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:

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

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 Australia's busiest port, and has over 3 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.

Additional information

For detailed program information:

Port Phillip Bay Fund: Guidelines for Round 1 (PDF, 4.8 MB)

Frequently Asked Questions for Round 1

Port Phillip Bay Fund: Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.4 MB)

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.

Round One: 2016-17

36 new projects will receive a total of $3.57 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.

Successful projects

Round Two: 2017-18

Applications for the second round of funding will open mid-2017, with Port Phillip bay and surrounding communities encouraged to get involved and apply.