The 2021 Community Volunteer Action Grants support communities and community organisations to protect and enhance their natural environment.

The Strengthening Environmental Volunteering stream aims to boost environmental volunteer participation, particularly in engaging new and diverse audiences, on private and public land.

The Biodiversity On-ground Action and Stewardship stream aims to address threats to biodiversity through the delivery of conservation projects on public and private land.

These grants are part of our Biodiversity On-ground Action program.

Grant recipients

Stream 1 - Strengthening Environmental Volunteering

A total of $855,996 in funding was awarded for 38 projects.




Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation

A New Wave of Marine Volunteers


Axe Creek Landcare Group

Love your land, join Landcare

Axe Creek and Sedgwick

Barengi Gadjin Land Council Corporation

Wotjobaluk On Country Community Reconnection

Wail Arboretum

Beechworth Urban Landcare & Sustainability

Expanding the Beechworth Bush Botanic Garden


Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management

Fostering Environmental Action in Point Richards though Enhanced Community Inclusion


BirdLife Australia

Boating, birding, fishing: a life line for coastal birds

Western Port, Port Phillip Bay, Corner Inlet

Cairnlea  Conservation Reserves Committee of Management

Building Resilient On-ground Local Groups for Action (BROLGA Program)


Campaspe Valley Landcare

Campaspe Valley Landcare Habitat Restoration


Cardinia Environment Coalition Inc.

Cardinia Environment Coalition Volunteer Coordinator


Dargo Landcare Group Inc

Growing Dargo together


Deakin University

Plastics management assessment through citizen science research

Burwood, Wyndham (Werribee), Hobson Bay (Altona)

Eynesbury Environment Group Inc.

Growing with Eynesbury

Eynesbury, Melton/Wyndham City Council

Friends of Merri Creek

Queermates of Bababi Djinanang grassland

Bababi Djinanang grassland, Fawkner

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc

Strengthening and connecting environmental volunteers through on-ground supported learning events


Gippsland Intrepid Landcare

Getting young people volunteering to enhance the Gippsland environment

Ryanston, Wilson's Prom, Tarwin Lower, Maffra West, Heyfield and Trafalgar

Hughes Creek Catchment Collaborative

Whiteheads Creek Bio- Blitz


Indigo Valley Landcare Group Inc

Building environmental volunteering strength for Indigo Valley

Indigo Valley, Barnawatha

Kongwak Hills Landcare Group

Kongwak Hills homes for wildlife – Engaging Volunteers in Citizen Science


Maffra and Districts Landcare Network

Seeding succession: Seed Production Areas & Community-based Seed Production


Merri River School

Merri River Revegetation


Napoleons Enfield Landcare Group Incorporated

Yarrowee plantings - inspiration for new volunteers

Buninyong and Napoleons townships

Nillumbik Shire council

Environmental volunteer program enhancement and support

Eltham, Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, Panton Hill, Wattle Glen

Nullawil Landcare Group

Recognising important environmental sites in the Mallee


Outdoors Victoria Limited

Nature Stewards programs - local people learning about their local environment: Moreland, Yarra Ranges and surrounds

Coburg, Fawkner, Glenroy, Lilydale, Warburton, and Fernshaw

OzFish Unlimited

Booming volunteering opportunities for recreational fishers at their favourite waterways

Bendigo and Western Port Bay

Phillip Island Landcare Group Inc

Upskilling environmental volunteers to increase Island biodiversity

Phillip Island

Port Phillip EcoCentre

Melbourne Nature and Neighbours

St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Education: Greensborough, Preston, Prahran, Epping, Collingwood

Project Platypus Association Inc

Landcare - 'it ain't over yet tour'

Stawell, Ararat, Halls Gap

South Gippsland Landcare Network Inc.

Building a volunteer workforce to record wildlife and pest animals on the Bunurong Coast

Tarwin Lower

The Trustee for Nature Glenelg Trust

Increasing diversity among environmental volunteers at Walker Swamp

Walker Swamp, Bornes Hill

Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Inc.

Upper Campaspe Catchment Pollinator Corridors - engaging community, improving biodiversity.

