The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment.
The 2021 grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and the Victorian Great Outdoors Initiative, which seek to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.
The 2021 Grants Program aims to support the three pillars in the Coastcare Victoria Strategy 2021-2026, (PDF, 1.8 MB) including,
- Marine and Coastal Stewardship - conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions for Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks - supporting community organisations to diversify, plan for the future and be responsive to change.
- Victorians Valuing the Coast - supporting community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management.
The Victorian government is providing funding up to $647,000 for the 2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program.
This year, there are two types of grants available:
- Small grants of up to $5,000.
- Large grants from $5,000 up to $30,000 for larger projects.
Projects will fit into one of three streams on offer including:
- Stewardship and Education.
- Strengthening our Volunteer Groups.
- Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination.
The following community groups and organisations with a focus on marine and coastal environs are eligible for funding:
- Coastcare Victoria groups
- Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country
- Landcare groups
- ‘Friends of’ groups
- Field naturalist groups
- Coastal Committees of Management
- Non-government community organisations
- Community service organisations and clubs
- Educational institutions including schools and universities (recommended to partner with local coastal volunteer group).
To be eligible for funding applicants must be:
- an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria or be incorporated through an umbrella group such as Landcare Victoria Inc. or
- registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) or
- coastal Committee of Management incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978
- hold sufficient insurance to safeguard volunteers and participants involved in the funded activities, including public liability insurance of at least $10 million and personal accident insurance.
Groups and networks that do not meet the above requirements can still apply for funding but must operate under the auspices of a sponsor organisation. You will be required to supply written approval (such as supporting letter) from your auspice (sponsor) as part of your application.
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Wednesday 23 June 2021, 5pm
Successful applicants notified
Late August 2021
Agreements signed (milestone 1) and payments made
Job Safety Plan due (milestone 2)
Final report due (milestone 3) and project completed
June 2022 (short projects), June 2023 (long projects)
Guidelines and other documents
- Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Spreadsheet for Streams 1 and 3 (Excel, 60.5 KB)
- Spreadsheet for Stream 2 (Excel, 57.8 KB)
- Application form Stream 1 (PDF, 315.7 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Application form Stream 1 (DOCX, 82.5 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Application form Stream 2 (PDF, 313.2 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Application form Stream 2 (DOCX, 82.9 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Application form Stream 3 (PDF, 324.9 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Application form Stream 3 (DOCX, 83.8 KB) applications must be made using grants online
- Grants Online Information Sheet (PDF, 528.5 KB)
- Grants Online Information Sheet (DOCX, 405.1 KB)
Coastcare Victoria Facilitator Contacts
Far South West
Phone: 0436 284 073
Bellarine and Surf Coast
Alexandra (Ally) Clark
Phone: 0437 035 120
Phone: 0427 441 013
Phone: 0436 629 941
Grant recipient resources
- DELWP Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Guide (PDF) (PDF, 11.0 MB)
- Guidelines for acknowledging the government's funding support (PDF) (PDF, 188.3 KB)
- Coastcare Victoria Funded Projects Standards (Word) (DOCX, 635.7 KB)
- Coastcare Victoria Funded Projects Standards (PDF) (PDF, 308.1 KB)
- Coastcare Victoria Media & Communications Reporting Standards (Word) (DOCX, 583.0 KB)
- Coastcare Victoria Media & Communications Reporting Standards (PDF) (PDF, 159.5 KB)
Coastcare Community Grants recipients
2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients
In 2020, 24 grants worth a total of $492,299.10 have been awarded through the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program. The program has provided up to $30,000 to community groups and educational institutions to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments and strengthen marine and coastal volunteer groups.
The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.
Congratulations to all recipients. The volume and quality of applications received highlights the commitment, innovation and passion shown by coastal volunteer groups to make lasting improvements to our coastline.
Category 1: Stewardship and Education
- Conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems
- Support community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management in the face of climate change
|Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation|
Convincing Ground restoration project
Restoration of a tract of land that was Traditionally the clan lands of the Kilcarrer Gunditj where a Convincing Ground massacre took place following conflict with whalers. Restoring the health of the land by removing rubbish, identifying possible cultural heritage sites, invasive weed removal and revegetation. “The project will get our mob on Country…to educate ourselves and the wider community…the area needs to be healed and this can only be done by us”.
|Mornington Environment Association and subgroup Friends of Mills Beach|
Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation - Red Bluff and Mills Beach
Continue the rehabilitation of important coastal woodland along one of Mornington's most popular foreshore areas through maintenance, weed control, re-establishing native habitat, education and engagement and increasing pride in the local environment through interpretive signage.
