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
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.
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.
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.
Applications are being sought for small grants of up to $10,000 for one-year projects and $15,000 for two-year
Projects should focus on issues such as:
- Biodiversity and habitat monitoring and preservation
- Threatened species recovery
- 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
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
Applications close 20 February 2018.
|Friends of the Prom Inc||Sea Spurge Removal: Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park|
|Rhyll Coast Action Inc||Revegetation of Coastal Woodland at Pleasant Point, Phillip Island|
|Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care||Weed Control and Re-vegetation Ranelagh Beach Foreshore Reserve No2|
|Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc||Fostering Community Participation and Protection for a flagship Coastal Species; the Red-capped Plover|
|Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association||Undertow Bay Weed Removal and Revegetation Stages 4 and 5|
|Elizabeth Cain/ Seaside Scavenge||Seaside Scavenge Mornington Peninsula|
|Mornington Environment Association Incorporated||Red Bluff Mornington rehabilitation|
|Silverleaves Conservation Association Inc.||Protection and Enhancement of Coast Banksia Woodland|
|South Gippsland Landcare Network||Corner Inlet Citizen Science Water Quality Improvement Project|
|Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network||2018-19 Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Community Conservation Project|
|Friends of the Beleura Cliff Path||Revegetate, monitor drainage, and prevent erosion of Beleura Cliff Path|
|Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Incorporated||Moogji Coastal Works Project 2018-2019|
|Anglican Earthcare Gippsland Inc||Raymond 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 Beach||Creating habitat resilience, extending the habitat corridor & reducing plastic pollution, Mount Eliza Foreshore|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia||Point Lonsdale Foreshore Stabilisation|
|Bellarine Catchment Network||Bellarine Coastal Community Engagement and On-Ground Works 2018-19|
|Heytesbury District Landcare Network||Controlling incursion of Coast Wattle|
|Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management||Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Weed Eradication, Revegetation and Erosion Control 2018|
|Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare||Steps towards the future – restoring and protecting the integrity of the Lake King foreshore|
|Friends of Beware Reef||Improved Technical Capability|
|McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.||Enhancement of McCrae Coastal Habitat.|
|Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation||Marine Litter Education Project – Empowering Young People, Making A Difference|
|Fishcare Victoria Inc.||What’s Under the Water|
|Friends of Fisherman’s Beach||Linley Point/Fishermans Beach Weed Removal and Indigenous replanting|
|Victorian Wader Study Group||Sustaining long term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia|