Living Victoria Fund

Up to $1 M is available for projects that make the most of the available rainwater, stormwater and wastewater.

 Living Victoria Fund



Up to $15 million has been made available in Round Two of the Living Victoria Fund for projects that make the most of the available rainwater, stormwater and wastewater.



The Living Victoria Fund is designed to support organisations and communities across Victoria plan and implement local solutions that take advantage of all available water for fit-for-purpose use by:
  • making the most of the available rainwater, stormwater and wastewater in Victoria’s urban centres
  • better integrating water planning and urban planning, and increasing the use of alternative water sources to decrease pressure on potable water supplies
  • creating innovative urban environments where water will contribute to productivity, liveability and better environmental outcomes.



Up to $15 million is available in this round of funding and applications from across the State are encouraged. The maximum contribution from Round Two of the Fund is $200,000 to community/not-for-profit organisations and $1,000,000 to other organisations.


Eligible Projects

Round One of the Fund supported a range of diverse and innovative approaches designed to deliver whole-of-water-cycle management.

Round Two seeks applicants who will develop and deliver whole-of-water-cycle management solutions. The priorities are:

  • on-ground projects that will leave a lasting legacy
  • community/not-for-profit organisations who seek to implement local water solutions
  • potential iconic, innovative and leading edge projects


Eligible Applicants

The Living Victoria Fund is available to any organisation or group of organisations in Victoria interested in developing Integrated Water Cycle Management projects and working with the Office of Living Victoria and other organisations on similar projects. Traditionally, water sector grants have been accessible to water industry and councils. Office of Living Victoria recognises there are community, industry and other groups who are also seeking new approaches to dealing with pressing water cycle management challenges in their area.

Eligible applicants include any organisation with initiatives that assist with the adoption and implementation of Integrated Water Cycle Management and the goals of the Living Victoria policy. This includes business and industry, water authorities, local government, community groups, educational institutions and other sector stakeholders.



Applications for the Living Victoria Fund closed on 17th March 2014.


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Latest Recipient

A $1 million Living Victoria Fund Round Two grant will ensure the culturally and historically significant Glenferrie Recreation Precinct will grow and thrive into the future by using the right water for the job.

The grant, along with $1,010,000 from Boroondara City Council, will help develop a sustainable and holistic water management strategy for the important community precinct.

The Glenferrie Recreational Precinct incorporates Grace Park, LE Bray Reserve, Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Victorian Weightlifting Centre, Hawthorn Small Bore Rifle Club, Hawthorn Community Gardens and the Grace Park Law Tennis Club. It also incorporates Glenferrie Oval, the historic home of Hawthorn Football Club.

 The first stage of the project will see a system introduced to extract stormwater from an open drain that runs through Grace Park, where it will pumped to a raingarden to be naturally treated.

 The treated water will then be stored in an underground tank, where it will be disinfected and distributed for irrigation on Glenferrie Oval and Grace Park, and to water local tennis courts. Importantly, the storage will be connected to a nearby watering point to allow water tanker trucks to fill up and transport the water to other public spaces within the Boroondara municipality.

 The second stage of the project will see further treatment of the captured stormwater for use in the public pool at the Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Once completed, the project will potentially save up to 43 ML of water every year.

Living Local

Minister for Water Peter Walsh today announced a new $1.5 million initiative to encourage local whole-of-water-cycle management plans for communities in regional Victoria.

Minister Walsh said the Living Regions initiative was part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s urban water reform program, Living Victoria.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to helping urban communities, large and small, improve planning and management of local water supplies,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Coalition recognises the key to future water security is to make better use of all water sources, including rainwater, stormwater, ground water and recycled water as well as our precious drinking water supplies.

“The Victorian Coalition’s support for innovative, lower cost water projects and policies is in stark contrast to the Labor Party’s policies which saw customers saddled with the cost of expensive, lazy infrastructure like the north-south pipeline and the desal plant, which is not only producing no water but is costing Melburnians $1.8 million every single day.

“To help regional urban centres improve water planning, the Victorian Coalition Government has allocated $1.5 million to a new Living Regions initiative. Local councils and water corporations are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $250,000 from Living Regions to help develop whole-of-water-cycle management plans for localised areas.

“A whole-of-water-cycle management plan is a detailed analysis of a town or area’s overall water balance, looking at risks and opportunities in safeguarding water supplies to ensure the town remains green and liveable through future droughts.

“These plans will help councils investigate the most cost effective way to use the right water for the job including looking to local alternative water sources, such as rainwater, stormwater, wastewater and groundwater, as well as recycled water, for non-drinking uses.”

“Living Regions, together with the Living Ballarat, Living Bendigo and Living Geelong initiatives, demonstrates the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to water security and resilient communities across Victoria.”

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