Recognising Port Phillip Bay as one of Victoria’s most precious natural assets, the Victorian Government is partnering with community organisations to address key issues impacting the Bay.

The objectives of the Fund are to support projects that address local and regional priorities to protect the health of the Bay and bay catchment area, including:

  • encouraging partnerships across a range of interested groups and organisations who support the environmental health of the Bay;
  • enhancing the amenity and environmental values in the Bay and on the foreshore; and
  • reducing and addressing threats to the health of the Bay, including nutrients, pollutants and litter.

10,000 marine plant and animal species live in Port Phillip Bay, making it one of Melbourne’s most important ecosystems. In addition to providing valuable habitat, the Bay also supports recreational fishing and tourism, is the entrance to one of Australia's busiest ports, and has over 4.5 million people living and working in the catchment area.

Who can apply?

Community groups, non-government organisations, local government and other agencies are eligible to apply.

Funding rounds

This round is now closed.

39 new projects have received a total of $4.03 million to protect the health of Port Phillip Bay and the wider bay catchment area.

The 1 to 2 year projects include activities to reduce pollution in the Bay, enhance aquatic habitats, improve catchment health and increase community awareness of issues that impact the health of the Bay.

The successful applicants, projects, and funding allocations are available here.

For Round 2 guidelines and other relevant information, please see the links below.

Round 2 Guidelines
(PDF, 756.4 KB)

Round 2 Fact Sheet
(DOCX, 6.0 MB)

Round 2 Tips for Youth Projects
(PDF, 276.0 KB)

This round is now closed.

36 new projects have received a total of $3.6 million to protect the health of Port Phillip Bay and the wider bay catchment area.

The 1 to 3 year projects include activities to reduce pollution in the Bay, enhance aquatic habitats, improve catchment health and increase community awareness of issues that impact the health of the Bay.

For Round 1 guidelines and other relevant information, please see the links below.

Round 1 Guidelines
(PDF, 4.8 MB)

Round 1 Fact Sheet
(PDF, 1.4 MB)

Bay Friendly Businesses
Frankston City Council (Project 3081)
Better Bay Water Quality - Balcombe Estuary Riparian Restoration & Improvement
Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha Inc (Project 1017)
Black Rock Pre School Beach Kinder
Black Rock Pre School (Project 3027)
Caring For Our Bays Phase 2
Bellarine Catchment Network (Project 3005)
Chandler Park Wetlands Kew - project implementation
Boroondara City Council (Project 3052)
Clean Bay Blueprint: litter evidence, pro-active education and collaboration
Port Phillip EcoCentre Inc (Project 3002)
Coastal Ambassadors Working for a Healthy and Valued Port Phillip Bay
Dolphin Research Institute (Project 3026)
Community Based Litter Action
Melbourne Water (Project 3068)
Community enhancing Westgate Park's wetlands to improve health of Port Phillip Bay
Friends of Westgate Park Inc. (Project 2001)
From grey to green: nature-based solutions for coastal protection
National Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne (Project 3061)
Furthering the health of foreshore and vulnerable bay habitats
Friends of Williams Road Beach (Project 1001)
Help Save Sam Seadragon
Beach Patrol Australia Inc. (Project 3084)
Litter and flows  - connecting the Yarra and the Bay
Yarra Riverkeeper Association (Project 2005)
Living Water Workbees: private/public co-creation of weather-resilient Bay and catchments
Port Phillip EcoCentre (with Werribee Riverkeeper) (Project 3011)
Love Our Street, Creek and Bay - litter reduction program
Love Our Street (Project 2008)
Love Your Creek - Love Your Bay
Darebin Creek Management Committee (Project 1016)
Managing nitrogen loads in Port Phillip Bay: towards better water quality
National Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne (Project 3060)
Melbourne’s Multicultural Coastcare / Landcare Team - a first for Victoria
Coastcare Victoria (Project 2030)
Optimising fertiliser application rates to reduce excess nutrient runoff into the Bay
Balliang Food and Fibre Group (Project 2004)
Our Future City: 'Linking By Design' Competition
Loci Environment and Place Inc. (Project 3050)
Protective fencing to protect Hooded Plover habitat nests and chicks
Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc (Project 2025)
RAMSAR Wetland Connectivity and Bay Health Protection through Community Action
Conservation Volunteers Australia (Project 3001)
Rapid response to litter cleanups after high rainfall
Friends of Merri Creek Inc (Project 2014)
Reducing litter and sediment, and raising awareness in the Tanti Creek catchment
Melbourne Water (Project 3070)
Restore indigenous vegetation on Beleura Cliff Path
Friends of Beleura Cliff Path (Project 1002)
Restoring Coast Banksia Woodland, across the Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula Shire (Project 3004)
Restoring healthy ecosystems on subtidal reefs: an integrated approach
National Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne (Project 3014)
Richmond West Rainwater Garden - a multicultural school community connecting with the Bay
Richmond West Primary School (Project 1024)
River to the Bay, Creating Healthy Waterways
Yarra Ranges Council (Project 3023)
Scout cleanup and audits of beaches for micro-plastics and erosion
1st/14th Brighton Sea Scouts Venturer Unit (Project 1021)
St Columba's: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths)
St Columba's Primary School (Project 2012)
Strengthening ReefWatch - communities monitoring the health of Port Phillip Bay
Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA) (Project 3059)
Teaching materials on how farmers are protecting the Bay through environmental stewardship
Farming Moorabool (Project 1020)
Upgrading Beach Drainage Outlets
Mornington Peninsula Shire (Project 3063)
Waste, Wildlife & Our Waterways
A.W.A.R.E (Australian Wildlife Assistance, Rescue and Education) Inc. (Project 1014)
Working together to target the source of marine debris & litter
Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd (Project 2022)

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Additional information

For detailed program information:

Map of Port Phillip Bay catchment with local government areas (PDF, 393.6 KB)

Click here for information on the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan.