Grant Opportunities

Secure Up to $10,000: Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program-Australia

Secure Up to $10,000: Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program-Australia

Deadline: 16-Feb-24

The State Government of Victoria is offering grants to community organisations to protect and enhance the public (coastal Crown land) coastal and near-shore marine environment.

The 2023-24 grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s VicCoasts initiative which seeks to build community capacity to support a safer, healthier and more resilient marine and coastal environment.

The 2023-2024 VicCoasts grant program aims to support the three pillars in the Coastcare Victoria Strategy 2021-2026.

  • The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program aims to support the three pillars in the Coastcare Victoria Strategy 2021-2026:
    • Pillar 1 Marine and Coastal Stewardship – conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions for Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
    • Pillar 2 Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks – supporting community organisations to diversify, plan for the future and be responsive to change.
    • Pillar 3 Victorians Valuing the Coast – supporting community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management.
Funding Information
  • The Victorian Government is providing funding for the 2023-2024 VicCoasts Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program.
  • In 2023-2024, grants of up to $10,000 per project are available.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The following community groups and organisations with a focus on marine and coastal environments are eligible:
    • Coastcare Victoria groups
    • Landcare groups
    • Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country
    • ‘Friends of’ groups
    • Field naturalist groups
    • Non-government community organisations
    • Community service organisations and clubs
    • Coastal Committees of Management
    • Educational institutions including schools and universities (recommended to partner with local coastal volunteer group).
  • In addition to be eligible for funding, applicants must be:
    • an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria or other state incorporating agency; or
    • a registered not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission; or
    • a coastal Committee of Management incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978; or
    • a Registered Aboriginal Party under the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, or
    • an educational institution; and
    • hold sufficient insurance including public liability insurance of at least $10 million and personal accident insurance.
  • The following organisations and individuals cannot apply for funding:
    • Commonwealth Government agencies
    • Private companies, foundations or trusts
    • Private individuals
    • Catchment Management Authorities
    • Industry bodies
    • State Government departments and statutory bodies/authorities (acceptable auspice/sponsor)
    • Water Authorities
    • Local government (acceptable auspice/sponsor)
    • Previous recipients (as applicant, not auspice) of an active Coastcare Victoria Community Grant with outstanding project milestones, at the time of grant application closing date. Examples of outstanding milestones include progress reports, completion reports and acquittals, job safety plans and any special condition milestones.

For more information, visit State Government of Victoria.

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