Coastcare Community Grants recipients

2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients

Coastcare Victoria have awarded a record 32 grants worth nearly $610,000 through the 2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program. The program has provided both small and large grants which contribute to the three pillars of Coastcare Victoria: Marine and Coastal Stewardship, Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks, and Victorians Valuing the Coast. Our three funding streams this year are outlined below with the successful recipients.

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. The 2021 grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and the Victorian Great Outdoors Initiative, which seek to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.

Congratulations to all recipients. The quality and volume of applications received despite this challenging year for volunteering, highlights the unwavering commitment and passion shown by our coastal and marine volunteer groups.

Stream 1: Stewardship and Education
To build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change through actions which:
  • Conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Support community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management
Apollo Bay Ocean Care

Marengo coastal rehabilitation and community workshops

Apollo Bay Ocean Care (ABOC) is a newly established conservation, education and citizen science group based in the southern Otways. This grant will support workshops on shell identification, seaweed identification, fish identification and Indigenous cultural use of the area as well as efforts to support and maintain coastal biodiversity through revegetation, environmental weed control and rubbish collection around the Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary. Our group will conduct beach shell surveys, and develop marine identification booklets for the community to use while snorkeling at Marengo Reefs MS.

Beach Patrol 3280-3284

Washed Up: citizen science research, education, information and communications

This project aims to educate the public about our localised marine debris issues and communicate the work of Beach Patrol 3280-3284. Our marine debris stories will be communicated through videos, infographics, and reports. Our group has uploaded data for over 1,000 beach clean-ups since 2017. This has generated detailed records of 300,000+ plastic items providing a unique 36-month data set.

Breamlea Coastcare

Fostering Saltmarsh Habitat in the Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve

The purpose of this project is to address an invasive weed threat to the Breamlea Saltmarsh and engaging as many residents as possible in understanding and implementing a solution.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School


To spread awareness on the Northern Pacific sea stars and their damage to the Bay we aim to educate people on its identification and compare native sea star species with the physical appearance of the Northern Pacific sea stars. As a consequence we hope to prevent the death of our native species. We are also promoting EarthCare St Kilda’s removal program.

Corinella Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management

Reducing Pest Pressures on Corinella Foreshore Reserve

This Project will reduce pest plant infestations and pest animal grazing pressures on the significant RAMSAR and marine coastline of Corinella. This will enhance the habitat viability for threatened flora and fauna species, remove erosion pressures cause by rabbits and weed species and protect environmentally and culturally significant sites from disturbance.

Deakin University

Revealing the habits of Port Phillip Bay’s iconic spider crabs

Spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) form massive aggregations within Port Phillip Bay (PPB), are an important ecotourism attraction, and may help regulate introduced pests (e.g. Northern Pacific seastars). Time-lapse cameras will be deployed to obtain digital images at different known spider crab aggregation sites. Citizen scientists will analyse the data and this will be correlated with environmental factors to allow us to understand the factors triggering the aggregations.

Eagle Point Landcare Coastcare Group

Weeds Be Gone

Our goal is to preserve and protect the natural values of the Eagle Point Conservation Reserve and surrounds. A critical goal of the Eagle Point Landcare Coastcare Group strategy management plan is to effectively manage weeds.

French Island Landcare Group

Habitat rehabilitation on French Island's South coast

Prior to being grazed the south coast of French Island was a pristine environment with indigenous species growing profusely. Since the late 1980s, Parks Victoria have negotiated with landowners to fence the coastal strip to exclude livestock. This project will extend on from the previously restored areas by undertaking weed control and replanting of indigenous species along the South Coast.

Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc

Supporting the Swamp Skink and Coast Banksia Woodland 2021-2022

This project aims to support threatened flora and fauna species Swamp Skink (Lissolepis coventryi) and Coast Banksia Woodland and to assist in the mitigation of coastal erosion at the mouth of Chinaman’s Creek in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. Project works include weed control, infill revegetation and dune erosion control planting, and reinstatement of exclusion fencing to reduce access to the mouth of Chinamans Creek.

Friends of Sorrento Foreshore - affiliated with the Nepean Conservation Group Inc Group

Sorrento Foreshore Rehabilitation Project

This project aims to enhance the iconic Sorrento Foreshore by addressing the proliferation of environmental noxious, mostly woody, weeds and rubbish as well as revegetation to further enhance the species diversity of the site and protect the fragile dune headland.

Friends of the Bluff

Living on the Edge Reimagined

Following establishment of Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary in 2002, Friends of the Bluff, Barwon Heads developed the Living on the Edge website ( and educational CD Rom. These have been widely utilised as tools for raising community awareness of the values of the Marine Sanctuary. This project will ensure that the website continues to meet its purpose by restoring full functionality to the website and updating content after consultation with local community, schools and with agency partners and traditional owners groups.

Friends of the Hooded Plover Far West Victoria

Community stewardship - acting to protect Hooded Plovers in the West

The project will work in conjunction with community, BirdLife Australia and land managers to address major threats impacting Hooded Plover habitats in western Victoria. It will carry out critical nest site protection to reduce the impacts of human recreation, at sites between Warrnambool and Yambuk though a Site Protector Mentorship program to increase capacity and improve response times for nest protection in addition to weed management.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care Group

Diverse Communities: Sea, Look and Learn Program

Sea, Look and Learn is targeted to students and their families who don’t usually have any connection with Port Phillip Bay. On-water, marine focussed excursions are provided to 600 marginalised community members from asylum seeker groups and culturally diverse schools. On Kororoit Creek they will take part in tree planting, water testing and habitat surveys. At Jawbone Marine Sanctuary they will take part in curriculum activities designed to build their knowledge of the marine environment, and conduct surveys using a range of scientific methods.

Marine Care Ricketts Point

Engaging community to manage overabundant urchins at Ricketts Point MS

Overabundant native urchin reduction in RPMS by MCRP and other qualified community members with assistance from VNPA SCUBA leaders and commercial divers, overseen by Parks Victoria.

McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc

Protecting the ecosystems and biodiversity of the McCrae foreshore

As well as continued stewardship in maintaining established sites, the project will restore and protect a dune area subject to active erosion and vulnerable to inundation through weed removal, mulching and revegetation.

Merricks Beach Foreshore Committee of Management

Restoring understorey diversity in endangered Grassy Woodland

Grassy Woodland is an endangered Ecological Vegetation Class in the Gippsland Plains Bioregion. Small, fragmented patches have generally lost most of their understorey wildflowers and are subject to weed invasion.
This project will undertake weed control to restore the native grassy understorey of native vegetation and revegetate the sites with locally rare wildflowers. Wildflowers will be propagated in a seed production area (SPA) we will establish to reduce the need for wild collecting by producing high viability seed in a controlled nursery environment.

Mornington & District Historical Society Inc (c/o Fossil Beach Interest Group)

Interpretation & Conservation Package: Fossil Beach Mornington

Increased public interest and visitation at the Fossil Beach Historic Area requires interpretative tools to assist the four pre-existing information signs in the precinct. This will assist site protection, improve visitor safety, plus increase public awareness of the site's significant features for future conservation purposes.

Ocean Grove Primary School

Ocean Plastic Pollution Education and Prevention Strategies

This project is one aspect of the Resource Smart Schools Program and will focus on waste management within the coastal zone with the aim of reducing student and community impact on the natural environment.
The project includes incursions focussing on ocean pollution, plastic pollution prevention strategies including waste management and waste repurposing; and an onsite recycling collection station.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Scenic Estate Erosion Remediation and Vegetation Improvement

Scenic Estate Reserve (SER) is a newly established conservation reserve on Phillip Island. This project will provide an opportunity to assess current threats by mapping weeds and outlining a set of recommendations to prioritise on ground works. Revegetation works to complement existing plantings including re-establishing Moonah woodland and the implementation of erosion control measures will also be undertaken.

Seaside Scavenge

The Rye Seaside Scavenge

Seaside Scavenge is a grassroots environmental organisation which believes that our unsustainable consumption of the earth's resources is polluting the environment and contributing to climate change.
This project will deliver a waste education event where litter collected by participants from Rye beach and foreshore is sorted and becomes a currency in a pop-up market to purchase pre-loved clothes and other goods that have been donated by the local community. The event will also include workshops and talks from local groups working in waste reduction and environmental conservation. The litter collected at the event will be sorted and recorded in the Tangaroa Blue national database of marine debris.

Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare

2021 Tambo Bluff War on Weeds

Tambo Bluff is home to a remnant littoral rainforest. Tambo Bluff Landcare Coastcare has reduced weed biomass by > 90% following 28 years of work. Funding is sought in order to support volunteer weeding efforts by having a contractor following up in mid/late 2022 to treat any re-emerging invasive weeds.

Tarwin Landcare Group

Protection & restoration of the coastal foreshore at Andersons Inlet

This project will deliver the planting 500 mangrove seedlings along the southern foreshore of Anderson Inlet to mitigate erosion, conserve and enhance habitat for biodiversity and store carbon. A permanent interpretative sign, new webpage and community information session will raise awareness of the role mangroves play in a healthy coastal ecosystem. Monthly water monitoring will produce data to identify potential impacts on mangrove health and establish benchmarks for future water monitoring programs.

Werribee River Association

Restoration Plantings at Grahams Wetlands Project

The Restoration at Grahams Wetlands Project will deliver restoration and shoreline erosion plantings, citizen science monitoring, community engagement events, use communication tools to further educate and raise awareness of the value of the saltmarsh ecosystem, revive the Friends of Werribee South, and seek to build capacity for ongoing work in coast care in partnership with various stakeholders.

Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group

Sea Spurge Removal at Kennett River

Revegetation and weed control on the dune system at Kennett River by community volunteers.

Stream 2: Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups (marine and coastal volunteering)

To build community capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:

Expand, diversify and increase inclusivity of volunteer bases (e.g. encourage participation of volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities and youth)

“Reimagine volunteering” to attract more/ different volunteers e.g. flexible, casual, event-based or short term volunteering

Improve volunteer recruitment and retention

Succession planning for your group

Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group

Small numbers making a big difference

With more than 20 years of planting along the Mitchell River, Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group (BULGInc) has worked hard to remove exotic woody weeds (predominately Poplar species) and revegetated our urban Mitchell River frontage. To support this work, we would like to purchase a BULGInc trailer, customised for transporting water, plants, mulch and our group's gear. We would also like to purchase more group owned revegetation and weed control gear. We will also purchase 300 indigenous plants to infill and improve biodiversity and to assist our established sites become more resilient to weed infestation.

BirdLife Australia (Beach-nesting Birds Program)

Walk for a cause: Bushwalkers helping conserve coastal flagships

In Victoria, there are vast stretches of coastal habitat that are remote and only accessible via walking trails. The threatened beach-nesting Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus) and coastal heath-dwelling Eastern Ground Parrot (Pezoporus wallicus) have been identified as species where data is lacking in important parts of their range. Tailored training will be provided to several bushwalking/hiking clubs on identification of these species and how to safely monitor them. The data collected by these groups will be used to improve habitat and mitigate threats.

Reef Life Survey Foundation Inc

Building a network of Reef Life Survey divers in Victoria

This project builds volunteer community skills and knowledge in coastal and marine biodiversity monitoring and provides surveys of current biodiversity and resource condition in priority coastal areas of Port Phillip Bay and surrounding reefs for 2022 and 2023.

Ventnor Coastcare Association Incorporated

Restoring the biodiversity of the Ventnor Beach Rd Foreshore Reserve

Ventnor Coastcare Association Inc (VCCA) operating on Phillip Island, aims to: 1. restore and conserve the biodiversity of the Ventnor Beach Rd Foreshore Reserve, an increasingly popular, biodiverse, coastal and marine environment; 2. increase, diversify, strengthen and retain our volunteer base; and 3. build community capacity, to make better environmental decisions and respond more effectively to the challenges of our changing climate.