Upper Campaspe Catchment

Upper Goulburn Landcare Network

Ribbons of Remnant Roadsides

Acheron, Yea, Kinglake and Whanregarwen

Victoria Environment Friends Network

Victorian Environmental Friends Network Capacity Building and Networking Project

Webinars statewide, eastern metro Melbourne

Victorian National Parks Association

Investigating nudibranchs and their habitats along Victoria’s coastline

Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Marengo, Lorne, Torquay, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale

Warrnambool Coastcare landcare Network

Developing New Volunteers from Multicultural and Non Traditional Backgrounds

Warrnambool and District

Werribee River Association

Volunteer Waterkeepers Project

Werribee River and catchment

Wodonga Urban Landcare Network

River Stewards program


Yarra Riverkeeper Association Inc

Care for your Yarra

City of Yarra Council, City of Stonnington Council, City of Boroondara Council, City of Melbourne

Stream 2 - Biodiversity On-ground Action and Stewardship

A total of $2,022,518 in funding was awarded for 52 projects.




Albury Conservation Co Ltd

Applying science to inform on-ground actions for conserving Wodonga's threatened wildlife


Anderson Inlet Landcare Group

Protecting Places for Laces 2.0


Ashbourne Landcare Group Inc

Jocks Gully Restoration


Australasian Native Orchid Society (Victorian Group) INC

Fighting Weeds, Restoring Plains Grassland and Saving Fragrant Orchids

Altona North

Axe Creek Landcare Group

Biodiversity bounceback - corridor connection in Axe Creek Catchment


Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group Mt Martha

Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration Project, Mt Martha 2021

Mt Martha

Bass Valley Landcare Group

A unified approach to foreshore management


Bio-R Oz

Fencing Raakajlim to manage grazing pressure and enhance biodiversity

Hattah West

BirdLife Australia

Community stewardship - acting to protect Hooded Plovers in the west

Nelson to Torquay

Bush Heritage Australia

Orchid conservation and cultural reconnection from Kara Kara to Wedderburn

Mt Bolangum to Wedderburn

Carboor Bobinawarrah Landcare Group

Managing emerging threats to the King River to protect our local biodiversity

Meadow Creek and Oxley

Cardinia Environment Coalition

Southern Brown Bandicoot Habitat Restoration


Christmas Hills Landcare Group

Woody weeds out of and cultural burning into Christmas Hills

Christmas Hills

Envite Environment

Community-driven recovery of Gippsland Banksia and Betka Bottlebrush


Euroa Arboretum Committee of Management Incorporated

Groundcover diversity restoration at Euroa Arboretum


Euroa Arboretum Committee of Management Incorporated

Restoring the Sevens Creek in Euroa township.


French Island Landcare Group Inc

Enhancing the unique natural landscape of French Island

French Island

Friends of Emerald Lake Park Inc.

Emerald Lake Park Vegetation Management Project.


Friends of Flinders Coastline

Flinders Foreshore Reserve Biodiversity Project


Friends of Sassafras Creek Inc.

Habitat restoration for 7 threatened species in the "Secret Garden", Sassafras Creek


Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands Inc.

Restoring and Rebuilding Forgotten Woodlands on the VVP


Friends of the Prom Inc.

Koala Habitat Restoration at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Stage 3

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Friends of the Upper Nicholson Catchment Incorporated

Post fire FUNCi fox control for improved biodiversity outcomes

Granite Rock

Friends of the Wildlife Reserves Inc

Providing long-term supplementary tree hollows for native cavity-dependent wildlife


Hindmarsh Landcare Network

Hindmarsh Biolink planting for threatened species.


Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc.

Simmonds Creek Revegetation Project

Tawonga South

Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network

Greater Glider Nest Box Installation and Survey


Merri Creek Management Committee Inc.

Combating Key Threats to Curly Sedge

Wollert and Epping

Middle Yarra Landcare Network

Determining deer impacts to native vegetation communities & species

Warrandyte, Warrandyte South, Wonga Park, Warranwood

Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group

Saving endangered Bush Stone-curlews from extinction at Shelbourne

Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve

Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group

Community threatened species woodland habitat restoration and protection training program.


Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group

Reducing Rabbit Density to Protect Bio-Diversity


Mount Korong Eco-Watch Association Inc.

Cultural burning for local biodiversity around Mount Korong.

Mt Korong

Muckleford Catchment Landcare Group Inc

Muckleford Landcare building habitat corridors across the landscape


Murrayville Landcare Group

Pest control in Murrayville and surrounding areas


North Harcourt - Sedgwick Landcare Group Inc.

The Silver Banksia Project

North Harcourt

Nullawil Landcare Group

Nullawil Landcare group addresses threats to biodiversity 2021


Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group

Increasing Squirrel Glider survival through habitat improvement and threat reduction

Violet Town, Nalinga, Kialla East and Miepoll

South Gippsland Landcare Network Incorporated

Bunurong Coast Community On-ground Action on Pest Plants and Animals

Venus Bay to Cape Liptrap

Southwest Environment Alliance

Characterising patterns of habitat use of Sanderling at Discovery Bay


Strathfieldsaye & Districts Community Enterprise

rehabilitate Sheepwash and Emu Creeks and surrounds in Strathfieldsaye


The Trustee for Nature Glenelg Trust

Conducting critical weed control for threatened fauna around Nelson


Threatened Species Conservancy

Protecting our Forgotten Flora: Grampians Threatened Flora Recovery Program

Halls Gap

Threatened Species Conservancy

Saving Victoria's Endangered Blue Butterflies.

Grampians, Wedderburn, Little Desert, Mt Piper

Trust for Nature

Burge & Billy Goat Hill - Grassy Woodland Management

Yarck and Yea

Trust for Nature (Victoria)

Golden Sun Moth Project


Ultima Landcare Group

Protecting Buloke Woodlands in Ultima 2021/22


Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group

Upper Ovens Valley Riparian Restoration Project


Victorian National Parks Association

Bunyip Bandicoots: a NatureWatch citizen science wildlife monitoring project

Bunyip State Park

Waitchie & District Landcare Group

Waitchie Landcare group addresses threats to biodiversity 2021


Woorndoo Chatsworth Landcare Group

Reconnecting diverse native grassland on the Woorndoo-Dundonnell Rd., Woorndoo.


Yarra Riverkeeper Association Inc

Westerfolds Grassland Conservation


A total of $2.4 million was awarded for 73 projects. Projects range from one to three years in duration.

