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The Our Catchments, Our Communities Leadership Development Grants support the development of future leaders in integrated catchment management in Victoria across 3 categories:

  • Innovation: new approaches and knowledge to address contemporary issues in integrated catchment management.
  • Aboriginal Leadership: recognising and supporting Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians as leaders.
  • Women in Leadership: improving diversity and inclusion and the opportunity for women to lead.


The grants provide funding of up to $10,000 per category to early and mid-career individuals working in the natural resource management sector to support travel, study, research, training and other forms of professional development for integrated catchment management.

Recipients are required to share the knowledge and experience gained to strengthen the catchment management sector. The 2023 round opened on 11 April 2023.

The 2023 grants build on the 4 previous rounds and are aligned to the strategic directions statement Our Catchments, Our Communities, Building on the Legacy for Better Stewardship. Specifically, they build the capacity of sector partners, Traditional Owners and the broader community – stewardship, adaptation to climate change impact, and recovery from extreme events.

The grants are funded from the $21.75 million 2021-2024 Our Catchments, Our Communities program, part of the Victorian Government’s $248 million investment in waterway and catchment health.


Applications closed 8 May 2023. Notification to applicants is pending.

Funded projects

Read about the Leadership Development Grant recipients from 2019 and 2020.

Page last updated: 20/09/23