Applications are now open for the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants and will close 20th February 2019.

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment.  It has two key focus areas:

  • Conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions for Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
  • Support community participation and engagement to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management.

Grants of up to $10,000 for one-year projects and $15,000 for two-year projects are available.

Who can apply?

Grants are open to community groups. To be eligible, applicant groups must be:

  • an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria or be incorporated through an umbrella group such as the Farm Tree and Landcare Association; or
  • registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC); or
  • a non-incorporated community group with an eligible sponsor (auspice - see below) who agrees to enter into a contract on their behalf.  

Examples of eligible groups include:

  • Coastcare, Landcare, ‘Friends of’ groups, field naturalist groups, coastal Committees of Management and non-government community organisations;
  • Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country;
  • community service organisations and clubs;
  • educational institutions including schools and universities.
Application process
  1. Read the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program 2019 Guidelines and FAQs (links below)
  2. Contact your local Coastcare facilitator to discuss your project (contact details below)
  3. Submit your application using the online grant system SmartyGrants, at the following link: Your online application can only be accessed by one set of login details.  We recommend signing up to SmartyGrants with a generic group or team email.  We encourage you to start your application as early as possible.  You can save your application and return to it at a later date.
Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program 2019 Guidelines and FAQs

Coastcare Grant Guidelines (Word.docx)

Coastcare Grants Guidelines (PDF)

Coastcare Community Grants FAQs (Word.docx)

Coastcare Community Grants FAQs (PDF)

Before you apply, please discuss your project with your Coastcare facilitator:

Bellarine and Surf Coast

Rebecca Briody

Phone: (03) 5220 2012


Far South West

Adam Taylor

Phone: 0427 316 324


Port Phillip and Westernport

Phillip Wierzbowski

Phone: (03) 9450 8793


South Gippsland

Bruce Atkin

Phone: (03) 5183 9116


East Gippsland

Bethany Hunting

Phone: (03) 5152 0473


Coastcare Community Grants 2018 recipients



Friends of the Prom Inc

Sea Spurge Removal:  Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Promontory National Park

Rhyll Coast Action Inc

Revegetation of Coastal Woodland at Pleasant Point, Phillip Island

Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care

Weed Control and Re-vegetation Ranelagh Beach Foreshore Reserve No2

Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc

Fostering Community Participation and Protection for a flagship Coastal Species; the Red-capped Plover

Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association

Undertow Bay Weed Removal and Revegetation Stages 4 and 5

Elizabeth Cain/ Seaside Scavenge

Seaside Scavenge Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Environment Association Incorporated

Red Bluff Mornington rehabilitation

Silverleaves Conservation Association Inc.

Protection and Enhancement of Coast Banksia Woodland

South Gippsland Landcare Network

Corner Inlet Citizen Science Water Quality Improvement Project

Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network

2018-19 Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Community Conservation Project

Friends of the Beleura Cliff Path

Revegetate, monitor drainage, and prevent erosion of Beleura Cliff Path

Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Incorporated

Moogji Coastal Works Project 2018-2019

Anglican Earthcare Gippsland Inc

Raymond Island Monitoring Environmental Change and Management of invasive species

Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc (BERG Mt Martha)

Vegetation Survey & Assessment of Mount Martha Coastal Vegetation

Friends of Williams Road Beach

Creating habitat resilience, extending the habitat corridor & reducing plastic pollution, Mount Eliza Foreshore

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Point Lonsdale Foreshore Stabilisation

Bellarine Catchment Network

Bellarine Coastal Community Engagement and On-Ground Works 2018-19

Heytesbury District Landcare Network

Controlling incursion of Coast Wattle

Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management

Walkerville Foreshore Reserve Weed Eradication, Revegetation and Erosion Control 2018

Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare

Steps towards the future - restoring and protecting the integrity of the Lake King foreshore

Friends of Beware Reef

Improved Technical Capability

McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.

Enhancement of McCrae Coastal Habitat.

Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation

Marine Litter Education Project - Empowering Young People, Making A Difference

Fishcare Victoria Inc.

What's Under the Water

Friends of Fisherman's Beach

Linley Point/Fishermans Beach Weed Removal and Indigenous replanting

Victorian Wader Study Group

Sustaining long term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia