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East Gippsland Water Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grants

The Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation Grants Program has been developed as part of East Gippsland Water’s 2018-2023 Pricing Submission (business plan).

During extensive community engagement undertaken for the price submission, customers told us they wanted East Gippsland Water to be more environmentally focused and to do more for our local environment. As a result we have developed the grants program.

This initiative is also supported through the Victorian Government’s Water for Victoria strategy, Resilient and Liveable Cities and Towns, which focuses on Victoria being a vibrant place to live, work and visit – with cities and towns that support thriving communities and attract business and industry. Water is seen as a vital resource for our health and wellbeing – keeping our trees, sporting fields and parks green, and supporting businesses and industries that rely on a secure water supply. The aim is to improve liveability and resilience across our region.

The program will run each year of the price submission, with applications open to educational and community groups across the East Gippsland region.

Grants can be for any native vegetation or habitat creation project that meets the application criteria.

For grant enquiries please complete the form below, or contact our Community Engagement Team on 1800 671 841.

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*Applications now invited for Round 5 of funding*

This is a great opportunity for educational and not-for-profit groups in East Gippsland to push ahead on a really worthwhile project with a positive environmental outcome.

We see this initiative as particularly important at the moment. We have the ongoing impact on our natural environment of drought and bushfires, along with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – with all this continuing to affect the economic and social wellbeing of our communities.

Grants are available for new and existing projects that focus on native vegetation or habitat creation. For some great ideas please take a look at the list of successful recipients from previous rounds below.

Applications need to be submitted by 4pm on Friday 20 November.

For an application pack (which includes application criteria, an application form, eligibility, terms and conditions) please click on the link below.


Projects to receive funding in Round 1

  • Anglican Earthcare Gippsland – The Abbey Raymond Island Revegetation Project – Completed
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health – Edible Native Vegetable Garden at the Coates Road, Lakes Entrance Kindergarten – Completed
  • St Brendan’s Primary School, Lakes Entrance – Indigenous Edible Garden – Completed
  • Paynesville Cemetery Trust – Development of Native Vegetation and Bird Habitat
  • Nagle College, Bairnsdale – Nagle College Rainforest Project
  • Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group – Rejuvenate the Poet’s Walk Swifts Creek
  • Swifts Creek P-12 School – Teaching about the Tambo
  • Toorloo Arm Primary School – Centenary Garden – Completed
  • Hope Restart Centre, Bairnsdale – The Hope Revegetation Project


Projects to receive funding in Round 2

  • Buchan Primary School – Bring Back the Birds (to receive three years funding, including some $8,000 this financial year)


Projects to receive funding in Round 3

  • East Gippsland Landcare Network  – Landcare Groups Revegetating East Gippsland
  • Orbost Secondary College – Pathways to Learning
  • Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group – Sunset Drive Groundsel Control and Remediation
  • Swan Reach Primary School – Swanny Secret Wellbeing Garden


Projects to receive funding in Round 4

  • Lakes Entrance Secondary College – Indigenous Garden Project
  • St Brendan’s Primary School, Lakes Entrance – Indigenous Learning Project
  • St Joseph’s Primary School, Orbost – Native Garden for Wildlife
  • Wild Cherry School, Bairnsdale – Frog Pond and Creek Habitat