What is the purpose of the grants program?

  • The Our Catchments, Our Communities Leadership Development Grants are given to support the development of future leaders in integrated catchment management in Victoria by providing individuals with professional development opportunities.
  • The grants program provides funding for activities that support early and mid-career individuals to improve their leadership skills and capabilities, fostering a new generation of leaders in integrated catchment management in Victoria.
  • More information on the grants program is available in the grant guidelines document available at https://www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2020.

What is Integrated Catchment Management?

  • Integrated catchment management is the coordinated management of land, water and biodiversity resources based on catchment areas. This approach incorporates environmental, economic and social considerations and seeks to ensure the long-term viability of natural resource systems and human needs across current and future generations.

How many grant categories are there?

  • There are three grant categories: Innovation, Aboriginal Leadership, and Women in Leadership.
  • Please note: Only people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent are eligible to apply for the Aboriginal Leadership category.

Who is eligible for the grant funding/who can apply?

At the time of application, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Early and mid-career individuals working in the Natural Resource Management sector for:
    • Government agencies or bodies
    • private sector businesses or agencies
    • educational institutions
    • Local Government authorities
    • Non-Governmental Organisations
    • Not-for-profit Organisations
    • community networks and groups

How much funding is available for each grant?

  • There is a total of $10,000 available under each grant category. Applicants may request any amount up to $10,000. Applicants applying for amounts less than the $10,000 available will not be penalised.

What type of activities will be considered for funding?

The grants are to be used for professional development such as travel, study, research or training. Eligible activities include:

  • Registration costs for training, course/s, or leadership program/s
  • Travel costs (transport, accommodation, meals) – all flights must be economy class
  • Costs associated with research, excluding purchase of equipment
  • Administrative costs associated with your professional development activity (e.g. communication materials, photocopying and printing)

More information on what is and isn’t eligible for funding can be found in the grants guidelines document available at https://www.water.vic.gov.au/grants/ococ2020.

What is the assessment criteria for applications?

Applicants should address all of the following general criteria in the online application form:

  • An aspiration to be a leader in integrated catchment management
  • Demonstrate relevant background and experience in natural resource management and/or integrated catchment management
  • Proposals must include the following:
    • the purpose for the travel, study, research and/or training
    • how the proposal will contribute to your leadership in integrated catchment management in Victoria
    • how the proposal will further the applicant’s professional development and improve their leadership capabilities
    • how the proposal will benefit integrated catchment management in Victoria
    • how others will benefit from the knowledge and experience gained, and how that knowledge and experience will be shared with the catchment management sector
    • timelines and itinerary
    • budget details
    • demonstrates that the proposal is achievable within the timeframe and budget
    • third-party endorsement/written references (employer where applicable)

Can I apply for more than one grant, or under more than one grant category?

  • Yes, but you must fill out a new form for each different application. However, applicants cannot be successful with more than one of their applications.

Can I submit an application on behalf of someone else?

  • No, applications submitted on behalf of another individual will not be considered.

When do applications close?

How do you choose which applications are successful?

  • A grants assessment panel will review shortlisted grant applications and make recommendations to the Hon Lisa Neville, Minister for Water.

How long do successful applicants have to complete their project?

  • Applicants will have 12 months from receipt of payment to spend allocated funds.

When will I hear whether I have been successful or not?

    Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email after the assessment process is completed. Notification is expected by 18 May 2020.

I would like to apply for a course or program, but the success of my enrolment will not be known until after the application deadline. Can I still apply for a grant?

    Yes. In this situation, you should make it clear in your application that the success of your enrolment is not yet known. You must let us know prior to the 10 April 2020 the status of your enrolment by emailing ourcatchments.ourcommunities@delwp.vic.gov.au. Recommendations are expected to be made to the Minister for Water on this date.

Can I apply for a grant to study at University?

  • You can apply for funding to complete a stand-alone course or module facilitated by a University institution, but you cannot apply for a grant to complete modules or courses which contribute to your academic/tertiary degree at University.

Will applicants be required to match funding?

  • No, applicants are not required to match funding.

Is it possible to change what I want to do after I have received my grant?

  • Yes, it is possible to vary your initiative/project after you have received funding. Any changes must be discussed with, and approved by, the appropriate DELWP officer before they can be included as part of the grants program. Please contact ourcatchments.ourcommunities@delwp.vic.gov.au for more information.

Who can I contact for further information or help in completing my application?

  • Please contact the Victorian Government’s Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 or email ourcatchments.ourcommunities@delwp.vic.gov.au for assistance.
  • Please note: we can only provide general advice on completing your application. To maintain the fairness and integrity of the process, applicants cannot be offered specific, individualised support or help with their applications.

Page last updated: 03/02/20