Victorian National Parks Association

Snorkeling with Marine Scientists

This project will harness social media to recruit and engage volunteers though a partnership with ‘Snorkelling Melbourne Victoria’. Training of VNPA staff as snorkel instructors will allow volunteers to participate safely in marine citizen science events including The Great Victorian Fish Count (GVFC) and the Sea Slug Census (SSC). Education and engagement materials including videos will also be produced to improve volunteer recruitment.

Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare

Youth volunteering in the Melbourne Sandbelt

Westgate Biodiversity is partnering with Bayside Intrepid Landcare to diversify our volunteer base by engaging diverse, young people in coastal volunteering, with a strong focus on training and capacity building. This project combines trials of new salt marsh plant propagation techniques at our fully equipped nursery, with on-ground rehabilitation work at the remnant coastal saltmarsh of Westgate Park.

Stream 3: Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination Grants:
  • To support Traditional Owner capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:
  • Recognise Traditional Owners longstanding and deep knowledge and connection to Country
  • Recognise and support Traditional Owners’ role in leading healing and ongoing care and use of Country
  • Support Traditional Owners in restoring marine and coastal cultural knowledge and practice
  • Support two-way capability and capacity building to improve the effectiveness of working relationships and build a shared understanding between Traditional Owners and other marine and coastal land managers.
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RTNBC

Gunditjmara Nyamat Mirring

This Coastcare application is for Gunditjmara knowledge and skills workshops and trips on Nyamat Mirring. It is also to put together a book and poster to share with mob and use for education. GMTOAC have been funded by DELWP for Nyamat Mirring planning which covers the formal planning process. This application is for mob time and resources.

Tag For Life

Marine Species and Traditional Communities of Bass Strait

The project will be a partnership between Tag For Life/CSIRO and the Eastern Maar and Gunditj Mirring traditional owner organisations (TOs) in SW Victoria. The initial phase will focus on relationship building that will combine the expertise of scientists with historical knowledge and traditional culture that will dovetail into both the sea ranger and research programs. The second phase of the project will be on-ground activities and training of participants from the TO groups supporting self-determination. Phase three will be evaluating and providing data to the groups for TOs to own and use for public extension programs, or as they see fit.

2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients

In 2020, 24 grants worth a total of  $492,299.10 have been awarded through the 2020 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program.  The program has provided up to $30,000 to community groups and educational institutions to conserve, restore and rehabilitate Victoria’s coastal and marine environments and strengthen marine and coastal volunteer groups.

The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants Program funds community projects in coastal areas to support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.

Congratulations to all recipients.  The volume and quality of applications received highlights the commitment, innovation and passion shown by coastal volunteer groups to make lasting improvements to our coastline.

Category 1: Stewardship and Education
To build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change through actions which:
  • Conserve, rehabilitate, restore and protect Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Support community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management in the face of climate change
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Convincing Ground restoration project

Restoration of a tract of land that was Traditionally the clan lands of the Kilcarrer Gunditj where a Convincing Ground massacre took place following conflict with whalers.  Restoring the health of the land by removing rubbish, identifying possible cultural heritage sites, invasive weed removal and revegetation.  “The project will get our mob on Country…to educate ourselves and the wider community…the area needs to be healed and this can only be done by us”.

Mornington Environment Association and subgroup Friends of Mills Beach

Coastal Woodland Rehabilitation - Red Bluff and Mills Beach

Continue the rehabilitation of important coastal woodland along one of Mornington's most popular foreshore areas through maintenance, weed control, re-establishing native habitat, education and engagement and increasing pride in the local environment through interpretive signage.

Phillip Island Landcare Group

Phillip Island Coastcare Blitz - Collaboration, engagement, training and action

Bringing together Coastcare and Coast Action groups across Phillip Island in collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Landcare Group to inspire, engage, educate and facilitate community working bees along the coast.

