Port Phillip Bay Fund

Up to $850,000 is available from Port Phillip Bay Fund to support projects that will protect and preserve the health of Victoria’s iconic bay.


Port Phillip Bay Fund

The Port Phillip Bay Fund is a grants program that supports projects by community groups and organisations who are working to protect and preserve the environmental health of the Bay.



The objectives of the Port Phillip Bay Fund are to support projects that address local and regional priorities to protect the health of the Bay and bay catchment area, including:

  • encouraging partnerships across a range of interested groups and organisations who support the environmental health of the Bay;
  • enhancing the amenity and environmental values in the Bay and on the foreshore; and
  • reducing and addressing threats to the health of the Bay, including nutrients, pollutants and litter.



Up to a total of $850,000 is available in Round 3.

For Round 3, there is one stream of funding available, for:

  • Community groups, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community groups, schools, and not for profit organisations
  • Projects of up to $50,000 and 12 months duration


Eligible Projects

For Round 3, Port Phillip Bay Fund is seeking community projects that create a legacy. Projects with onground works which will maintain and improve the health of Port Phillip Bay in the long term will be considered favourably. We encourage you to consider opportunities for partnerships, education, monitoring and citizen science within your on-ground project.

To be funded, projects need to meet at least one of the grant objectives.

Projects also need to:

  • be located in the Port Phillip Bay catchment area
  • demonstrate a clear link to the environmental health of the Bay.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of activities that may be funded through these grants:

  • Protection, rehabilitation and restoration of marine and coastal habitats and biodiversity (e.g. preserving threatened species habitat, fencing, marine and coastal weed and pest control).
  • Actions that conserve and increase awareness of the Traditional Owner values of Port Phillip Bay and its catchment area.
  • Actions that directly reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients, litter and pollutants that enter the Bay and its tributaries (e.g. installation of litter traps, source reduction programs, riparian revegetation, wetland systems to slow/treat storm water).
  • Managing visitor impacts on sensitive coastal and marine sites (e.g. improved access management, fencing, pathways).

Education, monitoring and citizen science activities will be considered, where they are part of a broader project with direct on-ground outcomes.


Eligible Applicants

Round 3 is targeted at:

  • Environmental groups and networks, such as Coastcare, Friends groups and Landcare
  • Volunteer-based recreational and community groups with an interest in the Bay, such as diving and naturalist groups, Scouts, Rotary, Lions, senior citizens and youth clubs
  • Committees of Management
  • Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community groups
  • Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools.

Other types of community groups may also be considered if they are proposing to work with volunteers to undertake local projects that support the environmental health of Port Phillip Bay.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have $10 million public liability insurance, with enough construction allowance to cover the project and meet one of the following:
    • be incorporated through Consumer Affairs Victoria, or
    • have an ABN with Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission registration, or
    • be a registered scout group, or
    • be a kindergarten, primary or secondary school, or
    • be a Registered Aboriginal Party, or
    • be a public land Committee of Management.



Applications close 10 April 2019.


Round 2 Projects

Waste, Wildlife & Our WaterwaysA.W.A.R.E (Australian Wildlife Assistance, Rescue and Education) Inc.$10,000
Bin Not Bay: Education and Community Outreach Programs to Inspire and Empower Bay Health StewardshipAustralian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation Ltd$199,620
Community & Berg Mt Martha Together – Protection, Rehabilitation and Restoration of Coastal HabitatBalcombe Estuary Reserves Group Inc (Berg Mt Martha)$31,395
Caring for our Bays – Connecting Community and Business to the BayBellarine Catchment Network$198,000
Avalon Coastal Reserve: Restoring a Forgotten Gem in Port Phillip BayBirdLife Australia Ltd.$198,500
Indigenous Sea Rangers and Local Government delivering Bay Health objectivesBunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation$100,000
Cardi Creek Kids: Creek to CoastCardi Creek Kids$9,940
The Litter Trackers: Reducing Littering by EducationCentre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management, The University of Melbourne$142,900
Monbulk Creek Community Neighborhood ProgramCommunity Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs$99,000
Community Led Foreshore Enhancement.Conservation Volunteers Australia$198,950
Swimsafe: Citizen science and sensors to protect bay beachesEnvironment Protection Authority Victoria$130,000
Litter Warriors – Protecting our BayFishcare Victoria Inc.$9,970
Frankston Beach Association Gould Street/ Beach Street and Gould Street/Palm Court Dune Revegetation ProjectFrankston Beach Association Inc.$12,200
Discover Port Phillip Heads Marine National ParkFriends of Beware Reef Narine Sanctuary$21,000
Our Coastline on Melbourne’s doorstepFriends of Greenwich Bay inc$9,800
Planting and collecting litter along Yarra close to the Bay using community volunteersFriends of Westgate Park Inc.$8,200
Connecting your Bay: using creative media to inspire, empower and motivate.Geelong Sustainability Group$97,000
Jawbone Marine Sanctuary seagrass ecosystem inventoryJawbone Marine Sanctuary Care$11,000
Friends, working together to improve the bayMornington Peninsula Shire$72,863
The Schools Caring for the Bay ProjectMother of God Primary School$52,980
Bay Vision: Recreational fishers restoring the Bay’s fish habitatsOzFish Unlimited$98,500
Global Melbourne: Empowering diverse residents and visitors to protect our BayPort Phillip EcoCentre$168,719
Leading the way to protect the Bay: Nerm events for Students and Teachers 14Port Phillip EcoCentre Inc$45,500
Healthy Rivers, Healthy BayPrimeSCI!, Swinburne University of Technology$117,941
Beneath the BayReef Life Survey Inc.$186,000
Connected to Port Phillip Initiative: Bringing People and the Bay TogetherRemember The Wild$199,940
The Plastics Lab: Establishing a free plastics identification facility for Port Philip community groupsRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)$191,830
Citizen-Science Drones for Bayside Beach HabitatSchool of Geography, The University of Melbourne$191,882
Inspiring Young Marine Science Experts – Stewards of Swan BaySt Aloysius Primary School$62,699
Engaging community, industry and government to reduce plastic resin pellets flowing into Port Phillip BayTangaroa Blue Foundation$111,863
OysterWatch – Enabling the community to engage in shellfish reef restorationThe Nature Conservancy$172,793
Street to Bay – Litter Survey of Port Phillip Bay CatchmentThe Scout Association of Australia, Victorian Branch$99,835
Broadening and deepening engagement and learning in Port Phillip BayVictorian National Parks Association Inc.$65,600
Bridging troubled waters – linking community groups with pollution tracking technologyWerribee River Association$199,057
Litterblitz – raising awareness, partnerships and volunteerism to combat the threat of litter to the bayWerribee River Association$79,210
Tyrone Foreshore Camping Ground Drainage UpgradeWhite Cliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management Inc.$10,000
Western Waterways of the WurundjeriWurundjeri Land & Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corporation$89,700
Lower Yarra Reed Bed Blitz CleanYarra Riverkeeper Association Inc$197,600
The Yarra Catchment AtlasYarra Riverkeeper Association Inc$123,600


