The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorians to help protect the environment, with grants of up to $50,000 now available for conservation projects or habitat restoration.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today opened the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which will fund small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways.
Community and Traditional Owners groups, volunteer organisations and schools are welcome to apply for grants through three different streams, which include:
- The Port Phillip Bay Fund – to protect the health of Victoria’s iconic Port Phillip Bay by supporting projects that maintain and improve the health of the Bay’s marine life, habitats and water quality
- Aboriginal Community Caring for Country Grants – to support Aboriginal communities and organisations to access and care for Country
- Community Volunteer Action Grants – to protect and enhance the natural environment, boost volunteer participation and address threats to biodiversity on public and private land.
Previous grants have supported a range of work by groups such as Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network to protect Turquoise Parrots, Owlet-nightjars and Brown Treecreepers, while the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network received funding to restore habitat for the Greater Glider and wetland birds.
A further two streams will open later this year, including the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants – opening in March – which supports the next generation of Victorians to protect biodiversity through action that improves and restores habitat for native plants and animals.
The Victorian Landcare Grants will open in April for groups doing work to improve the natural environment.
The grants will be spread across a range of geographic locations to align with the priorities identified in the Victorian Government’s blueprint for conservation planning, Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We are fortunate to have so many incredible community groups dedicated to protecting and enhancing our precious biodiversity – these grants ensure their good work can continue.”
“Communities and volunteers everywhere play such an important role to ensure Victoria’s natural environment remains healthy for years to come.”
“This is an opportunity to invest in projects with clear conservation outcomes and I encourage all eligible community groups and organisations to apply.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021