Community Grants

We’re working together to make change for the Lakes

Community is at the heart of the Love Our Lakes program. These wonderful organisations and groups play an important role in contributing to a healthy Gippsland Lakes. Passionate and full of local knowledge, the Lakes’ community has a history of completing projects and leveraging government investment by calling on their group members and volunteers for assistance. Community grants are for groups to complete environmental projects that will help improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

Nicholson River Landcare Group
The Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee Community Grants 2023-24 are now open for online application.

These grants support the groups that support the Lakes by providing funds to allow them to complete environmental and community projects.

Community groups are invited to submit applications to deliver programs to continue improving the health of the lakes through on-ground management activities and community engagement.

Applications close Monday 1 May 2023 at 5pm.

Step 1: Read the Gippsland Lakes Community Grants Guidelines

The Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan will also help you in your application.

Step 2: Apply here – This link will take you to the online entry form

For more information and to answer any queries, contact Sharon Eyssens SEyssens@egcma.com.au 0400 739 232..

Funding for these grants has been made available from the Victorian State Government for the health of the Gippsland Lakes.


Past Applicants

Marine Mammal Foundation

Citizen Science is a backbone of the Love Our Lakes program. One of the key programs underway at the moment is the Lakes Champions program run by Kate and the team at the Marine Mammal Foundation. This initiative funded by our Community Grants program aims to work with community, visitors and schools to monitor and protect the dolphins. Another reason we love our Lakes!


Heyfield Wetlands Committee

Not a tree anywhere and terribly degraded is how Mike describes the Heyfield Wetlands before the community got going. What a success story! Press play and let Mike show you around and tell you all about it. This fab initiative has been supported through funding from our Community Grants program.


2022 Community Grant Applicants

Nine projects shared in total of $463,000 to be delivered over two years, with projects ranging from dolphin citizen science and project that help connect the lakes and improving water quality and biodiversity. Read more

2019 Community Grant Applicants

More than $270,000 has been allocated to nine projects aimed at improving the health of the iconic Gippsland Lakes. Read more

2018 Successful Grant Applicants

Ten projects have been funded in the 2018-2019 Gippsland Lakes Community Grants. Read more

2018 Successful Grant Applicants

Five projects have been funded in the 2017-2018 community grants. These projects complement projects funded by the Victorian State Government to be implemented across the Lakes. Read more

2017 Successful Grant Applicants

Eleven projects have been funded in this round of the 2017 Gippsland Lakes Community Grants. These projects are in line with the Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan and the community grant guidelines. Read more