This round of Irrigation Grants has three streams:

  • Irrigation farm planning
  • Irrigation upgrades and efficiencies (On-Ground Works)
  • Innovation grants (Irrigation Demonstration Grants)

 Irrigation Farm Planning

  • New Irrigation Farm Plans
  • Updated Irrigation Farm Plans

Funding is available for irrigation farm planning on a first come – first serve basis.

Irrigation Farm Planning Information Booklet

Farm Planning application form

Irrigation Upgrades and Efficiencies (On-Ground Works)

  • Reuse Systems
  • Flood to Spray/Drip Conversion
  • Best Practice Surface Irrigation  (Irrigation Innovation Demonstration)

Funding is limited and new eligibility criteria are in place.

Eligible infrastructure projects that meet the program objectives will be allocated through a random ballot process after the application period has closed.

Applications are now open on a first come first serve basis until funding is exhausted.

Irrigation Upgrades + Efficiencies (On-Ground Works) information booklet 

Irrigation Upgrades + Efficiencies (On-Ground Works) application form

Innovation Grants (Irrigation Demonstration Grants)

These grants are open to all irrigators in the Lake Wellington catchment working in all fields of agriculture.

Funding is available for a range of activities ranging from paper-based planning through to the purchasing of equipment and monitoring and evaluation.

The project aims to see applications that may help achieve the goals of the broader Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan, which is working towards, reducing nutrient loads into the Gippsland Lakes, encourage regional economic growth and reduce greenhouse emissions from irrigate agriculture.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available and we are looking to fund 2 new demonstration projects in 2022-23.

Applications are now CLOSED.

Innovation Grants (Irrigation Demonstration Project) information booklet 

Innovation Grants (Irrigation Demonstration Project) application form

For further information please contact the Irrigation Team at the West Gippsland CMA on 1300 094 262 or email

This project is funded by the Victorian Governments Sustainable Irrigation Program and administered by the West Gippsland CMA in partnership with Agriculture Victoria.

Pivot irrigation on a farm at Dennison in the Macalister Irrigation District
Pivot irrigation on a farm at Denison in the Macalister Irrigation District
Vegetable irrigation
Spray irrigation working in Newry area. Photo courtesy Craig Moodie.