Round 1 Projects

Furthering health of foreshore and vulnerable bay habitats: ongoing revegetation and educationFriends of Williams Road Beach1$6,700
Restore indigenous vegetation on Beleura Cliff PathFriends of Beleura Cliff Path1$2,641
Waste, Wildlife & Our WaterwaysA.W.A.R.E (Australian Wildlife Assistance, Rescue and Education) Inc.1$6,300
Love Your Creek – Love Your BayDarebin Creek Management Committee1$7,120
Better Bay Water Quality – Balcombe Estuary Riparian Restoration & Improvement, Mt MarthaBalcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc1$9,960
Teaching materials on how farmers are protecting the Bay through environmental stewardshipFarming Moorabool1$5,661
Scout cleanup and audits of beaches for micro-plastics and erosion1st/14th Brighton Sea Scouts Venturer Unit1$9,860
Richmond West Rainwater Garden – a multicultural school community connecting with the BayRichmond West Primary School1$9,785
Community enhancing Westgate Park’s wetlands to improve health of Port Phillip BayFriends of Westgate Park Inc.2$55,550
Litter and flows  – connecting the Yarra and the BayYarra Riverkeeper Association3$147,000
Rapid response to litter cleanups after high rainfallFriends of Merri Creek Inc3$52,420
Working together to target the source of marine debris & litterTangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd2$33,598
Caring For Our Bays Phase 2Bellarine Catchment Network1$99,000
Melbourne’s Multicultural Coastcare / Landcare Team – a first for VictoriaCoastcare  – Port Phillip and Western Port  Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning2$99,996
RAMSAR Wetland Connectivity and Bay Health Protection through Community ActionConservation Volunteers Australia1$97,375
Optimising fertiliser application rates to reduce excess nutrient runoff into the BayBalliang Food and Fibre Group2$47,850
Clean Bay Blueprint: litter evidence, pro-active education and collaborationPort Phillip EcoCentre Inc3$289,076
Love Our Street, Creek and Bay – litter reduction programLove Our Street3$36,731
St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths)St Columba’s Primary School3$76,765
Restoring Coast Banksia Woodland, across the Mornington PeninsulaMornington Peninsula Shire1$86,910
Living Water Workbees: private/public co-creation of weather-resilient Bay and catchmentsPort Phillip EcoCentre (with Werribee Riverkeeper)3$300,000
Restoring healthy ecosystems on subtidal reefs: an integrated approachNational Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne3$297,443
Protective fencing to protect Hooded Plover habitat nests and chicksFriends of the Hooded Plover ( Mornington Peninsula) Inc1$38,000
River to the Bay, Creating Healthy WaterwaysYarra Ranges Council3$296,000
Coastal Ambassadors Working for a Healthy and Valued Port Phillip BayDolphin Research Institute3$152,742
Black Rock Pre School Beach KinderBlack Rock Pre School1$14,120
Our Future City: ‘Linking By Design’ CompetitionLoci Environment and Place Inc.1$25,000
Chandler Park Wetlands Kew – project implementationBoroondara City Council2$200,000
Strengthening ReefWatch – communities monitoring the health of Port Phillip BayVictorian National Parks Association (VNPA)3$299,037
Managing nitrogen loads in Port Phillip Bay: towards better water qualityNational Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne3$281,600
From grey to green: nature-based solutions for coastal protectionNational Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne3$174,548
Upgrading Beach Drainage OutletsMornington Peninsula Shire1$100,000
Community Based Litter ActionMelbourne Water3$122,600
Reducing litter and sediment, and raising awareness in the Tanti Creek catchmentMelbourne Water1$100,000
Bay Friendly BusinessesFrankston City Council1$30,000
Help Save Sam SeadragonBeach Patrol Australia Inc.1$10,200


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