Phillip Island Landcare Group
Phillip Island Coastcare Blitz - Collaboration, engagement, training and action
Bringing together Coastcare and Coast Action groups across Phillip Island in collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Landcare Group to inspire, engage, educate and facilitate community working bees along the coast.
|Australian Marine Mammals Conservation Foundation|
Marine Mammals Connecting Communities
Expanding the unique community education program, Marine Litter Project, with public awareness events to create greater understanding of local marine environmental values, demonstrating how we can all make positive differences. Travelling along the coast with the interactive ‘BurraVan’ display trailer.
Birds n Bickies: Communities Conserving Migratory Shorebirds
Shorebird Monitoring citizen science program that raises awareness of shorebirds and their habitat and encourages the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds across Victoria.
|Tangaroa Blue Foundation|
Let’s Strain The Drains – Warrnambool
The first stormwater debris monitoring project in Warrnambool (just the second in Victoria) builds on existing local beach clean-up data by analysing stormwater drain data to help identify the source of litter on beaches and reduce litter at the source.
|Ocean Grove Coastcare Group|
Bin the Butt
A pilot project in collaboration with Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the City of Greater Geelong to address over-representation of cigarette butt litter along the Ocean Grove coastline. Combines installation and monitoring of cigarette butt bins, distribution of personal butt bins and community awareness/education activities.
|Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc|
Avoiding a murder: training ravens to leave beach-nesting birds alone
Investigating a non-lethal raven management technique widely used in the northern hemisphere by conditioning taste aversion through exposure to treated artificial eggs to advance beach-nesting bird conservation efforts across coastal Victoria.
|Friends of Beleura Cliff Path|
Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path - Stage three
Achieving a dense strip of deep-rooted, long lived indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses down the length of Beleura path using indigenous seed-bombs.
|Lake Tyers Coast Action Inc|
Living Bung Yarnda: water quality monitoring and knowledge sharing at Lake Tyers
Establishing a citizen science water quality monitoring program in Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers) East Gippsland. incorporating different ways of seeing and knowing place across cultures and generations through the collection of stories, anecdotes, photographs and artworks and assisting in the ongoing management of the lake.
|Bass Valley Landcare Group|
Multi-faceted Mangrove Management in the Bass Valley
Combining environmental research and monitoring with direct on-ground action to achieve the most effective results for restoration of Mangrove Shrubland EVC in the Bass Valley.
Litter Trackers - 'Burbs to the Bay
Releasing GPS tracked bottles into suburban waterways to track the journey of litter from catchments to coasts. Educating communities and school children about the life of litter and gathering reliable, scientifically relevant data about litter depositional zones and transport rates.
|Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care|
Fostering our future with Blue Carbon: A local approach
Developing a blue carbon program to increase understanding and local conservation of blue carbon systems (Mangroves, seagrass and saltmarsh) within the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary through partnership with Parks Victoria, Deakin University, Blue Carbon Lab, Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre, Mangrove Watch, Victorian National Parks Association, and Friends of Williamstown Wetlands.
|Friends of the Prom|
Restore Hooded Plover Habitat at Picnic Bay
Extending the successful Squeaky Beach sea spurge eradication and Hooded Plover habitat restoration to Picnic Bay through chemical spraying and volunteer hand-weeding.
|Swinburne University of Technology|
Healthy Rivers, Healthy Bay: Western Port
Raising community awareness within four Local Government Areas surrounding Western Port to instil a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship through student workshops and citizen science activities (water quality monitoring and litter surveys) and conserving and enhancing 70Ha of catchment and coastal areas.
|South West Environmental Education Inc|
Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project
Tackling environmental issues impacting on the integrity of the Lagoon Project area and its estuarine environs with a community driven program of working bees and planting days. Fish and other fauna within the Lagoon will benefit from the restored riparian zone and improved water quality.
|French Island Landcare Group Inc|
Habitat rehabilitation on French Islands south coast
Restoring native vegetation with weed control and replanting indigenous species, extending previously restored areas.
|Rhyll Coast Action Inc|
The Blue Periwinkle Project
Rehabilitating and conserving an otherwise relatively healthy part of the southern Rhyll coastline by controlling a large infestation of Blue Periwinkle.
|Australian Plants Society - Warrnambool & District Group|
Plants of the Great South West Third Edition
Production and Printing of a third edition of the popular book "Plants of the Great South West" which contains photographs and full descriptions of plants in south west Victoria. The new edition will include 116 extra species and in total 130 rare and endangered plants along with over 50 environmental weeds.
