The Community Environment Grants Program being delivered as part of the Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a $1 million investment to support the delivery of projects to protect and restore native plants, wildlife, and coastal environments in the area between Bells Beach to Peterborough, and the Otways hinterland.

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 improve

Round Two Announced

Applications are about to open for round two of the Community Environment Grants Program.

Find out about how to apply for round two.

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Projects that are being supported include the following areas:

  • Indigenous revegetation and supporting activities (plant propagation and fencing where directly related to and proportional to the benefits of revegetation activities);
  • Weed and pest animal control (except those activities outlined in ‘What will not be funded’ section below)
  • Fencing and access track construction or improvement works that protect or manage environmental values; and
  • Other habitat improvement works.

Round Two Announced

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

There is $150,000 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.

Individual grants of between $3,000 to $20,000 per year (excluding GST) for up to 18 months duration will  be available to eligible groups.

We advise all interested groups to sign up to our email newsletter for important information. We will also be holding a Zoom information session on the 8th of October.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the (FAQs)  below. If you still have a question, email us at info@cccma.vic.gov.au .

What is the Community Environment Grants Program?

The Australian Government is providing funding through its Wild Otways Initiative (the initiative) to support community groups, local governments and Traditional Owners to undertake on-ground environmental works projects that will protect and restore native plants, wildlife and coastal environments in the Otways region, between Bells Beach and Peterborough, and the Otways hinterlands.

What type of works will be funded?

The Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative Community Environment Grants Program (Grants Program) will fund projects that demonstrate environmental outcomes through the delivery of the following on-ground works:

  • Indigenous revegetation and supporting activities (plant propagation and fencing where directly related to and proportional to the benefits of revegetation activities);
  • Weed and pest animal control (except those activities outlined in ‘What will not be funded’ section below)
  • Fencing and access track construction or improvement works that protect or manage environmental values; and
  • Other habitat improvement works.
How much funding is available?

A total of $1 million is available over the life of the program, with individual grants of between $3,000 to $20,000 per year (excluding GST) for up to 18 months duration available to eligible groups.

When do applications close?

Applications close on 12 November 2021 at 5:00PM.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to all community-based groups, Local Government Authorities and Traditional Owners located within the Program Area (see Figure 1) who can demonstrate how they will deliver on-ground environmental improvement works that protect and restore native plants, wildlife and coastal environments.

Applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria, or be incorporated through an incorporated association, e.g. Landcare Victoria Incorporated.
  • Hold insurance sufficient to safeguard volunteers and participants involved in the funded activities, including public liability insurance of at least $10 million. Committees of Management, both incorporated or unincorporated, under Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 are covered by DELWP and do not require additional public liability insurance.
  • Have a Covid-safe plan that adheres to the guidance of the Chief Health Officer (www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/).

Groups that do not meet the above requirements can still apply for funding but must operate under the auspices of an organisation that meets these requirements (see ‘Do we need an auspice’ section in Appendix 1).

What will be funded?

The Grants Program will fund projects from $3,000 to $20,000 (excluding GST) per year for up to 18 months duration (December 2021 – June 2023). All proposals should contain sufficient detail to allow them to be assessed and the detail is to be commensurate with the level of funding requested.

Projects must:

  1. Be delivered within the geographic area shown in Figure 1 below, which stretches from Bells Beach to Peterborough and includes the Otways hinterland.
  2. Deliver activities that will protect and restore native plants and vegetation communities, native wildlife and coastal environments including on-ground works listed under section 2 ‘What type of works will be funded’. Please note that conditions apply to some works – see ‘What will not be funded’ below.

Please note:

  • More than one project grant application can be submitted by an applicant (e.g. group/network).
  • Your budget and value for money will be considered in the assessment process. You will need to demonstrate that all activities and budget items are necessary for the success of the project and that the amounts requested are reasonable.
  • Project proposals that can demonstrate greater project outcomes through in-kind contributions or investment have a higher likelihood of attracting funding.
What will not be funded?

