24 August 2015
Applications are now open to fund projects proposed by local Landcare networks and community-based natural resource management groups. Grants of up to $30,000 per project are available for community environmental groups with $250,000 funding from the regional delivery stream of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and funds from the State Government’s Victorian Landcare Grants. $434,000 was available in 2014/15 that was delivered to 58 local groups for a variety of projects over the Greater Melbourne area including Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula, south-eastern Melbourne suburbs, the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges, north and west of Melbourne, including Ballan, Romsey, Melton, and Bacchus Marsh. It is anticipated a similar pool of funding will be available in 2015/16. Each year the Port Phillip and Westernport CMA coordinates the grants for community groups and volunteer-based organisations to support the important work they undertake in the region. These grants deliver a variety of projects and activities that improve the health of the environment throughout the catchments. Port Phillip and Westernport CMA CEO, David Buntine praised the work of local community groups across the region. “We’re proud to support the many Landcare and other community-based groups which develop and deliver great local projects that protect our land, water and biodiversity,” he said. “The volunteers in these groups do amazing work year after year to help their local communities and the broader environment. They deserve all the help we can give and these community grants are one way of supporting their wonderful work. Those interested in applying can view the criteria and application forms on ppwcma.vic.gov.au under the Funding and Grants, Community Grants section. Some of the projects funded in the past year have included: enhancing habitat for quolls at Mt Rothwell, restoring the Parwan escarpment, sharing sustainable farming practices in the Bass Valley, producing a rural property guide for Mornington Peninsula, invasive weed control and creating biolinks in the Pentland Hills. For more information, contact the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA on (03) 8781 7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.