Grants and Awards

NAB Foundation Community Grants - close 30 April

Applications are now open for the NAB Foundation Community Grants program, which  provides funding of up to $25,000 for local projects that help communities withstand and recover from natural disasters. Grants support community-led projects that relate to:

  • Training and planning
  • Educational workshops, practical and strategic planning that help communities prepare for a natural disaster.
  • Community Recovery
  • Programs to enhance community connection, resilience and wellbeing post natural disaster.
  • Environment and wildlife
  • Restoration of damaged vegetation and habitat, and rehabilitation of injured wildlife.
  • Equipment and Infrastructure
  • Tools, equipment and infrastructure improvements that help communities withstand natural disasters or recover in their aftermath.

For more information and to apply

Victorian Landcare Grants - close 30 April

Environmental volunteer groups can now access $3.55 million in grant funding through the 2024 Victorian Landcare Grants program – supporting more projects that protect and restore the state’s iconic natural assets.

These grants are open to environmental volunteer groups and networks, including Landcare groups and networks, Friends groups, Conservation Management Networks, Committees of Management, Coastcare groups and Aboriginal groups.

Project Grants of up to $20,000 are available for on-ground works and community-based projects focused on preserving native vegetation and wildlife, waterways, wetlands, soils, and other natural habitats and ecosystems.

Support Grants of up to $500 are available to assist with costs such as insurance, incorporation and operational expenses, or events, community engagement, websites, and other communications.

For more information and to apply

Birdlife Australia Community Grants - close 1 May

Birdlife Australia's Community Grants Program is divided into two streams: Community Participation and Volunteering and Conservation and Applied Research.

  • Stream 1 - funding for projects which encourage community engagement and volunteering in the conservation, protection and advocacy for Australian birds and their habitats.
  • Stream 2 - funding for conservation projects which conserve birds at a local or landscape scale; or contribute applied research into bird conservation, and projects which assist in meeting conservation strategy goals.

For more information and to apply

2024 Victorian Tidy Towns and Cities Sustainability Awards - close 17 May

This is your opportunity to showcase the remarkable efforts you've made towards sustainability and environmental stewardship within your local community.

There are 10 categories to enter and we look forward to recognising, celebrating and sharing your stories.

For more information and to apply

Heywire Youth Innovation Grants - close 29 May

The Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) and ABC Heywire have grants of up $10,000 for regional communities to take action on ideas generated by young Australians.


Project ideas for the 2024 grants include: promoting a stronger connection between individuals and their land by fostering a culture of environmental protection and stewardship.

For more information and to apply

Strengthening Rural Communities - close 5 June

Strengthening Rural Communities has two grants programs available.

Small & Vital - Aims to give small remote, rural and regional communities across Australian opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Grants up to $10,000 are available for initiatives that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Prepare & Recover - helps rural communities across Australia to prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts or recover from ixisting disasters.

For more information and to apply

Grants Program - Victorian Fisheries Authority - open year round

This program is open year-round to applications from angling clubs and associations, and not-for-profit community groups for grants of $5,000 - $50,000.

Examples of projects that could qualify for funding include:

  • infrastructure and access projects (minor boat ramps or kayak launches/landings, access paths, jetties, platforms, fish cleaning tables
  • installation of instream habitat (woody, boulders, lunkers), and
  • riparian work (fencing, planting, stiles)

For more information and to apply

Training Opportunities Calendar

We look forward to sharing training opportunities with our environmental volunteering community.

If you have something you would like to add, please email environmental.volunteering@deeca.vic.gov.au

DateTimeTopicLocationLink
Monday 29th April10amOnline Cultural Safety: Learn about Cultural Safety to create inclusive, safe and welcoming spacesOnlineMore information and to register
Monday 29th April1pmSeminar: Behaviour Science. How understanding human behaviour can help us drive environmental connection and action.OnlineMore information and to register
Thursday 2nd May5.30pmUnderstanding Income Tax Reporting Changes Effecting Landcare and Environmental Not-for Profit OrganisationsOnlineMore information and to register
Thursday 9th - Friday 10th Mayall dayVictorian Landcare Forum in Bendigo - an engagement opportunity for the landcare community to promote best practice and share stories.BendigoMore information and to register
Friday 31st May10amWadawurrung Cultural Education Session - Departing from Eynesbury, join volunteers and NRM professionals on a cultural education and immersion day on country with Wadawurrung man Ash Skinner.EynesburyMore information and to register
Tuesday 4th June5.30pmIncorporation - Understand what the benefits are of being incorporated, what does it mean if you are unincorporated and what are your responsibilitiesOnlineTBC
Thursday 27th June10amOnline Cultural Safety: Learn about Cultural Safety to create inclusive, safe and welcoming spacesOnlineMore information and register

Workshops - Understanding human behaviour to influence change in your community

Are you passionate about sustainability and keen to find out more about how to motivate and create change in your community? Then this workshop is for you.

Sustainability Victoria are partnering with Behaviour Works Australia to offer free workshops across Victoria to help volunteer and community groups understand the role human behaviour can play in driving successful outcomes for your sustainability projects.

The workshops are designed for community volunteers who are working to create sustainable changes across their community and will include:

  • An introduction to key concepts of behaviour science.
  • Tools and frameworks to help you develop behaviour change interventions that will enhance the effectiveness of your sustainability projects.
  • A practical session to apply your new knowledge to your own program or project.

Workshop details

The interactive workshops will run for four hours including lunch and will provide places for 20 participants.

These workshops are free, but numbers will be strictly limited. If you are interested in participating, we ask that you submit an expression of interest by "purchasing" an Eventbrite ticket to the event. Successful applicants will be notified by email one to two weeks prior to the event. If your application to attend this workshop is not successful, you may be invited to attend another session, or to attend the online workshop at the end of May (details to come).

WHERE: Nakunbalook Environmental and Cultural Education Centre - Nakunbalook Pl, Sale Botanic Gardens
WHEN: Wednesday 17th April, 10am-2pm
Express your interest

WHERE: Drouin Community Hub, 1 Oak Street, Drouin
WHEN: Thursday 18th April, 10am-2pm
Express your interest

WHERE: Wodonga Council, 104 Hovell St, Wodonga, VIC 3690
WHEN: Wednesday 1 May, 10am-2pm
Express your interest

WHERE: Billabong Nursery, 295 Numurkah Road, Shepparton VIC 3630
WHEN: Thursday May 2nd 2024
Express your interest

WHERE: Swan Hill Town Hall
WHEN: Tuesday 7th of May 2024
Express your interest

WHERE: The Round, 379-399 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading VIC 3131
WHEN: Friday 10th of May 2024
Express your interest

WHERE: Council reception, Horsham Rural City Council
WHEN: Monday 13th of May 2024
Express your interest

WHERE: 910 Pleasant Street South, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350
WHEN: Tuesday 14th of May 2024
Express your interest

Page last updated: 18/04/24