September 14, 2021

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) is announcing the opening of a second round of 'Community Environment Grants' as part of the Australian Government's $1 M' Community Environment Grants Program' being delivered as part of the 'Wild Otways Initiative'. 

There is $150K available in this second round of grants for all eligible community-based groups, Local Government Authorities and Traditional Owners located between Bells Beach, Peterborough, and the Otways hinterlands. 

The 'Community Environment Grants Program' will fund projects that demonstrate environmental outcomes through the delivery of revegetation and supporting activities, weed and pest animal control, fencing and access track construction or improvement works that protect and manage environmental values; and habitat improvement work. 

The first round of the 'Community Environment Grants Program' closed on 22nd January 2021 with a successful 23 projects funded, supporting 16 community environment organisations totalling an $850k investment for on-ground works delivered by the community. 

Grant applications will close on Friday 29th October 5pm 2021.

Corangamite CMA CEO John Riddiford says, "We are thrilled to be announcing the second round of Community Environment Grants to continue supporting local community groups to deliver great local projects that protect and enhance our natural environments".

"The Australian Government's 'Community Environment Grants Program' this past year has highlighted the significant contribution that local groups and organisations make to delivering environmental conservation work that is essential for the protection of the Corangamite Region," said Mr Riddiford.

 "The Community Environment Grants Program is an inclusive and diverse funding opportunity. We were thrilled with the diverse range of successful projects funded through the first round of the grants program," Mr Riddiford went on to say.

"We want to continue supporting local community groups and organisations to deliver great environmental outcomes for our community. We encourage all eligible community groups to apply and take advantage of the second round of grants," continued Mr Riddiford.  

For more information on the 'Community Environment Grants Program', visit insert web link or contact the Corangamite CMA on 1800 002 262. 

This project is supported by the Corangamite CMA through funding from the Australian Government's Environment Restoration Fund.

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