Category 2: Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups (marine and coastal volunteering)
To build community capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:
- Expand, diversify and increase inclusivity of volunteer bases (e.g. encourage participation of volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities and youth)
- “Reimagine volunteering” to attract more/ different volunteers e.g. flexible, casual, event-based or short term volunteering
- Improve volunteer recruitment and retention
- Succession planning for your group
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Multicultural Bay Ambassadors and Multifaith Coastcare
Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities who may face language or logistical barriers to joining Coastcare activities including introduction to marine and coastal volunteering, multilingual animations and field training internships to four Multicultural Bay Ambassadors.
Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha
Moving Forward - Building BERG Mt Martha's Capacity to Grow
Succession planning and mentoring the next wave of volunteer leaders to improve the capacity of individuals and the organisation to be innovative using the Look Outwards, Not Inwards (LONI) approach.
|South Gippsland Conservation Society Incorporated (SGCS)|
SGCS renewal - planning for the future
Engaging consultants to support SGCS to review its current position and develop a written plan for moving forward. The Society is a significant resource, supporting conservation in the region and desperately needs to refresh both its vision, its management and its membership in order to continue to fulfil this role.
|The Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota|
Wilderness Coast Project - Sanctuary Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota
Increase and enrich the understanding, interest and connection that young people have to the unique SE Victorian coastline through on-ground land management activities and mentorships and maintaining community spirit as locals continue to heal following the recent bushfires.
|Bellarine Catchment Network|
Blue Volunteers: towards an active, diverse and resilient Coastcare community
Expand and diversify coastal volunteer base by pioneering innovative methods and new partnerships with scouts, Aboriginal groups, multicultural organisations and more. Projects will development resources and activities to assist youth and people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to increase their engagement and on-ground action in coastal and marine environments.
2019 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients
|Beach Patrol 3280||Stop the POP (Plastic Ocean Pollution)|
|Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management||Northern Bellarine Red-Capped Plover Community Education|
|Bellarine Catchment Network||Creating our Future Coast-carers|
|Bellarine Landcare Group||Coastal and Inland Plants: Booklets for the Bellarine Peninsula|
|Earthcare St Kilda Inc.||St Kilda Penguin Visitor App|
|East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network||Chinaman's Creek Rainforest Recovery|
|Frankston Beach Association Inc.||Wells Street to Beach Street Foreshore Rehabilitation Project|
|Friends of Beware Reef||Improving marine species video footage|
|Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc.||Chinamans Swamp Skink Habitat Restoration Project|
|Friends of Earimil Bluff (MEAFEC)||Protecting, extending and interpreting biodiverse botanical reference area Earimil Bluff|
|Friends of Flinders Coastline Inc.||Coastal Flinders Restoration Project|
|Friends of Mallacoota||Rehabilitate Gabo Island|
|Friends of the Prom Inc.||Sea Spurge Removal Stage 2: Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach|
|Friends of Williams Roade Beach (Mt. Eliza Association for Environmental Care)||Furthering resilience at steep locations & enhancing site understanding of scouts, Mt. Eliza Foreshore|
|Gippsland Plains CMN||Eagle Point enhancement and education|
|Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers Haven||Eradicating Cape Honey Flower at Harmers Haven|
|Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers Haven||Continuation of Successful Sea Spurge Control on Primary Dunes at Harmers Haven|
|Jan Juc Coast Action||Caring for Jan Juc's heathlands|
|Killarney Coastcare Group||Belfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2019|
|Making a Difference for the Merri (MAD) Landcare group||Woollen Mill Riparian Restoration - Merri River|
|McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.||Protecting Coastal Banksia woodland and revegetating degraded spaces- McCrae foreshore|
|MESAC - Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc.||MESAC - Who are we and why are we important to our oceans and community?|
|NGSC Green Action Project||The Green Action Project/ North Geelong Secondary School|
|Safety Beach Foreshore Landscape Committee Inc.||Coast Care Safety Beach 2019/20|
|South West Environmental Education Inc.||Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project|
|Torquay Landcare Group Inc.||Spring Creek our hidden jewel|
|Victorian National Parks Association||Great Victorian Fish Count|
|Victorian Wader Study Group Inc.||Sustaining long-term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia|
|Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network||Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 2019|
Application tips, ideas and inspiration
Video: Grant application tips (9:07) - watch here
Naomi Wells from Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) shares the key elements of their successful 2019 Coastcare Victoria grant application.