Victorian communities and volunteers play a key role in the ongoing protection and conservation of our coastal landscapes. To support these community groups and their activities, funding is provided through the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program.

Grants of up to $7500 will be provided to successful applicants to take practical local action to protect and enhance the coastal and nearshore marine environment.

The aim of the Grants Program is to support the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems and environments across Victoria through rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions undertaken by volunteer groups.

Who can apply?

All incorporated community groups can apply. These include Coastcare, Landcare, ‘friends of’ groups, naturalist groups, Coastal Committees of Management, non-government community organisations, indigenous organisations, land councils, trusts and cooperatives working on-country, community service organisations and clubs, and education institutions including schools and universities.

Non-incorporated community groups can apply if they have a sponsor who agrees to enter into a contract on their behalf. This sponsor must be an incorporated body. In some cases, the project sponsor may also be the land manager (for example, local government).

Application process

Applications for 2017 have closed and successful projects have been announced.

Please contact your local Coastcare Facilitator for information on any upcoming Coastcare Community Grants.

Statewide Coordinator

Evelyn Nicholson
03 5527 0424

Coastcare Port Phillip and Westernport

Philip Wierzbowski 
03 9450 8793

Coastcare South West

Emma Dart and Clare Laine

Coastcare Gippsland

Bruce Atkin
03 5183 9116

Coastcare Community Grant funded projects in 2017

Friends of Williams Road Beach Furthering habitat Resilience and Cultural Heritage understanding along the Mount Eliza foreshore 7013
Marine Education Science and Community (MESAC) Activity Leaders Manual 1100
Friends of Pt Addis Marine National Park Inc  Dieback Fightback – Education signage and bike wash station replacement project 5851
Nature Glenelg Trust Narrawong Swamp Scrub and Indigenous Cultural Garden support 7440
Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group From the River to the Sea. Improving water quality of the Mitchell River to meet the Gippsland Lakes 6020
Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association Undertow Bay Weed Removal and Revegetation Stage 2 6500
Bellarine Catchment Network Bellarine Coastal Community Engagement and On-Ground Works Caravan Parks, Townships, Schools and Surf Life Saving Clubs Nippers Program 2017-18 7350
Merricks Beach Foreshore Committee of Management Increasing community capacity to restore Western Port Bay coastal vegetation 4937
Sandy Point Foreshore Committee of Management Sandy Point Hooder Plover Signage 1320
Friends of Flinders Coastline Inc Flinders Coastline Protection Works 7348
Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast 3070
Mount Eliza Association for Environmental Care Weed Control and Re-vegetation Ranelagh Beach Foreshore Reserve 4850
Birdlife Australia Protecting a hoodie hotspot: fostering community participation in threatened species conservation in Western Victoria 5000
ā€¨Victorian Wader Study Group Sustaining long term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia 4250
Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association Sea Spurge Control to Dunes between Harmers Haven and Bunurong Marine Park 4520
Friends of Mud Islands Habitat Preservation on Mud Islands: Promoting Community Awareness and Collaboration 7428
St Columba's Primary School / Port Phillip Ecocentre St Columba's Caring for our Coast 3660
Victorian National Parks Association Great Victorian Fish Count 5000
Jan Juc Coast Action Integrated weed management on the Jan Juc clifftops 6066
French Islanders Researching Muttonbirds Monitoring and conserving a Muttonbird colony on French Island 5278
Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast Equipping our community with the tools to conserve threatened coastal species – Surf Coast Hooded Plover protection 7480
Killarney Coastcare Belfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2017 5380
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network Thunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 5000
Friends of Mallacoota Devlins Gully Rainforest Restoration 7435
Lakes Entrance Community Landcare Sea Spurge weeding activities Lakes Entrance area 2400
Port Phillip EcoCentre Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Coast Ambassadors 5400
Friends of the Prom Hooded Plover protection and monitoring equipment 1482.95
Anglesea Aireys Inlet Soceity for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (ANGAIR) Soapy Rocks revegetation stage 3 3575
Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc  (BERG Mt Martha) Mt Martha Foreshore Consolidation & Extension Restoration Project 2017/2018 7490.7