Community Environment Grants Program

The Community Environment Grants Program (Closed for applications)

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 types of projects that will be supported through the program include:

  • 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.

A total of $1 million is available over the life of the program, with individual grants of between $5,000 to $50,000 per year (ex GST) for up to 2 years duration being available to eligible groups. Please refer to the funding guidelines below for eligibility details.

Applications for the grant program closed at 5pm on Friday 22nd January 2021.

Community Environment Grants Program Project Assessment

Grant application assessments are now underway by our Corangamite CMA Grant Assessment Panel. 

This Panel will consider the contribution a project makes 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).
Successful and non-successful applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application Monday 8th March 2021.

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‘Community Environment Grants Program’ Information Session One

Below is a recording of the online information session that was held on Monday the 23rd of November.

For more information, contact:

Anthony Byrne – Project Officer Ph: 0407 885 143 Email:

This project is supported by The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the
Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund