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 environment.

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants are funded through the Victorian Landcare Grants Program and the National Landcare Programme.  2016-17 grant applications totalled over $900,000, far exceeding the available funds and approximately $435,000 was allocated to 65 organisations.

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 Programme) will be allocated through the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants.

 

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.

For more information on grant eligibility see the PPWCMA Community Grants 2017-18 Guidelines (PDF – 785KB).

 

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.

 

2017-18 grants

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants 2017-18 are offering project grants of up to $30,000 and group support/start-up grants of up to $500. Approximately $434,000 ($184,000 from the Victorian Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants program and $250,000 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme) will be allocated through the grants program.

All projects funded through the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Community Grants must help deliver the Regional Catchment Strategy’s objectives for one or more of the regional environmental assets outlined in this document.

Please sure you read and understand the PPWCMA Community Grants 2017-18 Guidelines (PDF – 785KB) in full before applying.

 

2017-18 grant applications

Applications close Monday 25th September 2017.

How to apply for group support/start-up grant

To receive a 2017-18 group support/start-up grant, eligible applicants need to complete an online survey by 25th September 2017.  Groups are not required to submit a separate application form.  The survey data provided will enable the production of the 2016-17 Port Phillip and Westernport Landcare Report Card.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their surveys electronically, but if if you have any difficulties please contact Doug Evans – (E) doug.evans@ppwcma.vic.gov.au – (T) 8781 7920 – (M) 0409 252 851.

 

How to apply for a project grant

Organisations applying for a project grant need to complete the project grant 2017-18 application form.

Application needs to clearly outline the project’s intent, delivery method, outputs and budget. For assistance completing the project grant application form, see the step by step guide in the Community Grants 2017-18 Guidelines (PDF – 785KB).

Completed application forms and attachments can be sent to community.grants@ppwcma.vic.gov.au. In line with PPWCMA’s commitment to reduce consumables, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically.  See the application form for submission options.

For further information please contact the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA at community.grants@ppwcma.vic.gov.au or on 8781 7921.

 

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