Fellmongers Creek BiolinkWattle Flat Pootilla Landcare GroupCorangamite$11,822.20
Protecting Victorian Volcanic Plains Grasslands and Grassy Woodland Habitats along Mount Emu CreekLismore Land Protection GroupCorangamite$49,980.00
Landcare planting for our futureEast Gippsland Landcare Network Inc.East Gippsland$49,250.00
Growing Galada Tamboore - conserving threatened species and ecosystems in Thomastown through community actionFriends of Merri Creek Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$49,537.00
Kangaroo Creek - Community Protection of a vulnerable Ecological Vegetation Class for Wise Owls and Clever GlidersMalmsbury District Landcare GroupNorth Central$50,000.00
African Weed Orchid Control in MarengoSouthern Otway Landcare NetworkCorangamite$14,816.00
Coastal Flinders Restoration ProjectsFriends of Flinders Coastline Inc. auspiced by Parks VictoriaPort Phillip and Westernport$9,411.00
Turn the TidePhillip Island Nature ParksPort Phillip and Westernport$40,617.00
A Private Eye on the Otway ArkThe Trustee for Conservation Ecology TrustCorangamite$24,515.00
Building on the Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters BiolinkNewham & District Landcare GroupNorth Central, Port Phillip and Westernport$50,000.00
Shutting out Stock from Sadlers SwampWinton Wetlands Committee of ManagementGoulburn Broken$22,335.00
Gums, Owls and Growls in Kongwak Part 2Kongwak Hills Landcare GroupWest Gippsland$50,000.00
Protecting and Enhancing French Island's unique biodiverse vegetationFrench Island Landcare Group Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$49,400.00
Biodiversity Bounceback - corridor connection and remnant enhancement in the Axe Creek CatchmentAxe Creek Landcare GroupNorth Central$44,833.08
Maam BiolinkWarrnambool Coastcare Landcare NetworkGlenelg Hopkins$15,825.00
Ah Yee Creek Stage C2 rehabilitationEagle Point Landcare Coastcare GroupEast Gippsland$16,233.00
Improving Biodiversity by On-Ground Action in Westgate Park using CommunityVolunteersFriends of Westgate Park Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$5,500.00
Mapping platypus distribution in the upper Campaspe River catchmentUpper Campaspe Landcare Network Inc.North Central$46,840.00
Restoring Seagrass Meadows in Nooramunga Marine ReserveYarram Yarram Landcare NetworkWest Gippsland$50,000
Remnant Buloke Protection 2018Avon Plains Banyena Landcare GroupNorth Central$20,550.00
From plantation weeds to native habitat. Reconnecting Woowookarung Regional Park's koala and woodland bird corridorFriends of Canadian Corridor IncorporatedCorangamite$11,213.00
Restoring Scoria Cone woodlands and native grasslands to Mt ElephantMount Elephant Community ManagementCorangamite$36,485.00
Establishing seed orchards for rare woodland species on the Victorian Volcanic PlainFriends of the Forgotten Woodlands Inc.Glenelg Hopkins$16,200.00
Blackberry control for habitat recovery along the Diamond Creek, St AndrewsSt Andrews LandcarePort Phillip and Westernport$9,936.00
Addressing knowledge gaps in Chytrid fungus presence/absence through monitoring - Ballarat region - Ballarat Environment Network-managed reservesBallarat Environment Network Inc.Corangamite$12,265.00
Fire resilient farms - West MoyneThe Basalt to Bay Landcare NetworkGlenelg Hopkins$50,000.00
Bell Rock - protecting threatened species in a unique major biome intersectionSt Arnaud Field Naturalist Club Inc.North Central$6,847.00
Training citizens in surveying and restoring biodiversity with environmental DNAScience for All auspiced by Royal Society of VictoriaPort Phillip and Westernport$28,300.00
Woomelang/Lascelles Rabbit and Invasive Plant Action Project 2018Woomelang/Lascelles Landcare GroupMallee$50,000.00
Maintaining orchid conservation translocationsAustralasian Native Orchid Society (Victorian Group) Inc.Wimmera, Glenelg Hopkins$15,000.00
Batesford Biolink projectGeelong Landcare NetworkCorangamite$13,853.00
Protecting and Restoring a Remnant of the Anglesea HeathAnglesea Aireys Inlet Society for the protection of Flora and Fauna (ANGAIR)Corangamite$9,800.00
Strathbogie Forest: More Citizen Science 2018-20Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management NetworkGoulburn Broken$34,620.00
Biodiversity Recovery from Southwest Victoria's FireHeytesbury District Landcare NetworkCorangamite$44,000.00
Granite2Goulburn Rocky Outcrops, Regent Honeyeaters & Paddock TreesStrathbogie Ranges Conservation Management NetworkGoulbourn Broken$49,250.00
Woori Yallock Creek RehabilitationFriends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$23,427.10
Restoring habitat to Golden CreekBinginwarri Landcare Subgroup auspiced by Yarram Yarram Landcare NetworkWest Gippsland$50,000.00