Australian Marine Mammals Conservation Foundation

Marine Mammals Connecting Communities

Expanding the unique community education program, Marine Litter Project, with public awareness events to create greater understanding of local marine environmental values, demonstrating how we can all make positive differences. Travelling along the coast with the interactive ‘BurraVan’ display trailer.

Birdlife Australia

Birds n Bickies: Communities Conserving Migratory Shorebirds

Shorebird Monitoring citizen science program that raises awareness of shorebirds and their habitat and encourages the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds across Victoria.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Let’s Strain The Drains – Warrnambool

The first stormwater debris monitoring project in Warrnambool (just the second in Victoria) builds on existing local beach clean-up data by analysing stormwater drain data to help identify the source of litter on beaches and reduce litter at the source.

Ocean Grove Coastcare Group

Bin the Butt

A pilot project in collaboration with Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the City of Greater Geelong to address over-representation of cigarette butt litter along the Ocean Grove coastline.  Combines installation and monitoring of cigarette butt bins, distribution of personal butt bins and community awareness/education activities.

Friends of the Hooded Plover (Mornington Peninsula) Inc

Avoiding a murder: training ravens to leave beach-nesting birds alone

Investigating a non-lethal raven management technique widely used in the northern hemisphere by conditioning taste aversion through exposure to treated artificial eggs to advance beach-nesting bird conservation efforts across coastal Victoria.

Friends of Beleura Cliff Path

Re-vegetation of Beleura Cliff Path - Stage three

Achieving a dense strip of deep-rooted, long lived indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses down the length of Beleura path using indigenous seed-bombs.

Lake Tyers Coast Action Inc

Living Bung Yarnda: water quality monitoring and knowledge sharing at Lake Tyers

Establishing a citizen science water quality monitoring program in Bung Yarnda (Lake Tyers) East Gippsland. incorporating different ways of seeing and knowing place across cultures and generations through the collection of stories, anecdotes, photographs and artworks and assisting in the ongoing management of the lake.

Bass Valley Landcare Group

Multi-faceted Mangrove Management in the Bass Valley

Combining environmental research and monitoring with direct on-ground action to achieve the most effective results for restoration of Mangrove Shrubland EVC in the Bass Valley.

RMIT University

Litter Trackers - 'Burbs to the Bay

Releasing GPS tracked bottles into suburban waterways to track the journey of litter from catchments to coasts.  Educating communities and school children about the life of litter and gathering reliable, scientifically relevant data about litter depositional zones and transport rates.

Jawbone Marine Sanctuary Care

Fostering our future with Blue Carbon: A local approach

Developing a blue carbon program to increase understanding and local conservation of blue carbon systems (Mangroves, seagrass and saltmarsh) within the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary through partnership with Parks Victoria, Deakin University, Blue Carbon Lab, Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre, Mangrove Watch, Victorian National Parks Association, and Friends of Williamstown Wetlands.

Friends of the Prom

Restore Hooded Plover Habitat at Picnic Bay

Extending the successful Squeaky Beach sea spurge eradication and Hooded Plover habitat restoration to Picnic Bay through chemical spraying and volunteer hand-weeding.

Swinburne University of Technology

Healthy Rivers, Healthy Bay: Western Port

Raising community awareness within four Local Government Areas surrounding Western Port to instil a sense of ownership and environmental stewardship through student workshops and citizen science activities (water quality monitoring and litter surveys) and conserving and enhancing 70Ha of catchment and coastal areas.

South West Environmental Education Inc

Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project

Tackling environmental issues impacting on the integrity of the Lagoon Project area and its estuarine environs with a community driven program of working bees and planting days.  Fish and other fauna within the Lagoon will benefit from the restored riparian zone and improved water quality.

French Island Landcare Group Inc

Habitat rehabilitation on French Islands south coast

Restoring native vegetation with weed control and replanting indigenous species, extending previously restored areas.

Rhyll Coast Action Inc

The Blue Periwinkle Project

Rehabilitating and conserving an otherwise relatively healthy part of the southern Rhyll coastline by controlling a large infestation of Blue Periwinkle.

