Up to $15,000 is available through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants to protect and conserve coastal and marine environment.

Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program

Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program supports community organisations to take practical local action to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. The grants support the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems and environments across the State through rehabilitation, restoration and preventative conservation actions.

 

Background

Victorian communities and volunteers play a key role in the ongoing protection and conservation of our coastal landscapes. To support these community groups and their activities, funding is provided through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program.

 

Objectives

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program support the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems and environments across the State through rehabilitation, restoration and preventative conservation actions. The program also seeks to:

  • Support community conservation works that align with current Victorian environmental priorities and strategies;
  • Promote involvement of community volunteers in coastal natural resource management;
  • Enhance community skills in, and knowledge of, coastal protection;
  • Increase the engagement of Victoria’s Indigenous people in the management and protection of the State’s coast; and
  • Foster new partnerships between community groups and organisations working to protect the coast.

 

Funding

Applications are being sought for small grants of up to $10,000 for one-year projects and $15,000 for two-year
projects.

 

Eligible Projects

Projects should focus on issues such as:

  • Biodiversity and habitat monitoring and preservation
  • Threatened species recovery
  • Revegetation
  • Long term monitoring of beach condition
  • Control of weeds and pest animals
  • Community engagement
  • Marine and coastal awareness and education

Applications are being called for practical local actions that protect and enhance the coastal and nearshore marine environment. Priority will be given to applications for projects that:

  • Protect, rehabilitate and enhance coastal and marine habitats, waterways and wetlands by stabilising dunes, preventing coastal erosion, establishing wildlife corridors and enhancing/protecting high quality remnant native coastal habitat.
  • Establish long term community based beach condition monitoring
  • Protect critical habitat for coastal and marine species e.g. nesting sites, feeding sites, roosting sites, aggregation sites, from the impacts of threats including pest animals, domestic animal disturbance, overfishing etc.
  • Increase participation of individuals and communities in coastal and marine conservation projects, including enhancing skills and knowledge and raising community awareness.
  • Directly involve indigenous organisations or groups in protecting, rehabilitating and enhancing coastal sites.
  • Initiatives to reduce or control marine plastic pollution
  • Projects that use ‘citizen science’ for monitoring aspects of coastal or marine environments

 

Eligible Applicants

All incorporated community groups can apply for a grant. These groups include:

  • Coastcare, Landcare, ‘Friends of’ groups, naturalist groups, Coastal Committees of Management and non-government community organisations;
  • Indigenous organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country;
  • Community service organisations and clubs;
  • Education institutions including schools and universities;

Non-incorporated community groups, clubs, etc. can apply if they have a sponsor who agrees to enter into a contract on their behalf. This sponsor must be an incorporated body. In some cases, the project sponsor may also be the land manager (eg. local government).

The following organisations can participate as a sponsor, but are NOT eligible to apply in their own right:

  • Catchment Management Authorities
  • Water Authorities
  • Industry Bodies
  • State Government statutory bodies/authorities
  • State government agencies (except for schools)
  • Local government

 

Timing

Applications close 20 February 2018.

 

Recipients

OrganisationProject
Friends of the Prom IncSea Spurge Removal:  Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park
Rhyll Coast Action IncRevegetation of Coastal Woodland at Pleasant Point, Phillip Island
Mount Eliza Association for Environmental CareWeed Control and Re-vegetation Ranelagh Beach Foreshore Reserve No2
Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) IncFostering Community Participation and Protection for a flagship Coastal Species; the Red-capped Plover
Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers AssociationUndertow Bay Weed Removal and Revegetation Stages 4 and 5
Elizabeth Cain/ Seaside ScavengeSeaside Scavenge Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Environment Association IncorporatedRed Bluff Mornington rehabilitation
Silverleaves Conservation Association Inc.Protection and Enhancement of Coast Banksia Woodland
South Gippsland Landcare NetworkCorner Inlet Citizen Science Water Quality Improvement Project
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network2018-19 Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Community Conservation Project
Friends of the Beleura Cliff PathRevegetate, monitor drainage, and prevent erosion of Beleura Cliff Path
Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland IncorporatedMoogji Coastal Works Project 2018-2019
Anglican Earthcare Gippsland IncRaymond Island Monitoring Environmental Change and Management of invasive species
Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc (BERG Mt Martha)Vegetation Survey & Assessment of Mount Martha Coastal Vegetation
Friends of Williams Road BeachCreating habitat resilience, extending the habitat corridor & reducing plastic pollution, Mount Eliza Foreshore
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaPoint Lonsdale Foreshore Stabilisation
Bellarine Catchment NetworkBellarine Coastal Community Engagement and On-Ground Works 2018-19
Heytesbury District Landcare NetworkControlling incursion of Coast Wattle
Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Committee of ManagementWalkerville Foreshore Reserve Weed Eradication, Revegetation and Erosion Control 2018
Tambo Bluff Landcare CoastcareSteps towards the future – restoring and protecting the integrity of the Lake King foreshore
Friends of Beware ReefImproved Technical Capability
McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.Enhancement of McCrae Coastal Habitat.
Australian Marine Mammal Conservation FoundationMarine Litter Education Project – Empowering Young People, Making A Difference
Fishcare Victoria Inc.What’s Under the Water
Friends of Fisherman’s BeachLinley Point/Fishermans Beach Weed Removal and Indigenous replanting
Victorian Wader Study GroupSustaining long term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia

 

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