2021 Victorian Landcare Grants now open

Volunteers helping to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment can now apply for a funding boost, thanks to the Victorian Government.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio has opened the latest round of the Victorian Landcare Grants, with $2.55 million funding available to Landcare and environmental volunteering groups.

Groups and networks can apply for project grants of up to $30,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity building projects that help to improve Victoria’s environment for future generations.

Support grants of up to $500 are also available for new and existing groups and networks to assist with operating costs for Landcare and environmental volunteering across the state.

This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 catchment management authorities (CMAs), demonstrating the important environmental outcomes that can be achieved through collaboration between CMAs, environmental groups, local communities, and the government.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority CEO, Martin Fuller, said Gippsland has a proud history of Landcare groups doing amazing work.

“In the past, Landcare groups have used this funding to revegetate farms, build wildlife corridors, treat weeds and much more,” said Mr Fuller.

“The hours invested, and dedication of these groups is to be commended – and I’m really looking forward to see what projects will come out of the 2021 grant process.”

The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment, and Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan.

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 16 June.

For more information go to www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/victorian-landcare-grants