Perseverance Prevails over PittosFriends of Glenfern Valley Bushlands Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$17,045.00
Nyalu (Spring water) & Seed orchid, YapenyaDja Dja Wurrung Enterprises acting as the Trustee for Djandak Fixed TrustNorth Central$50,000.00
Billy's CreekLatrobe Catchment Landcare NetworkWest Gippsland$36,332.00
Five Island Habitat Restoration and StewardshipParklands Albury Wodonga LtdNorth East$50,000.00
Northern Victoria Rural Schools Habitat Haven ProjectConservation Volunteers AustraliaNorth Central$49,400.00
Saving the Brilliant Sun Orchid (Thelymitra mackibbinii) from extinctionAustralian Network for Plant ConservationWimmera, North Central$44,440.20
Protecting plant communities at Uralla Nature Reserve through targeted Sweet Pittosporum controlFriends of Uralla Nature Reserve auspiced by Baw Baw Shire CouncilWest Gippsland$34,798.00
Nest Boxes for NatureA.W.A.R.E (Australian Wildlife Assistance, Rescue and Education) Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$12,700.00
Protecting the significant conservation values of Pheasant Creek Flora Reserve throgh community partnershipsKoetong Landcare GroupNorth East$28,918.00
Protection of Grassy Woodland at Burge Family Reserve and Billygoat HillUpper Goulburn Landcare NetworkGoulburn Broken$38,400.00
King Parrot Catchment Fox Control ProjectUpper Goulburn Landcare NetworkGoulburn Broken$18,860.00
Over the Ocean - French Island Spider-orchidAustralasian Native Orchid Society Victorian Group Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$20,880.20
Protecting Buloke Woodlands in Berriwillock 2018/21Berriwillock Landcare GroupMallee$49,525.00
Emerald Lake Park Vegetation Management ProjectFriends of Emerald Lake Park Inc. auspiced by Cardinia Shire CouncilPort Phillip and Westernport$49,325.00
Enhancing Phillip Island's biodiverse wildlife corridor through communityPhillip Island Landcare Group Inc.Port Phillip and Westernport$49,640.00
Protecting the Bay to Bush WetlandsHeytesbury District Landcare NetworkCorangamite$42,905.00
Indigo Roadside Connections - People and BiodiversityOvens Landcare NetworkNorth East$43,500.00
Safeguarding the Future of Ballantinia antipodaThreatened Species ConservancyWimmera$48,843.00
Mapping, Collection and Propagating Rare and Threatened SpeciesKnox Environment SocietyPort Phillip and Westernport$6,500.00
Caught on Camera - Wombat State ForestVictorian National Parks AssociationNorth Central, Port Phillip and Westernport$42,984.00
Healthy Connected CorridorsParklands Albury Wodonga LtdNorth East$35,000.00
Protecting the Jack and Albert River Catchments from Woody WeedsJack and Albert River Restoration Committee auspiced by Yarram Yarram Landcare NetworkWest Gippsland$50,000.00
Conserving Spring Soaks in the Upper Loddon & Avoca LCN regionUpper Loddon & Avoca Landcare NetworkNorth Central$11,000.00
Wildflowers of Warrandyte: Preserving the flora diversity of Fourth HillMiddle Yarra Landcare NetworkPort Phillip and Westernport$29,270.00
Restoring Yackandandah Creek to reach its biodiversity potentialKiewa Catchment Landcare GroupNorth East$6,100.00
Chainsaw-carved tree hollows: novel habitat restoration to buffer Australia’s hollow-dependent fauna from weather extremesLa Trobe University – Department of Ecology, Environment & Evolution working with Friends of Organ Pipes National Park, Bendigo Field Naturalists,
Burke Road Billabong Reserve Management Committee,
Darebin Creek Management Committee
Port Phillip and Westernport, Mallee$48,775.00
St Paul's Students and Community Revegetation of Brooker Park's Hazel CreekSt Paul's Anglican Grammar School LimitedWest Gippsland$39,963.90
The Narbethong Holly Control ProgramThe Friends of the Marysville Walks Inc.Goulburn Broken$30,000.00
Beechworth Bush Botanic GardensBeechworth  Landcare and Sustainability Group (BULS)North East$6,100.00
Black Gum WaterwaysThreatened Species ConservancyNorth Central$46,680.00
Nest Boxes for Neo: Creating artificial nesting habitat for the Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchellaBroken Boosey Conservation Management NetworkNorth East$36,050.00
From weeds to Indigenous speciesPort Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee Inc.Glenelg Hopkins$13,550.00
Kow (Ghow) Swamp Fencing and Revegetation ProjectGunbower Landcare IncorporationNorth Central$49,950.00
Building Biodiversity - Protecting our remnants & connecting corridors along Croppers CreekGreta Valley Landcare GroupNorth East$47,920.00
Manangatang Rabbit ControlManangatang Landcare Group Inc.Mallee$47,900.00
Protecting Buloke Woodlands in Nullawill 2018/21Nullawill Landcare GroupMallee$48,025.00

A total of $2.4 million was awarded for  73 projects.


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