The following activities will not be funded:

  1. Amenity and beautification projects without demonstrable benefits for native plants, wildlife or coastal environments.
  2. Pest animal control methods including shooting, poisoning, trapping, explosive or fumigation will not be supported. This includes engaging a contractor to undertake these activities.
  3. Boundary fencing for the primary purpose of stock management.
  4. Barbed wire fencing.
  5. Revegetation with non-indigenous plant species (note: all plants should be locally sourced and chosen on the basis of the diversity and structure of the vegetation type (Ecological Vegetation Class) predicted for the site, local environmental conditions, ease of propagation, and the size of the area to be planted).
  6. Vegetation corridor less than 10 metres wide.  Minimum project width of 10 metres is required (minimum 10 metres from the top of the bank in riparian areas).
  7. Purchase of capital items with a total cost over $2,000 for projects requesting up to $20,000 per year in funding.
  8. Project management or administration costs that collectively total more than 10% of total funding requested.
  9. Purchase of computers, laptops and smartphones.
  10. Purchase of goods for competitions, prizes, giveaways, vouchers or alcohol.
  11. Any other action or activity determined by the Grant Assessment Panel through the assessment process to be inconsistent with the Grants Program Objectives.
Project location and mapping?

Projects can be on private or public land within the Community Environment Grants Program Area (see Figure 1 below). Written consent from Public Land Managers must be provided in your application.

Applicants will need to provide a map of the location(s) of the on-ground component of their project and attach the map to their application as a pdf.

How will the projects be evaluated?

Project grant applications will be assessed by a Corangamite CMA Grant Assessment Panel. This Panel will consider the contribution a project makes in terms of:

  1. Environmental outcomes, including the protection and restoration of native plants, wildlife and coastal environments
  2. Community participation and community benefit
  3. Project design and applicant capacity to deliver
  4. Budget and value for money (including in-kind contributions).

More details are provided in the Community Environment Grant Program  Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Apply on our application page here

Community Grants Information Session

This online workshop will provide interested applicants with the opportunity to participate in an informal question and answer session to assist in the development of applications for the ‘Community Environment Grants Program’ being delivered as part of the ‘Wild Otways Initiative’.

Find out more here.

Round One Projects

We’re excited to announce $855,000 worth of applications have been currently approved. View the list of approved projects below.

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ApplicantProject TitleGrant amount
Wye to Wongarra LandcareTrees for Tawnys$6,860.00
Hordern Vale Glenaire Landcare GroupConnecting the fragments and Otway wet forest and coastal dune biolinks$43,605.40
ANGAIR IncMoonah woodland revegetation at Fairyland Nature Reserve on the Anglesea River$11,970.00
ANGAIR IncRehabilitation and protection of Painkalac Valley terrestrial wetland and habitat for threatened species$50,519.00
Barongarook Landcare GroupCommunity groups restoring a fifty kilometre Central Otway wildlife corridor, the Old Beechy Rail Trail$83,105.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkRestoring the headwaters of the Yan Yan Gurt creek$45,716.00
ANGAIR IncBlackwattle Track woody weed removal$23,080.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkHabitat restoration in the Pennyroyal Valley$93,429.00
Upper Barwon Landcare NetworkProtecting and rehabilitating water sources and remnant bushland in the Gerangamete region$72,746.30
Heytesbury District Landcare NetworkSherbrooke River corridors: protection, propagation and revegetation$48,096.00
Camperdown Timboon Rail Trail Committee of ManagementControl of exotic weeds to enhance biodiversity and protect indigenous species and communities.$29,390.00
Binnawee Co-operative LtdRevegetation of the Wild Dog Creek in Binnawee property$15,487.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkA trial floral diversification of a historic revegetation project in Apollo Bay$41,250.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkSouthern Otway Landcare Network – Wongarra revegetation project, 2021-2023$24,200.00
Conservation Ecology CentreEnsuring habitat for the Leafy Greenhood Orchid$36,450.00
Friends of Eastern OtwaysEnvironmental weed control Moggs Creek, Great Otway National Park and coastal reserve$13,157.75
Surf Coast inland Plains Landcare NetworkProtecting biodiversity in the Surf Coast hinterland$22,040.00
Port Campbell Public Purpose ReservePort Campbell Biolinks Project$27,460.00
Forrest & District Community GroupForrest holly removal and indigenous revegetation – Hennigan Cres$22,413.00
East Otway LandcareHabitat regeneration in the Bambra bushland$8,541.00
Trust for NatureWorking together to enhance wet forest habitat in Apollo Bay.$26,026.00
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkThe Barham River Restoration Project$92,383.50
Southern Otway Landcare NetworkAfrican Weed Orchid (Disa bracteata) Eradication on the Marengo Airstrip$17,875.00

 Grant applications are assessed by our Corangamite CMA Grant Assessment Panel. 

This Panel considers the contribution of a project in terms of:

  • Environment outcomes, including the protection and restoration of native plants, wildlife and coastal environments.
  • Community participation and community benefit.
  • Project design and applicant capacity to deliver.
  • Budget and value for money (including in-kind contributions).
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This project is support by the Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund. This project will run until 2023.