Funding Opportunities

The Corangamite CMA funds individuals, landholders, community groups and volunteer environment organisations to implement a range of projects including revegetation, weed control, willow removal, stock exclusion fencing, off-stream watering, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity protection, natural disaster recovery, renewable energy, waterway restoration, natural resource management, community education and community events.

Current grants

The Victorian Landcare Grants

The Victorian Government is providing funding to support Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks for on-ground works, education, and capacity-building projects that protect, enhance, and restore our land and natural environment.

A total of $2.55 million is available for project and support grants across Victoria. Up to $30,000 is available for on-ground works, capacity building activities, community education and engagement that protects, or improves natural assets such as native vegetation, native fauna, waterways, wetlands, and soils. Up to $500 is available for assistance with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational needs, or meetings and events or newsletters, websites, and other communication.

Grants are open to all Victorian Landcare and environmental volunteering groups and networks that have a focus on on-ground land and natural environment improvement work.

This includes Landcare groups and networks, ‘Friends of’ groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups and organisations working on Country.

Your application is to be made through SmartyGrants:  

Past grants

The Community Environment Grants Program

The Community Environment Grants Program is an allocation of $1M from the Wild Otways Initiative, and will support local governments, Traditional Owners and volunteer groups to deliver on-ground environment projects to protect and restore native plants, wildlife, and coastal environments. 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.

Applications for the grant program are now closed.

Ramsar Grants Program 2019-20

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

The 2019-20 Ramsar Grants program offers funding for projects that seek to involve and educate local communities in valuing and actively caring for the ecological values of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site.

Waterway Protection Program 2016-2020

This program is not currently undertaking new projects. However, expressions of interest are welcome for our next round of funding.

The Corangamite CMA seeks to partner with interested land managers and community groups who are committed to achieving the protection of their local waterways through our Waterways Protection Program 2016-2020.

Past Tenders

Plains Tender

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

Historically the Victorian Volcanic Plains has protected remnant vegetation through funding fencing and stock exclusions, this is funded through the Australian Federal Government.

Analysis of the social and economic values dependent on a flowing Barwon River through Geelong and lower Moorabool River.

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

Part 1. Significance of flows in the Barwon River and lower Moorabool River.
Analyse and quantify the risks of future climate change scenarios on the flows in the Barwon River,
under a ‘do nothing’ flows scenario and assess the impacts/benefits of potential water recovery on
water quality and other flow-dependent values.

Part 2. Social and economic values of the Barwon River through Geelong and lower Moorabool

An investigation and analysis of the social and economic values that are derived from the river’s
ecosystem and natural capital.

Our Catchments Our Communities

The Victorian Government has provided $22 million over the next four years to implement Our Catchments, Our Communities, Victoria’s first state-wide Integrated Catchment Management Strategy. The Corangamite region has three on ground projects currently being delivered through the Our Catchments, Our Communities program.

Sustainable Dairy Management

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

A partnership between the Corangamite CMA, AgricultureVictoria, WestVic Dairy, and Landcare will lead the Sustainable Dairy Management Project to engage dairy communities to support whole of farm nutrient management in the Gellibrand and Curdies river catchments.

The project aims to deliver on-ground improvements to more than 20 farms that support a reduction in nutrient runoff and improved farm productivity through a combination of on farm extension works and a regenerative farming program.

Connected Landscapes – Adapting Corangamite’s Natural Assets to Climate Change

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

This project promotes integrated catchment management in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and community Natural Resource Management groups.

The project has two components:

  • An on-ground works program supporting connectivity across fragmented landscapes of the Woady Yaloak, Leigh and Moorabool River catchments. Working in partnership with a local community alliance, Central Highlands Water and private land managers the project will deliver an incentive program to support farming practice change, remnant vegetation protection and enhancement, community grants, and focus sights showcasing biodiversity protection.
  • An adaptation pathways approach to planning for the projected impact of climate change on the Western District Lakes. Bringing together private, public and community stakeholders to complete a multiple future scenario action planning process to identify where effort is best invested to protect and enhance the lakes into the future.

Protecting the Environment via On-farm Water Efficiency

This project is not taking expressions of interest and funding has closed.

This project is delivering a number of on-farm pilot activities testing the viability and effectiveness of modernised on-farm water capture technologies to meet future farming need, and achieve improved water efficiency.

This project is in response to the need for more secure water flows to high-value environmental assets in the face of climate change. The project includes analysis of a range of water efficiency technologies and approaches to determine their viability in delivering on farm and catchment benefits.

Landcare Grants

The 2019-20 Victorian Landcare Grants were announced on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Grant boost Corangamite Landcare projects