Community Grants

Each year the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA offers grants to community groups and volunteer-based organisations to support the important work they undertake in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. These grants are intended to help community groups with projects and activities in their local area that improve the health of the environment throughout Port Phillip and Western Port catchments.

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA is proud to support our local Landcare community through delivery of the State Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme Regional Delivery funding.

The Community Grants support activities that demonstrate contribution to the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Regional Catchment Strategy including:

  • Protection, enhancement or establishment of native vegetation;
  • Improving soil condition and resilience;
  • Managing the threat posed by pest plants and animals;
  • Community education and capacity building; and
  • Maintenance grants to support group and network operation and member recruitment.

Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority and Melbourne Water working together to support community groups.

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA and Melbourne Water both have a long history of working with community groups and each other to improve the health of catchments, waterways and biodiversity in the greater Melbourne region.

In 2016/17 Melbourne Water Community Grants will be available separately to the PPWCMA Community Grants.

While the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA and Melbourne Water each have their own individual guidelines and application forms we will be sharing information behind the scenes to ensure great outcomes for the region and community groups.

If your project application is primarily focussing on a waterway, please visit the Melbourne Water community grants program

If your group’s application focusses on the non-waterway environment please apply to the PPWCMA Community Grants program. If you are unsure of which program is right for your project, please contact the PPWCMA or Melbourne Water to discuss your concept before completing the application.


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Details on how eligible groups and networks can apply are contained in the PPWCMA Community Grants 2016-17 Guidelines below.


PPWCMA Community Grant Guidelines 2016-17

PPWCMA Community Grant Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions



For further information please contact the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA at or on 8781 7921.