Australian Plants Society - Warrnambool & District Group

Plants of the Great South West Third Edition

Production and Printing of a third edition of the popular book "Plants of the Great South West" which contains photographs and full descriptions of plants in south west Victoria.  The new edition will include 116 extra species and in total 130 rare and endangered plants along with over 50 environmental weeds.

Category 2: Strengthening Our Volunteer Groups (marine and coastal volunteering)

To build community capacity and support community adaptation to climate change through actions which:

  • Expand, diversify and increase inclusivity of volunteer bases (e.g. encourage participation of volunteers from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities and youth)
  • “Reimagine volunteering” to attract more/ different volunteers e.g. flexible, casual, event-based or short term volunteering
  • Improve volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Succession planning for your group

Port Phillip EcoCentre

Multicultural Bay Ambassadors and Multifaith Coastcare

Engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities who may face language or logistical barriers to joining Coastcare activities including introduction to marine and coastal volunteering, multilingual animations and field training internships to four Multicultural Bay Ambassadors.

Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha

Moving Forward - Building BERG Mt Martha's Capacity to Grow

Succession planning and mentoring the next wave of volunteer leaders to improve the capacity of individuals and the organisation to be innovative using the Look Outwards, Not Inwards (LONI) approach.

South Gippsland Conservation Society Incorporated (SGCS)

SGCS renewal - planning for the future

Engaging consultants to support SGCS to review its current position and develop a written plan for moving forward. The Society is a significant resource, supporting conservation in the region and desperately needs to refresh both its vision, its management and its membership in order to continue to fulfil this role.

The Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota

Wilderness Coast Project - Sanctuary Youth Group and Friends of Mallacoota

Increase and enrich the understanding, interest and connection that young people have to the unique SE Victorian coastline through on-ground land management activities and mentorships and maintaining community spirit as locals continue to heal following the recent bushfires.

Bellarine Catchment Network

Blue Volunteers: towards an active, diverse and resilient Coastcare community

Expand and diversify coastal volunteer base by pioneering innovative methods and new partnerships with scouts, Aboriginal groups, multicultural organisations and more.  Projects will development resources and activities to assist youth and people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities to increase their engagement and on-ground action in coastal and marine environments.

2019 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants recipients

Beach Patrol 3280Stop the POP (Plastic Ocean Pollution)
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of ManagementNorthern Bellarine Red-Capped Plover Community Education
Bellarine Catchment NetworkCreating our Future Coast-carers
Bellarine Landcare GroupCoastal and Inland Plants: Booklets for the Bellarine Peninsula
Earthcare St Kilda Inc.St Kilda Penguin Visitor App
East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management NetworkChinaman's Creek Rainforest Recovery
Frankston Beach Association Inc.Wells Street to Beach Street Foreshore Rehabilitation Project
Friends of Beware ReefImproving marine species video footage
Friends of Chinamans Creek Inc.Chinamans Swamp Skink Habitat Restoration Project
Friends of Earimil Bluff (MEAFEC)Protecting, extending and interpreting biodiverse botanical reference area Earimil Bluff
Friends of Flinders Coastline Inc.Coastal Flinders Restoration Project
Friends of MallacootaRehabilitate Gabo Island
Friends of the Prom Inc.Sea Spurge Removal Stage 2: Restoring Hooded Plover Habitat at Squeaky Beach
Friends of Williams Roade Beach (Mt. Eliza Association for Environmental Care)Furthering resilience at steep locations & enhancing site understanding of scouts, Mt. Eliza Foreshore
Gippsland Plains CMNEagle Point enhancement and education
Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers HavenEradicating Cape Honey Flower at Harmers Haven
Harmers Haven Residents & Ratepayers Group — Friends of Harmers HavenContinuation of Successful Sea Spurge Control on Primary Dunes at Harmers Haven
Jan Juc Coast ActionCaring for Jan Juc's heathlands
Killarney Coastcare GroupBelfast Coastal Reserve Spring Planting 2019
Making a Difference for the Merri (MAD) Landcare groupWoollen Mill Riparian Restoration - Merri River
McCrae Homestead Coastal Group Inc.Protecting Coastal Banksia woodland and revegetating degraded spaces- McCrae foreshore
MESAC - Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc.MESAC - Who are we and why are we important to our oceans and community?
NGSC Green Action ProjectThe Green Action Project/ North Geelong Secondary School
Safety Beach Foreshore Landscape Committee Inc.Coast Care Safety Beach 2019/20
South West Environmental Education Inc.Fawthrop Lagoon Restoration and Revegetation Project
Torquay Landcare Group Inc.Spring Creek our hidden jewel
Victorian National Parks AssociationGreat Victorian Fish Count
Victorian Wader Study Group Inc.Sustaining long-term studies of waders and terns in South East Australia
Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare NetworkThunder Point Coastal Reserve Conservation Project 2019


The Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program supports community organisations to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment.

The 2021 grants program is funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and the Victorian Great Outdoors Initiative, which seek to build community capacity, support community adaptation and improve ecosystem resilience to climate change.

The 2021 Grants Program aims to support the three pillars in the Coastcare Victoria Strategy 2021-2026, (PDF, 1.8 MB) including,

  • Marine and Coastal Stewardship - conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and preventative actions for Victoria’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
  • Thriving Marine and Coastal Community Groups and Networks - supporting community organisations to diversify, plan for the future and be responsive to change.
  • Victorians Valuing the Coast - supporting community participation, engagement and education to enhance community knowledge and understanding of coastal and marine management.


The Victorian government is providing funding up to $647,000 for the 2021 Coastcare Victoria Community Grants program.

This year, there are two types of grants available:

  • Small grants of up to $5,000.
  • Large grants from $5,000 up to $30,000 for larger projects.

Projects will fit into one of three streams on offer including:

  • Stewardship and Education.
  • Strengthening our Volunteer Groups.
  • Supporting Traditional Owner Self-Determination.


The following community groups and organisations with a focus on marine and coastal environs are eligible for funding:

  • Coastcare Victoria groups
  • Aboriginal groups and organisations, land councils, trusts and co-operatives working on-country
  • Landcare groups
  • ‘Friends of’ groups
  • Field naturalist groups
  • Coastal Committees of Management
  • Non-government community organisations
  • Community service organisations and clubs
  • Educational institutions including schools and universities (recommended to partner with local coastal volunteer group).

To be eligible for funding applicants must be:

  • an incorporated association registered through Consumer Affairs Victoria or be incorporated through an umbrella group such as Landcare Victoria Inc. or
  • registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) or
  • coastal Committee of Management incorporated under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978


  • hold sufficient insurance to safeguard volunteers and participants involved in the funded activities, including public liability insurance of at least $10 million and personal accident insurance.

Groups and networks that do not meet the above requirements can still apply for funding but must operate under the auspices of a sponsor organisation. You will be required to supply written approval (such as supporting letter) from your auspice (sponsor) as part of your application.


Applications open

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Applications close

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 5pm

Successful applicants notified

All applicants notified, formal announcement pending

Agreements signed (milestone 1) and payments made

October 2021

Job Safety Plan due (milestone 2)

December 2021

Final report due (milestone 3) and project completed

June 2022 (short projects), May 2023 (long projects)

Guidelines and other documents

Coastcare Victoria Facilitator Contacts

Far South West

Adam Taylor
0427 316 324

Bellarine and Surf Coast

Madison (Madi) Cassie
0436 604 127

Acting Port Phillip Bay and Westernport

Ellie Morrow
0436 284 073

South Gippsland

Tracey Miller-Armstrong
0427 441 013

East Gippsland

Bethany Hunting
0436 629 941

Application tips, ideas and inspiration

Video: Grant application tips (9:07) - watch here

Naomi Wells from Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) shares the key elements of their successful 2019 Coastcare Victoria grant application.

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Video: Project ideas (9:30) - watch here

Port Phillip EcoCentre - Neil Blake and Reiko Yamada of the Port Phillip EcoCentre share some citizen sciene and community engagement projects from the past 10 years

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