Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants Program

Up to $75,000 is available from 3CA Grants Program to identify and support practical projects focused on adaptation activities with clear community benefit.


Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants Program

The Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s Supporting our Regions to Adapt initiative, a three-year program providing practical support for communities to prepare for the challenges of a changing climate. It supports outcomes from Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020.



The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering a small grants program to build resilience to climate change impacts through community-driven adaptation activities that address identified gaps and priorities in Victoria’s regions.

The 3CA Grants program aims to:

  • identify and support practical projects focused on adaptation activities with clear community benefit;
  • foster partnerships between communities, local governments and regional stakeholders on adaptation; and
  • generate and share learning on good practice approaches to community adaptation.

During 2017-18, a Regional Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis was completed in each DELWP region within Victoria (see map in Attachment 1). Key findings from each Gap Analysis have been published in a Regional Adaptation Snapshot Report for each region. Potential impacts and adaptation priorities identified in the Regional Adaptation Snapshot report for the relevant region should inform the development of grant applications and will guide the assessment of the 3CA Grants.



In total, the available funding for the 3CA Grants program is $1,000,000. The other parameters for the grants are:

  • Grants between $25,000 to $75,000 will be awarded.
  • Projects should be implemented between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2020.
  • Grants are limited to one grant per organisation/group.


Eligible Projects

This program will fund two categories of projects:

Building Adaptive Capacity

These projects will aim to build the capacity of communities or regions to better plan for, coordinate and deliver actions that support communities to adapt to current or future climate change impacts. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Projects that strengthen climate change knowledge and leadership within communities, industry and government.
  • Projects that create a network of stakeholders to share climate change adaptation knowledge and lessons learnt.
  • Projects that build awareness of climate risks, potential impacts on local communities, and what actions individuals, communities, businesses and organisations can take.
  • Projects that promote and share knowledge on climate change adaptation thematic issues (e.g. improved resilient agricultural techniques, cooler greener urban spaces, coastal climate change impacts).

Delivering Adaptation Action

Delivering Adaptation Action projects will implement practical actions that will support communities and regions to adapt to current or future climate change impacts. Successful projects could pilot new approaches to address local adaptation issues, replicate existing good practice approaches to benefit communities, or extend existing projects to increase the benefit to the community. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Projects that prevent, mitigate or reduce exposure to identified climate risks in your local area.
  • Projects that increase resilience to changing climate conditions (e.g. more resilient agriculture techniques or improved community management of heatwave or extreme weather events).
  • Projects that demonstrate opportunities for adaptation and mitigation co-benefits (e.g. green wall/roofing, micro-grids).
  • Projects that pilot engaging in a new activity or changing practices to take advantage of changing climatic conditions.


Eligible Applicants

The 3CA Grants program provides funding for local communities to adapt to climate change impacts in their region of Victoria.

Eligible projects must either be led by, or implemented in partnership with, a local council, traditional owner corporation, community group, or not-for-profit organisation.

Other organisations, for example education institutions or private sector organisations, are also eligible to apply for funding provided they are partnering with a local council, traditional owner corporation, community group or not-for-profit organisation, and the project is for public benefit and not solely for private/individual gain.

In addition, to be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • be an incorporated body, cooperative or association (including business associations), and
  • be financially solvent.



Applications close 31 March 2019.


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