or suitably auspiced Landcare groups/networks working on private land. Groups/networks need to be incorporated before payment can be made (new groups/networks can claim reimbursement for the costs associated with incorporation).


Project grants

Project grants are open to volunteer-based, environmental community groups for projects on non-riparian/waterway areas on either public or private land.  These grants will fund projects up to $30,000 that:

  • Protect, restore or enhance priority landscapes in order to maintain ecosystem services;
  • Improve connectivity in landscapes and ecosystem resilience through on-ground works and/or capacity building for stewardship or on-ground change;
  • Facilitate the uptake of sustainable agricultural practices by Landcare and community groups, including engagement with agricultural industries and technical experts to ensure adoption of best practice;
  • Efficiently contribute to, support or extend other local or regional projects (eg. the provision of materials for Green Army projects, complementary works for the 20 Million Trees programme or the Peri-urban Weed Management initiative etc.);
  • Demonstrate matching co-contribution of at least 1:1 (cash or in-kind)
  • Demonstrate future security / maintenance of works; and
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements outlined in these guidelines.


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