Thank you to everyone that recently submitted their applications for the 2017-18 Community Grants. The assessment panel is currently going through all of the project submissions and the recipients will be announced in November 2017. For further information please contact the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 8781 7921.
About the 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.
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 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.